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With so much to do in London, it can be hard to decide where to begin. Paula from The LDN Diaries has together a guide of my top spots and activities for a fun filled few days in the capital.

Take in the view

The best thing about London is the ease of getting around, hop on the Underground, the bus, walk or even grab a Boris Bike, however one of the best ways to see the City is from above. Head to Sky Garden, a free to visit garden and viewing point with 360-degree views over London, just be sure to book your ticket online in advance. It also has restaurants, so you can enjoy some food whilst you enjoy the view, just like Duck & Waffle which is another great option to see the city from up high. I recommend the early breakfast to see the sunrise, it’s open 24 hours so not one to be missed. Hot spots also include the view from The Shard and the London Eye on the Southbank river.

A hidden gem you might not know of is the view from the Tate Modern platform. On the top of the newest Tate Modern building, it’s free to visit and you get a spectacular view of the River Thames. Take in the art afterwards, it’s one of the most popular museums in London.

Themed Afternoon Tea

A visit to London isn’t complete without afternoon tea, luckily London has some very different offerings from the usual. Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel is perfect for any fashion lovers, the afternoon tea has cakes inspired by the latest designs from top fashion designers, think biscuits that look like dresses and handbag shaped cakes. For families, the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel with an Alice in Wonderland theme is a guaranteed fun afternoon.

If you’re in London on a theatre break, then why not enjoy the Theatre Not Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols Brasserie within the OXO Tower. From the high heights enjoy a theatre themed tea based on musicals such as Wicked and inspired by the neighbouring Globe theatre.

Ballie Ballerson

Bright Lights Big City

If you want to go out for a few drinks or party in the evening but fancy something a little different then check out Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch, a giant adult ball pit with neon lit up balls and a bar, as well as retro sweetie cocktails and food. Tonight Josephine is a neon signed lit bar, with great cocktails and a funky interior. For more neon lights God’s Own Junkyard is a little further afield but worth a visit, admire the work of late artist Chris Bracey in this out of town warehouse.

If you love the buzz of the City then shopping in Oxford Street is your go to area, the street runs parallel with Regent Street, the second major shopping street in London. Here you will find all the places to shop, with big retailers and department store Selfridges. Take a turn and you’ll end up on Bond Street, where all the designer shops are. For shopping somewhere a little quieter, East London and South London have smaller areas and more boutique stores.

The shops on Oxford Street are open late, until 9pm most evenings, so take advantage and afterwards why not pop to Sketch. Inside they have a restaurant with a stunning pink interior and if you only came for a drink at the bar, then be sure to check out their futuristic loo pods, you won’t miss them and it’s ok to take a picture, everyone does.

Oxford Street

Treat yourself

If all the shopping and sightseeing becomes too much, then London has some of the top spas and salons. Book in for a spa day at ESPA Spa at the Corinthia Hotel, you will have access to the thermal floor, which has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and I highly recommend a full body massage, the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets.

Try out one of London’s top pop-in salons, Duck & Dry is where you can have your hair-blow dried in just 30 mins, leave with glamorous curls or maybe even an up-do. London Grace nail salon is a beautiful nail salon with branches across London including Angel and Clapham. Choose from manicures and pedicures and enjoy a glass of fizz at the same time, a good one on a girly weekend or just for some me-time.

If you need the full-works, Privet Body in South London is one of the nicest salons, inside you’ll find a gardening theme, with the treatment rooms being named after things you’ll find in the garden. Here you can pamper from head-to-toe with waxing, self-tanning, body scrubs, facials and more.

Feeling inspired? Book your trip to London and discover all the city has to offer.

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