All The Awesome Things I’ve Seen & Done in London That You Should Do Too

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CARNABY STREET – Christmas lights and decorations sparkle up London’s cold winter months and are almost worth a trip to Oxford Street. But my favourite are the lights in Carnaby Street – I don’t want to give it away so the photo is from last year, but it shows they take a different approach to your standard street lights/decorations. And while you are there you can do some shopping in Kingly Court, have a drink at Joe’s or take a look at the bizarre chocolate creations at Choccywoccydoodah.

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BROOKLYN COFFEE – a newish coffee place near run by New Yorkers who’ve brought their brand to Brick Lane. According to their Instagram they ‘ love cool shit & make great coffee’. Now, I don’t drink coffee but luckily I have a friend who is obsessed with finding good coffee and who was more than happy to share her thoughts “they have excellent quality coffee, maybe the best I’ve had in London complete with the friendliest staff”. I can confirm the latter, as well adding that the hot chocolate was pretty good.

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SANDEMANS TOUR – I mentioned Sandemans in my Amsterdam post and because they are my favourite walking tours I am going to add them here too. I am a not a fan of the bus tours so when my friends visit I take them for the Free Tour. The tour took about 3.5 hours – that includes a break – and takes you to all the important tourist things you can’t miss on your first visit in the city.

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FORBIDDEN PLANET – the world’s biggest science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment shop and a must-see shop for comic geeks and fanboys/girls. There is a whole floor devoted to must-have merchandise with everything from Adventure Time to Star Wars. And then there is a a basement floor with comics and books ranging from Marvel to Attack on Titan.

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THE SEBRIGHT ARMS – I came in here because I had heard the Lucky Chip burgers they serve were really good (and their only other location at the time was a market van open only on weekends- though now they have a more permanent location in Dalston), and to say I wasn’t disappointed is a massive understatement. Heading inside I found a great pub which served a fantastic selection of beers – which you can taste before making your decision and a small venue for live music which puts on shows with rising acts as well as established ones. And let’s not forget the the burgers – definitely worth a try.

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  1. I love all the Christmas decorations that go up in London but have never looked down Carnaby Street so will definitely have a look when I’m down next week. I can highly recommend the chocolate sharing platter from Choccywoccydoodah!

    Heather x

  2. Lucky Chip at Sebright Arms is the best! Love going there on a Sunday! Will give New York Coffee a try!

    Great photos! I love the matte effect! What filter/action did you use?

    Vic x

  3. Love all the ideas, i really need to see this year’s christmas decorations, they’re always a highlight of the Christmas season! Also ive never heard of the forbidden planet but it totally sounds like its worth a visit.

  4. Forbidden planet is great and I can’t wait to visit Carnaby street again for the lights πŸ™‚

  5. Going to London during Christmas holidays -last year- was a dream came true!!! Unfortunately I didn’t see Carnaby street Christmas lights……but my favourite decorations were at Covent Garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The huge christmas balls,the tree, Rudolph,Lego snow globe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for telling us about Sandema’s tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I will definitely visit “The sebright arms” & “Forbidden planet” on my next trip to London πŸ™‚

  6. Love that street lights in Carnaby! An added attraction good for this holiday season. Thank you for sharing the rest. Something to look forward to on my next visit to London.

  7. I’m taking notes from this post. A lot of notes. I’m always looking for a good coffee when I’m abroad and this Brooklyn Coffee seems worth a visit if I’ll visit again London (and I really want to come back there!).
    Also Sandemans tours and Forbidden Planet sound pretty interesting. Perhaps the last one is not a great idea for my wallet πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the tips!

  8. London is at the top of my “to-do” list! I am dying to go there and reading this post just makes me want to even more! Carnaby street sounds like it must be perfect around Christmas time!

  9. Ohh, Forbidden Planet is always a treasure! I’ll make sure to head over there when I’m in London next month. I’ll try the pub as well, it sounds nice!

  10. The best way to see London is walking around and finding all the hidden gems. I spend many a weekend doing this and have found some amazing places, parks, statues and food. Lucy x

  11. I fell in love with you blog! I have been to London a few days ago and I wish I had read it earlier πŸ™‚ But I have walked Carnaby street and I think the christmas decoration was much better in 2013 than this year..