An April 2006 trip
to London by suartd
Quote: I spent 3 days in London at Easter with my mum. We were there for a shopping and sightseeing trip for my birthday. This journal describes what we got up to there.
Restaurant | "Nippon Tuck"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2006
225 Edgware Road
London W2 1JU
+44 (0) 20-7402-4141
Attraction | "London Eye"
The ticket itself does not require booking, but this can be done online before you go if you want to go at a specific time. There are also reductions in the price if you book online in advance. It is, however, still fairly expensive for one trip.
Despite the price, I would say that the London Eye is now a must with any trip to London, as the views are spectacular.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2006
The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600
Attraction | "Liberty of London"
The womenswear department holds many of the same designers as places like Harvey Nicols and Selfridges; however, the layout almost feels like you are looking inside a wardrobe and not just browsing in a shop. Liberty's also stocks lesser-known designers clothes, making the chances of finding an unusual or unique piece here much higher than in standard department stores.
The accessories department holds one of the most impressive handbag collections I have seen. All of the major designers are present and are laid out, so everything looks very colourful and eye-catching. I could have spent all day just looking at all of the bags in this department.
The shoe department is brilliant also. Again, most of the shoes are designer and Liberty's stocks an amazing collection of shoes by Marc Jacobs and other similar designers.
For simple-patterned cotton fabrics Liberty's really cannot be beaten. There are hundreds of different cottons with bright prints and unusual graphics on them. This and the haberdashery departments are more than enough to get anyone's creative side out.
All of these departments are housed in wonderfully old wooden rooms with high beam ceilings and wooden railings. If shopping doesn't interest you, the look of the building both inside and out just might.
Finally, if all of the shopping is too much for you and you are in need of some energy, then coffee, tea, and cakes can be found in the Art Bar Cafe. The walls are covered in bright wallpaper, and the whole place feels like you are in someones living room for afternoon tea. The food here is wonderful, although not cheap. Definitely worth it, though.
Liberty of London is definitely worth a visit whether you plan on shopping or not.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006
210-220 Regent Street
London, England W1R 6AH
+44 20 7734 1234
Airdrie, United Kingdom