London is one of those cities that keeps calling me back. I have been 3 times now and just booked my 4th. The city feels new and exciting with every visit. There is a seemingly never-ending list of places to see, things to do, places to shop, and, of course, things to eat.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life: Samuel Johnson.
So far, it has yet to bore me. Over my past few trips to this incredible and semi overwhelming city, I have built up a list of my favourite neighbourhoods and every time I visit new ones get added.
Here is my current list of favourite little nooks.
Once an English Lit major, always an English Lit major. Bloomsbury was one of the first stops I made on my very first visit to London, and I keep coming back to it.
The literary history, stunning buildings, tree covered squares, and parks keep me thinking about strolls along its romantic streets long after I have gone home.
This neighbourhood is also the namesake of the Bloomsbury group, a group of writers, philosophers, and artists who frequently met in this area in the early 20th century. So there is a healthy amount of literary fangirling going on as well. As I said, English Lit nerd (points at self).
If you're looking for gorgeous squares, pubs, and more this area is lovely to stroll around. It is also home to the British Museum. I suggest visiting the museum in the morning on a weekday to avoid crowds, then meander along the tree-lined streets of Bloomsbury, before finding a pub for afternoon food and drinks.
On my last trip to London, we booked our Airbnb in the Maida Vale, Little Venice area. I didn't know a lot about this neighbourhood as it was entirely new to me.
One Google search and I was obsessed.
This hidden gem is like a little miniature Venice tucked away in central London. It's full of dreamy canals, stunning bridges, and willow trees. Cafes and restaurants are nestled around the canals which make it a perfect spot for dinner or drinks.
It reminded me more of Amsterdam than Venice with the long houseboats flanking the canal and the gorgeous brick townhomes around every corner.
This neighbourhood is a must-see and really feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the more popular neighbourhoods.
Shoreditch is such a cool place. Much cooler than me by a mile. The home is vintage shops, gastro pubs, street art, it's gritty, artsy, and really fun to explore.
We checked out Tom Hardy's Bike Shed and the Columbia Road Flower Market, as well as just strolled around and window shopped the streets and alleys.
If you are looking for a different London vibe this is a great neighbourhood to explore and one I plan on trying to stay in next time we visit.
Looking for more neat things to see and do in Shoreditch, see Culture Trip's Top 10 Things to Do In Shoreditch here.
We popped over to Camden Town on the very last day of our last trip. I completely fell in love with it. It has a very unique feel and the streets were bustling with crowds.
This is for sure a neighbourhood we will be going back to again and again. We walked the crowded streets from the tube to Camden Market and then walked through Regent's Park on our way home. I can't recommend the market enough. You can read more about my fave London Markets here.
Looking for the best spots to eat in Camden Town, click here for Culture Trip's Top 10 Restaurants.
This one is likely already on your list. If you have seen the movie Notting Hill 1000 times like me, then you already have a pretty clear of what this part of London looks and feels like.
I'd tell you it's totally nothing like the movie, but that would be a lie. It's exactly as cute and high end as you imagine it.
I have spent time in this neighbourhood every time I have visited London. Much like the city, this place feels a little different every time we go.
If you have never been, I recommend walking Portobello Road and seeing the market. Then branch off from there onto the quieter side streets to break away from the crowds.
London is already on the list for this year as I head back to the UK with family for a Scottish Highlands adventure (cannot wait for that!).
We are definitely going to spend a few days in London, likely as bookends to the Scotland getaway. If you have a fave spot I need to check out let me know in the comments!