This is my second trip to London in a year and who knows if there will be a third one… maybe. For this simple reason I would like to share with you some tips, locations, and places I visited at the beginning of October.
The main purpose of this trip to London was to visit the exhibition dedicated to the king of pop Michael Jackson On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery (28th Jun -21st October). The exhibition, as stated on the leaflet, wants to explore the influence of Michael Jackson on some of he leading names in contemporary art.
The exhibition is divided in 14 areas mainly exhibiting pieces of art created by famous artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, David LaChapelle, Dara Birnbaum, Candice Breitz, Kaws and many many others. In some rooms there are also videos of Michael’s concerts and photos. The installation that emotioned me more was the one with the black penny loafers (just like those Michael used to wear) hold up by coloured balloons. Amazing!
Then after this emotional exhibition and a step back in time, I slowly walking from Trafalgar Square to Convent Garden – one of my favorite part of London. Here, of course, I visited the Covent Garden Market with its beautiful and fancy stores.
But on the way to Covent Garden I discovered the Petersham Nurseries which is place of beauty, an emporium of goods and celebration of the seasons.
If you are looking for a nice and fancy hotel to stay at in London, I would recommend the Citizen M at Tower of London where from the 7th floor you will enjoy an amazing view of Tower Bridge and London’s most famous landmarks.
Not only museum and stores but also good and quality food like at traditional fish&chips at Poppies in Spitafield (another interesting area to visit) or a delicious lobster burger at Burger&Lobster on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichol’s , luxury department store, in Knightsbridge (near Harrods).
In my previous visit, I did not have much time to walk around Notting Hill and Portobello Road so this time I spent more time discovering this nice area full of stores, tourists, cafes. restaurants, and old things to sell and to buy. I really had great time here.
When you start walking along Portobello Road, it is almost impossible not to go in every single stores, some of these are typical British stores like Highland Store where I bought a cozy block check ruana in shades of blue made with 100% soft lambswool.
Needless to say that to visit London either you walk or you take the public transports: if you don’t own an Oyster card it is not a problem anymore because now you can pay the buses or metro with your contactless credit card. Fantastic!
I hope I have intrigued you with these London tips and see you soon there!