The Tofu Diaries – London in 48 hours

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Food and travel blogger Natalie Tamara, also known as The Tofu Diaries, recently teamed with SuperBreak to document her very own 48 hour trip. Her location of choice? The hustling, bustling city of London. As the capital of the UK, London has some of the best tourist attractions in the world. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, the glamorous West End and the River Thames, to name a few, draw tourists from all over the world every year. Take a peek at her itinerary and be inspired!

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Saturday

Day 1:

10:30 – Covent Garden

Taking a leisurely stroll through Covent Garden provides a wealth of street entertainment, a plethora of shops and the iconic Royal Opera House, which forms the corner of the Piazza. The London Transport Museum offers hours of discovery and exploration into the history of one of the world’s oldest transportation systems; perfect for the history enthusiast. Ripe with shopping opportunities, the St Martin’s Courtyard and Seven Dials areas offer plenty of choice for a retail splurge.

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11:30 – Brunch at Le Pain Quotidien

Brunch in London is simply a must, and where better than the Covent Garden branch of ‘Le Pain Quotidien’. The delightful eatery offers an appetising menu that will set you up perfectly for the busy day ahead, exploring London. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to a late breakfast or early lunch, such as Mabel’s, Lima Floral, Bill’s and Tutton’s – with many featuring outdoor seating on the iconic cobbled pathways.

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13:00 – A Thames River Cruise

A short walk down the river will take you to Westminster Pier, where you are then able to board the ‘River Rover’. Travelling down the Thames offers the opportunity to experience some of London’s most famous landmarks in a short space of time, some of the most notable being: Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, The Shard and the Tower of London, to name a few.

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15:00 –A stroll along North Bank

To return back to hotel is just a short walk back to Covent Garden, via the riverside paths of the Thames. The relaxing stroll, ideal for tourists, back along the North Bank offers up opportunities to capture some of those iconic snaps of famed landmarks and iconic scenes.

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16:00 – Fix up, look sharp!

We all love to look and feel our best, particularly when we’re away, and a quick freshen up at the hotel will kick-start your evening. The Kingsway Hall Hotel is a 4 star establishment set in a traditional Edwardian building, offering spacious and high quality rooms, but with all the modern necessities; ideal for a short break. But a stone’s throw from all main transport links including two tube stations and easy access to Kings Cross station by bus.

17:30 – An early dinner in Covent Garden  

The Real Greek offers an authentic Greek tapas dining experience. A wide range of options include over ten vegan-friendly dishes. The variety of food offered is delightful, with the staff recommending strongly that all who visit should try their staple flatbread dish. If your tastes lie elsewhere, Covent Garden offers a wealth of dining experiences including; Chez Antoinette, Asia de Cuba, Hawksmoor, Roka and Christopher’s – all offering a variety of delicious menus across a selection of cuisines.

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19:30 – Motown the Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

A short walk along Endell Street from the restaurant will bring you to the Shaftesbury Theatre, the lavish setting for Motown The Musical. The performance offers an impressive and enthralling evening entertainment, from some of the most talented performers in the West End. Motown The Musical offers a glimpse into the legendary story of the record label that changed the music industry forever and set the soundtrack to the generation of soul.

22:30 – Drinks in Covent Garden en-route to the hotel

Stopping off for a night-cap in one of the many bars in Covent Garden is a relaxing way to end a jam-packed day. The warm evenings mean that you can enjoy a drink whilst sat outside, enjoying the breeze. Much like the food offering in the area, bars are plentiful and a variety of popular options are available. These include Blind Spot; a delightful hidden cocktail sanctuary, Dirty Martini; it’s all in the name really, The American Bar at the Savoy; considered a hallowed site for cocktail couture and Roadhouse; the underground gem offering live entertainment inspired by American diners.

23:15 – Night at Kingsway Hall Hotel

After such a busy day, a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep always feel well deserved. The 4 star luxury offered by the Kingsway Hotel offers just that, a peaceful and comfortable room whilst remaining in the heart of the city.

Sunday

Day 2:

9:00 – Hotel for breakfast

The Kingsway Hall Hotel offers a great variety of food for breakfast, including an extensive hot and cold buffet complete with fresh fruit, a selection of cooked items and both hot and cold drinks. The food selection offers plenty of vegan friendly options too, meaning there is something available for everyone!

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10:30 – The View from the Shard

A master feat of architecture and engineering, The Shard is the perfect place to view the whole city. Tickets do come at a premium on the day, so pre-booking is definitely recommended in order to save some pennies and not be disappointed due to the sheer popularity of this attraction. Earlier time slots are pegged as the best option to avoid crowds, queues and an overall better viewing experience. The Shard also offers a variety of drinking and dining experiences, which allow you to spend even more time enjoying the spectacular views.

11:30 – Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is only a short walk from the Shard, and is a must see for any trip to London. The area offers a selection of shops and cafes that will give you chance to take a breather and take in the many sights and sounds in the capital. A trip to the area is topped off with a trip to London’s largest rooftop garden, located at Crossrail Place. The botanical garden is the perfect place to learn more about the area and relax, in an otherwise bustling environment.