London

You had a chance to have a weekend getaway and have chosen London… So, where to begin, what to do? Here is a list of things to have a bit of everything to live your long weekend from Thursday to Sunday, as a true Londoner!

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THURSDAY

10.00 Oxford Street
Considered as the London’s shopping heart with the shops appealing to all budgets, Oxford Street is the most convenient place to hang around during the early morning hours. To have a basic idea on British fashion; conspicuous shopping mall Selfridges with its historical architecture and variety of designer brands, worlds biggest Topshop with four floors, almost everything under a tenner shop Primark, the one and only Abercrombie & Fitch shop outside US, Bond Street where is full of luxury brands as far as the eye can reach, warm and cosy Carnaby Street with boutiques and cafes, and the last but not least the museum-like shop of Britain’s craziest and most inspirational designer, Vivienne Westwood, are the places worth visiting.

Cafe C’est ici: Unit G.7/8, Kingly Court, W1
Vivienne Westwood: 6 Davies Street, W1Y 1LJ
Abercrombie&Fitch: 7 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ES

19.00 St Christopher's Place
Whether on purpose or not, St Christophers Place is, without a doubt, the first respite point for everyone coming from Turkey. In this lovely square, where you can find restaurants from all around the world, I recommend you to try Busaba, Thai restaurant famous for its delicious Oriental cuisine.

Busaba: 8-12 Bird Street, W1U 1BU

21.00 Sketch Restaurant

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With its egg-shaped toilet booths with extraordinary sounds and the most fashionable combination of contemporary and traditional design, probably Europe’s hippest restaurant Sketch, will create an ambiguity in concepts of time and space by its unique ambiance while you are having a sip from your after dinner drink chosen from the special cocktail menu. If you desire to harmonize with the people inside, you should dress up inspired by the fashion magazines because the regular customers of Sketch are mostly the well-known faces of the fashion world.

Sketch: 9 Conduit Street, Regent Street, Mayfair, W1

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24.00 Jalouse Membership Nightclub
Currently the most preferred nightclub of London, Jalouse is at its best especially on Thursday nights. While you are dancing to the DJ’s thriving mixes of out-of-date yet well-memorised songs, you will not realise how quickly time passes. You have to have your name on the guest list to experience this nightclub that resembles a party house by its spacious interior and walls with mounted bulbs.

Jalouse: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1

FRIDAY

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12.00 Laduree Harrods
Though Harrods is the next touristic place after Buckingham Palace, the French Cafe Laduree, located at the back of Harrods, is the ideal place for a glamorous breakfast. In fact, after a quick tour in Harrods, do not forget to take a glimpse at the eye catching window displays of Harvey Nichols.

Laduree at Harrods: 87 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

16.30 V&A Museum
It is unconceivable to complete your visit without going to a museum in London, where you can find a museum on almost every subject. If you like to see various exhibitions that are both contemporary and classical, all under one roof, you will not regret your visit to Victoria and Albert Museum.

V&A Museum: South Kensington, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

20.00 Beach Blanket Babylon - Notting Hill
Beach Blanket Babylon, aka BBB, is a typical Georgian mansion, re-established with a unique interior design blending Boho Chic and the Baroque styles. Whether having an intimate cocktail with your friends or a dinner to have a taste of the delicious dishes, you will feel the historical charm of Britannia through the bridges, narrow alleys and low ceilings, all resembling a repository.

BBB: Beach Blanket Babylon West, 45 Ledbury Road , Notting Hill, W11 2AA

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24.00 Amika Nightclub
With its three rooms designed in different concepts, Amika is offering a favourable way of entertainment for everyone. You can lie down on the white couches in the champagne room or dance along the fast tunes and colourful lights in the main room. You won’t be able to resist having your photo taken in front of the dance floor-like walls that are decorated with lights changing colour and flashing with the rhythm.

Amika: 65 High Street Kensington, W8 5ED

*** If you didn’t have enough of the night life, you can go and dance until later on the next day at the Fabric, the hangar-like nightclub that leads the world’s electronic music industry: but only if you are ready to see half-naked people with sunglasses, wandering around unconsciously or girls making out with the walls.

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Fabric: 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 3HN

SATURDAY

11.00 East End
Saturday is the best day to escape the hassle and hustle of the city centre and experience the more artistic and inventive areas of London. With the design cafes and edgy boutiques, the ever-rising region EastEnd is the place to go on the weekends for the young stylish generation and popular names in the fashion world such as Hussein Chalayan, Henry Holland, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab and Kate Moss. After losing yourself in the quirky yet appealing bits and pieces at Spitalfields Market, do not forget to take a break at the little Swedish Restaurant Fika, while looking around the small shops of Brick Lane, where you can find literally everything.

