London on a Lunch Break
Due to recent developments I am back to being based in the city centre again and have finally returned to the land of the employed - praise bloody be! When one door closes another opens as they say… To those who haven’t landed on their feet just yet don’t worry, you will get there!
This leads me to the reason behind this post; I’m a sucker for a lunchtime exploration (just call me Dora) and tend to make the most of my hour of office freedom whenever I’ve been based in the city, and I’m delighted to be able to do so again. There’s many a gem to be seen around London’s centre, and the below list contains my fave spots to hit up during a lunchtime amble:
Leicester Square - now almost completely void of tourists you can enjoy the fountain display in all its splendour, as well as the ‘Scenes from the Square' installation which is pretty cool.
Chinatown - a stone’s throw from Leicester Square and a lunchbreak must-visit if you enjoy decorative gates worthy of the ‘gram, and authentic bao buns that deserve to take a ‘bao’.
Kingly Court - just off from Carnaby Street tucked away you’ll find Kingly Court, which is undeniably a foodie’s paradise, with its three-story alfresco dining style setting. From the popular Pizza Pilgrims to the slick ‘secret bar’ Cahoots there’s deffo something to satisfy even the pickiest eater\drinker.
Neals Yard - colourful houses, cute bakery selling amazing doughnuts, somewhere to sit to take in the quaintness of it all, what’s not to love?
Soho Square - according to Wikipedia,“Soho Square is a garden square in Soho, London hosting since 1954 a de facto public park”- basically it’s a sweet little refuge near Oxford street where you can take a load off if you don’t fancy trekking further afield. Also, there’s a cute mock-Tudor building in the centre which is a great photo opp.
6. National Gallery - great for when you fancy some peace and quiet away from the bustling streets, plus you get to see Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers'.
7. House of MinaLima - calling all Potterheads, this one’s for you. If you can’t afford to go all out and cough up for the Harry Potter Studios Tour, this is a charming alternative (entry is free, something which cannot be taken for granted in London...). It features original graphic props from the films and is run by the design studio behind them. Expect wanted posters from Azkaban, fireplaces spilling with Hogwarts acceptance letters and even Ron’s infamous Howler.
8. Covent Garden - you can catch a quirky live show, peruse the markets, perch on the photogenic flower seats and, probably post-work, grab a cheeky Aperol Spritz for a fiver from Maxwell’s.
9. Buckingham Palace - what was once a certified tourist trap is now a pleasant spot to actually sit and take in the architecture. With minimal traffic and scarlessly any people you can appreciate the Queen’s crib in all its glory.
10. St James’s Park - the perfect picnic spot if you don’t mind sharing with the native pelicans. Also, there’s a large pond with a nice view of the London Eye that is better than it sounds.