If I had just 24 hours to spend in the Big Smoke, what would I get up to? That’s probably one of the harder questions I’ve had to answer. As a Londoner or as a tourist, the city can be overwhelming to say the least. Together with the Watchshop, I’m bringing you my guide to the perfect chilled day in London Town.
With a bright and early start in East London, first stop on the magical mystery tour was Columbia Road Flower Market. Set in the most beautiful of locations, the flower market is a treat for the senses. With pretty blooms in every colour you could possibly imagine, succulents of every shape and size and even a pineapple tree or two, it’s the perfect place to grab a coffee to go and take a stroll. Prepare to jostle your way through crowds of snap happy tourists and locals carrying enormous houseplants.
I ended up leaving with huge bouquet of baby’s breath and yet another succulent but I easily could have blown all my cash on bunches of roses and tulips – and yes, probably the pineapple plant too!
After a stroll through the market, it’s well worth exploring the surrounding area. E2 has some beautiful streets – plenty of exposed brick, row upon row of pastel-hued doorways and vintage cars a plenty. I could literally while away the hours wandering and taking photos.
On this occasion we did just that. You can see plenty of street inspo from the day on my instagram @charlieemilyhart.
I would definitely recommend visiting Columbia Road if you’re in London, even if you can’t get to the flower market itself. You won’t regret it.
Once you’ve had your fill of pretty fleurs and doorways, Shoreditch is just a few minutes walk away. Shopping in Old Spitalfields Market is one of my favourites and it just so happens to be the perfect place to stop and warm up with a coffee or a fresh peppermint tea from the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. They also have board games so if you find yourself wanting to play a game of connect 4, that’s the place to be.
When dinnertime rolls around, there’s no lack of options in the area. On this occasion, Pizza East was calling my name. The spicy sausage and broccoli pizza is deeelicious and obviously healthy because broccoli. I’d recommend checking out it out for yourself. Other favourites include Patty & Bun (literally my favourite burger ever) or Dishoom (I still haven’t been but I’ve heard it’s awesome).
It was time to say goodbye to East London and hop on the tube to central. London has a huge theatre scene and while tickets to a big Broadway musical can cost a lot, there’s plenty of great shows to see on a budget. The Play That Goes Wrong is a really hilarious twist on the traditional murder mystery. While slapstick comedy isn’t always my favourite, it impressed me with how clever it was really clever and had me laughing out loud.
What are your favourite things to do in London?
*this post was written in collaboration with Watchshop as part of the ‘Unbox Your City’ campaign. All words and images are my own.