Not a huge fan of the Beatles? No worries, because Liverpool has so much more to offer.
Chop! Chop! – This place was a just a few streets over from our hotel. Despite being a hole in the wall, the owner and her son serve up delicious street style Korean food made with fresh vegetables and protein. The best part? Our total for two people was less than £9.
The Egg Cafe – Vegetarian grub and killer desserts. The facility was a little grungy, but the food was delicious. We went back another morning because I was craving the insanely thick, whole grain bread.
Philharmonic Dining Rooms – An old gentleman’s bar designed by the same people who designed the Lusitania – the woodwork is exquisite and the entire building is absolutely beautiful.
Hannah’s – Swanky bar with a nice view of Liverpool. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner, and he popped a bottle of champagne for us. Needless to say, we liked the place.
International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock – Grab an ice cream cone or cold beverage and explore all the dock has to offer.
Bombed Out Church – Bombed during WW2, all that remains of this church is its structure. Inside you’ll find plants, gardens, meditation, painting, and more.
We stayed at the Z Hotel after plans with the flat we booked through Airbnb fell through. The hotel was clean and minimal, and we highly recommend it.
If you’re a runner, one of the best ways to see the city is to run along the pier and through the winding streets. You can easily get a good feel for Liverpool in just under an hour.
A lot of people come to London to see the Palace Guards and Harrod’s and Elizabeth Tower (err, Big Ben) – but you can see all of that in a couple of hours. We highly recommend veering off the path of the tourist and finding things you can interact with more deeply; the neighborhoods and cafes, flavors and sounds, and all of the other things that make London so wonderful.
Mildred’s – Hands down, one of the best meals during our time in London. Hearty vegetarian and vegan fare.
Bibimbap Soho – Delicious Korean food. Go for the bibimbap!
Cafe Vitao – Vegetable heavy eats with hippy vibes and takeaway options on the cheap.
Fresh Healthy Eating Cafe – We stopped by for post-Mildred’s smoothie refreshments. Fresh squeezed juices and milkshakes are also available. Be warned: Milkshakes in the UK are unlike milkshakes in the States – they’re heavy on the milk.
The Great Nepalese – Incredibly tastey Nepalese right across from Euston Station.
Whole Foods Kensington – Just go. And eat. And be happy. And try the saffron gelato. Or the cacao coconut milk yogurt if you’re not into the whole dairy thing.
Marks and Spencer – Great for snacks and meals on the go.
Rock & Sole Plaice – Take your fish and chips to go or else you’ll pay about £5 more to dine in. They have a variety of fish from which to choose, and a hearty serving of chips to go with it.
Carpo – For your dried fruit/chocolate/nut fix.
Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian – Large portions of delicious Thali food. One of the employees shared his birthday cake with us so the restaurant gets bonus points. Warning: There are some serious Krishna vibes floating around this place – if this makes you uncomfortable, you should probably eat elsewhere.
Le Pain Quotidien – This place is a chain, but hardly feels like it. We stopped in for a bowl of fruit and a watermelon refresher.
The Ship & Shovell – What’s better than one bar? Two identical bars right next to eachother. Go to the smaller of the two for a better atmosphere, or stand outside, at of the barrels, if weather permits.
St. James Tavern – Ask the bartender for whatever’s local.
Dog & Duck – Big fan of the freehouse.
National Gallery – Not necessarily a must see, but give it a walk through if you’re in the Trafalgar Square area and have some time to kill. There are works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Manet (just to name a few).
Tate Modern – Stunning Art collection and one of the best gift shops we’ve ever visited. The museum features works from Picasso, Rothko, Pollock, and many more.
Soho – Quirky little neighborhood with an abundance of cafes, bars, and gelto shops.
The Old Operating Theatre – Easily the most interesting thing we saw on the trip. I highly recommend you visit, but be prepared to walk up a narrow, spiral staircase and endure 90?+ temperatures (in the attic) if you’re visiting during the summer months.
Platform 9 3/4 – This is obviously a must if you’re a huge Potter fan.
Churchill War Rooms – If you’re a WW2 geek, this is a must see. And even if you’re not, it’s entertaining enough to be worthy of a visit. Bonus: Check out the interactive daily report of the war.
HMS Belfast – This Navy ship was involved in the D-Day invasion at Normandy – and now it sits perfectly placed next to Tower Bridge.
British Library – On view for display is one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, as well as one of DaVincvi’s notebooks and a letter from Isaac Newton (amongst other notable documents).
Stonehenge day tour – The direct afternoon/morning tour takes about two hours each way, and you’re allowed one hour to roam around the place – which is plenty. Bring snacks!
The Museum of Natural Science – We could have spent all day wandering around the museum, exploring its many exhibits – which featured rare gems, fossil remains of dinosaurs, and a first edition of the Origin of Species. Cherry on top: The building is straight up immaculate. GO.
Borough Market – Quaint market near the Old Operating Theatre. They offer everything from brownies and cheesecakes to cured meats and falafel. We went as soon as they opened, and then again in the afternoon. We highly recommend going early to avoid the crowds.
For longer stays, we prefer to use Airbnb so we can cook, do laundry, and feel like we’re at home. We rented a spacious, modern flat in one of the up and coming neighborhoods – making it quite a bit cheaper than places closer to the city center.