As you may have noticed, I visit London on a regular basis. I’ve been over and back visiting family for the past 10 years and have become very familiar with certain parts of the city – mainly Shoreditch. When you’ve seen all the main attractions, it’s nice to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and just hang out in your favourite haunts, catch up over a coffee or brunch and admire the street art. We love Shoreditch House and Merchant’s Tavern.If you have 24 hours in London and want to explore the city – a bike is the best way to see all the sights. You see so much in such little time and realise that the city is actually very compact. Tubes, although exciting at first and very easy to navigate, lose their appeal fast and can become exhausting. A bike is the way to go!
It’s always nice to visit somewhere new too. You’ve probably already checked out Tate Modern, The National Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe, so I’d recommend a trip to Victoria and Albert Museum. I’d never visited V&A before, but I was glad I went and will be going again. Museums can be a bit overwhelming – you’re not going to have the energy or enthusiasm to see everything, so I’ve learned to just be content exploring a couple of levels on each trip.I spent most of my time exploring Fashion and Textiles. The V&A’s Fashion collection is the largest collection of dress in the world, spanning 4 centuries. The collection now includes around 100,000 objects. The gallery shows fashion from 1750 to the present day, with an emphasis on progressive and influential design. The display is organised chronologically. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, which is now closed, was showing.Above are accessories and a lace dress from the 1920s and below are wool jersey swimsuits from the 1930s. The 1920s and ’30s saw a new freedom for women in dressing for sport and leisure. Many designers introduced ‘resort’ collections using innovative fabrics such as jersey. I think this museum is worth a visit. Here’s a piece by John Galliano.It’s only a 5 minute walk from Knightsbridge where you’ll find Harrods, Topshop, Zara, COS and H&M.
To get to V&A the tube station you need to go to is South Kensington (Piccadilly Line, Zone 1).
A flying visit to London is always worth it. It just keeps you going.
We flew Ryanair Knock – Stansted. Where would we be without Knock?
And as you know: if you book a good month in advance you can be lucky enough to fly across the water for €10!
It’s always nice to plan a trip and have something to look forward to.
Thanks for reading,