London is of course a truly fabulous city. However, for women working nine-to-five in the city, it can sometimes seem to be a rather dull place to live in. The weeks can get long, while the weekends end up being ridiculously short and simply not long enough to fully recover from the week! What’s then needed is a good old fashioned weekend road trip. Here is the ultimate girls’ day out in London.
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We’ll begin with a bite to eat for breakfast as this after all is the most important meal of the day. London has a plethora of great spots to eat and even when it comes to breakfast, you may very well be spoilt for choice.
St. John in Clerkenwell is a brilliant place to grab a bit of breakfast serving some delicious well-sourced, simply cooked traditional food.
Shop ‘til you Drop
Next on the list of to-dos is rather obvious but only because there’s no reason why anyone would want to do anything else. It’s time to shop ladies and luckily for us, London is one of the world’s great shopping cities (locals will go further and tell you it’s the greatest).
You’ll want to start at Oxford Street, the hub of shopping in London. There you’ll enjoy everything from Topshop to Selfridges. You’ll then want to move unto Carbany Street for unique independent boutiques, global fashion, brands and award winning restaurants and cafes.
Now you’re in Carnaby Street you’ll have the perfect opportunity to grab some perfect lunch. If you’re into Thai food, Mangosteen is the place for you. With incredible and authentic dishes, no lover of Thai food will leave Mangosteen disappointed.
If Thai’s not really for you, Mother Mash might suit your needs with the modern British restaurant taking its inspiration from traditional pie and mash shops.
Carnaby Street certainly isn’t short on options of brilliant places to eat and therein you’ll also find the delightful C’est ici specialising in Fresh Seafood, Meats and Vegetarian dishes with European and Mediterranean influences.
Now you’ve had been shopping and had your heavy lunch, it’s time to relax and let off any stress you may have. What better way to relax than with the full on spa treatment. Spa London with one branch in Bethnal Green and another at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre will do the trick. With steam rooms, Turkish hamam and plunge pools, you’ll definitely leave Spa London feeling ten times lighter.
Escape to the City Salt Scrub, an amazing 25-minute treatment that’ll remove all excess dirt that might have built up while shopping.
Now you’re relaxed and scrubbed up from the spa, it’s time to drive down to the Royal Court Theatre for a bit of entertainment. The River is the play you’ll want to be seeing there with tickets being so in demand for its world premiere that they’ll only go on sale the day of purchase. Starring Dominic West and being the product of the dream production team that composed the classic and infamous Jerusalem, expectations are understandably high.
The premiere is on 18th October and the play will continue showing until the 17th November.
Now it’s time for some dinner and there is no place better to eat than the Hawksmoor in Covent Garden. Better than the original – which itself was incredible – this is the best place to enjoy a steak I’ve come across in London. Food isn’t cheap here and will be around £50 per head, however it’ll certainly be worth it.
Beth O’Brien is a student from Bournemouth University, currently working for Holiday Advisor. She is passionate about travel, spending a year exploring the UK whilst studying, and believes that you should always be prepared.
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