Trade show season just started and our sales team was conquering London the past two days. While they were painting the city red (or rather in PICKMOTION pastel colours?), the rest of us was left dreaming about the city of music, rain and red telephone booths. London brims with coolness. Some places we are sure to visit on our next trip to the European capital are listed below – which ones will you go see?
cover photo by @anamartafialho
As the huge Harry Potter Fan that I am (where are you fellow Potterheads?), I’d be sure to visit Leadenhall Market, the place to find Diagon Alley and the Leaky cauldron. Outside of the wizarding world, Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian building filled with restaurants, bars and stores to stock up on fresh groceries. It’s also the perfect activity for those famous rainy days in London thanks to the beautiful roofing.
For that extra dash of magic, the next place to be is clearly one of these amazing London book stores. Dark and mysterious or playful and fun? Well, that’s up to you to decide!
(I just recently managed to get half of the PICKMOTION team to get sorted into their Hogwarts houses and it turns out we have quite few Ravenclaws and Slytherins in the office – I guess that means you find us in the antique and mysterious one!)
Another great place, no matter the weather, is Sky Garden! The highest garden of all of Britain that offers a 360° view from its observation deck and thus, a spectacular outlook on the city. Sky Garden is located on top of the so-called Walkie-Talkie-Tower, featuring two restaurants as well as bars (though you can also bring your own picnic!) and free entry.
Next up – Little Venice in the London district of Maida Vale! Here, beautiful houseboats line up on both sides of the canal as well as picturesque Georgian and Victorian houses with palm trees in the gardens. A perfect and romantic getaway.
After a long day of sightseeing and experiences, nothing is more refreshing than a cool beer. Consider the Churchill Arms Pub or Neal’s Yard – both places that won’t only quench your thirst but also please your eye with all that ivy and beautiful flowers climbing the walls. Feeling more fancy? In that case the igloos of Coppa Club will serve you both – a great view on the Tower Bridge and a drink of your choice.
To get that picture-perfect view on London, don’t miss out on the pretty pastel world of Notting Hill – a spot that is already famous among the London Instagram community.
Of course, there’s also the world-renowned sightseeing spots in London that you just can’t miss if you’ve never seen them before. A great way to do so is by strolling along the Thames. Starting at London Bridge Station, your route will take you past the Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern (be sure to enjoy a coffee and the view from the cafe bar and viewing deck!) and the Royal National Theater. After crossing Waterloo Bridge, you will then pass the National Gallery on your way to Piccadilly Circus. Moving on to Buckingham Palace and, along the Birdcage Walk, to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey you will find all important spots in around 2 hours! Just don’t forget to take your rain coat.
Looking for a more stable weather forecast for your next destination? In that case, you might like to check out our walks through Milan and Venice. There’s more trips and events coming up for the PICKMOTION team and maybe even yourself, so stay tuned!