Fika Cafe & Restaurant: 161a Brick Lane, E1

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14.00 Saf Restaurant
Saf Restaurant’s new branch in the stylish and upcoming area of East End, just as the restaurant itself, is an interesting alternative with its organic raw food menu. The most important speciality of the restaurant is the legendary cocktails of Joe McCanta, known as the mixologist of celebrities. And if you be a little sympathetic, he can even create a cocktail just for you with your favourite flavours.

Saf: 152-154 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3AT

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17.00 Soho
Famous for its gay and striptease clubs, the entertainment starts in the afternoon and continues until the break of dawn for seven days a week in Soho. The area, where the wildest drag queens show off on the streets without minding the freezing cold, is also the location for the restaurants and bars with the most innovative and interesting concepts. For example, at the Far Eastern fusion restaurant Inamo, the diners give their orders by clicking on the options of food illustrations and the menu features projected on the table. You can also change the design of the image on the table, have a look at the events around the area, call a taxi or play games while waiting for your food.

Inamo: 134-136 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZP

18.30 Covent Garden

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After the crazy atmosphere of Soho, it will be relaxing to take a walk to the Covent Garden for having a coffee in a more traditional and serene ambiance. You can enjoy your coffee while watching the street performers that compete to get the most attention, and savour the moment by listening to the music surrounding the square.

Covent Garden Piazza: WC2E 8RD

19.30 Musical
No matter how long you are staying for, your visit is not complete without seeing one of the globally famous musicals, which are the most cultural night events of the town.

Mamma Mia: Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, W1D 6AS

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22.00 Hakkasan Restaurant
Placed in the world’s 20 best restaurants list with a fascinating decoration and the most interesting foods of Chinese cuisine, you need to make a reservation from days before to get a table for dinner at Hakkasan. If your head isn’t spinning from the paparazzi crown in the entrance of this restaurant that has a mystical atmosphere with lights reflected from the dark coloured walls, wait until you taste the appetizing food.

Hakkasan: 8 Hanway Place W1T 1HD

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24.00 Maddox Membership Nightclub
One of the most popular nightclubs of London, Maddox, is membership only like most of clubs, where you should put your name on the guest list beforehand. Pale coloured decoration and the spacious dance floor create a relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy dancing all night without any jostling. Maddox is ideal for a joyful night out both with the tables downstairs and the lounge section in the upstairs area.

Maddox: 3-5 Mill Street, W1S 2AU

SUNDAY

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12.00 Notting Hill - Portobello Market
It is everyone’s dream, who has watched the Notting Hill movie, to find that famous blue door. Unfortunately that door was placed just for the movie but it must not stop you from seeing the area. After wandering around in Portobello surrounded by young adults and young parents, you can shop in the vintage boutiques where you can bump into celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Jude Law. For a typical Sunday brunch, Raoul’s, located opposite of a historical church in Portobello, is the most delicious choice.

Raoul’s Restaurant: 105 - 107 Talbot Road, London W11 2AT

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17.00 Thames Riverside
Following the brunch, to enjoy the flat roads of London, have a walk into Hyde Park through the Bayswater Road, where you can see many street artists exhibiting their paintings. After a quick tour at Hyde Park, you can have a break at the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square before you walk to River Thames and relax at Embankment Cafe while observing the harmony of historical buildings and modern structures lined along the riverside. If you still have enough energy, on your way back you can pass through Piccadilly Circus to see the globally famous restaurants like Planet Hollywood or TGI Fridays, and the advertisements on the famous large plasma screen on the square.

Embankment Cafe: 25 Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6PB
The National Gallery: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

21.00 Pub
After a long walk, the best thing to do in England, should be to go to a traditional English pub and eat fish and chips until you burst. Your meal will be just right with a pint of beer chosen from the various alternatives that can be found in every pub.

Argyll Arms Pub: 18 Argyll St, London, W1F 7TP

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22.30 Hilton Park Lane Hotel Roof Bar
London is under your feet at Hilton Park Lane Hotel by its all-glass walls, where the latest cars that can’t even be found in the galleries lined up in the front of the entrance. You will fall in love with the 360 degrees view of London while you can enjoy your drinks along with live music.

Hilton Hotel on Park Lane: 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE

24.00 Boujis Membership Nightclub
Boujis, the nightclub that brought the perception of going out on Sunday nights in London, is the favourite nightclub of many well-known names such as Prince William and Prince Harry. No matter how busy your weekend was, do not complete your week without going to Boujis on a Sunday night.

Boujis: 43 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LQ

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*** The best place to gain some energy after a night out is VQ, a restaurant open for 7/24. The restaurant offers an all-day-breakfast with specialities including shrimp toast that have a unique taste, Club Sandwich, and variety of delicious desserts. You can see how delicious VQ’s food is just by looking at the queue at the door that is longer than even the ones in front of the best nightclubs in town.

Vingt~Quatre: 325 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL

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