I recently had the pleasure of exploring London for 48 hours with my wife. And I don't use the term explore lightly. She had been there several times before but it was my very first time. I have been some exotic places but I had always put London of because I assumed it would be too similar to my home, New York City. In some ways it was, but not in the ways that I thought. It was definitely worth the trip and I am currently plotting on how and when I can get back! First I have to save my coins because you know, that U.S. to U.K. conversion rate is no joke right now. At the time of my trip it was 1.5 dollars to ever pound (lawdamercy)
The Mrs. and I were able to visit so many neighborhoods, see so many sites, eat SO MUCH GOOD FOOD and hang to get the local vibes. To keep it short and sweet, here is your go-to guide to London Town.
Areas to explore: Shoreditch and Brixton for down to earth, chill vibes with slight graffiti and artsy flair. Notting Hill - a historic area with pastel lined row homes, boutiques and more. China Town - the cleanest and coolest China Town I've seen anywhere around the world! Westminster for all the tourist sites. Also check out Chelsea and Brick Lane.
Sites you can't miss: Big Ben, The London Eye, Liberty of London, red phone booths (they're everywhere)
Where to eat & drink:
In Shoreditch check out Boxpark which is a market of food/shops etc. Also Dirty Bones restaurant.
Duck & Waffle - is a really dope restaurant that gives 360 views of London. The food was also bomb. Obvi get the duck and waffle and also try the corn dog if you eat pork. It was phenomenal
In Brixton or Notting Hill (visit both areas if you can) try Rum Bar Kitchen
In China Town (much cooler & cleaner than ours in NYC) go to Opium Bar/Lounge a hole in the wall with cool vibes. All of China Town's food is bomb too so give yourself time to explore and eat
Afternoon Tea is a British thing... may want to check it out at Liberty of London
Stagolees is a BOMB restaurant - i believe this is in the Chelsea area - southern american food from a Houston/NY expat. Ashley, she's really cool. If you go, tell her Soul Society sent ya :)
Getting around: Uber works really well in London but can rack up really quickly because of the weight of the British Pound. Good thing trains and buses in London are super easy to navigate and efficient.
Other recommendations that we didn't get a chance to hit:
Mayfield Lavender Farms (about an hour out of the city proper)