Following that, I had a quick stop in Massachusetts for my friend's graduation at Mount Holyoke (Hey Guys!), then a 5 hour flight from JFK to wonderful Los Angeles. Upon my arrival back to the City of Angels, I was swept away from the traffic and craziness of LAX to the delicious and calming atmosphere of California's most priceless gem: In-in-Out Burger.
Over the course of the week that I had to adjust to West Coast time, and preventing myself from saying, "pounds" instead of "dollars" whenever I would ask someone how much a dress was at H&M, I reflected back on my time in good old London and reminisced over the handful of small but meaningful places that made my trip abroad memorable.
Now that I had survived London's nightlife, its arts and leisures, sights and museums, I can safely say that there are a few places within the city that are worth visiting for anyone. Especially my friends who are JUST gearing up to go abroad to London themselves.
Whether you are looking for that special place to experience a real British Afternoon Tea, an English pub that serves the best drinks in town or just some plane old good restaurants or landmarks to check out, London is stock full of gems that are definitely worth seeing.
Below are some of my favorite London treasures off the beaten-track, just to name a few for your own interest:
Primrose Hill Road
The National Theatre
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Tower Bridge Road
7 Greek Street
96 Euston Road
70 Charlotte Street
Berwick Street Market
45 Berwick Street
48 Lower Marsh
The George Inn Yard
77 Borough High Street
20 Dean’s Yard
83 Watling Street
2 Burleigh Street
187 North Gower Street
Yes, that is indeed the one and only Speedy's Sandwich Bar & Café that appears on the BBC hit show, Sherlock.
And yes, this place is very much real.
Having been featured in all 3 seasons of Sherlock, this small but charming café on North Gower Street – not Baker Street! – has now become a pilgrimage for all fans of Sherlock. The staff inside is beyond nice and are very courteous to their customers. You can order the one and only Sherlock & Watson wraps or select among their delicious pastas or omelettes. Keep an eye out for the distinctive red canopy and grab a seat right outside Speedy's where you can have lunch next to Sherlock and Watson's home.