Making the Most of Three Nights in London


I often fantasize about jetting off to some European capital on a whim for the weekend. Well, this past November I did just that. And even though I didn’t fly on a private plane or disembark on a red carpet like I do in my fantasy, it was still pretty fabulous.

The reason I got to hop across the pond for three nights was because I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to London. We left from JFK on a Thursday morning flight to London, which was great because I’m terrible at sleeping on overnight flights. With the time difference, however, we didn’t arrive at our hotel until almost 10 PM; we still felt disoriented but at least we weren’t exhausted. We were staying at the Sheraton Park Tower, which looks like a somewhat unimpressive 70s-era structure on the outside but inside has a surprisingly classic lobby (with a piano player in the adjacent bar) and luxurious, newly renovated rooms.

Our posh Knightsbridge location meant we were right next to the department store Harvey Nichols and a block from the legendary Harrods. But even more importantly on that hungry evening, we were a three-minute walk (in the rain) from one of the city’s best Italian restaurants, Zafferano. We ate our first dinner there, which set the tone for delicious food for our entire trip. The days of London cuisine being an abomination have long passed — the city now jockeys for a position as world’s best. After dinner, we decided to call it a night because my husband had to get up early for meetings and I was looking forward to a busy day of sightseeing as it was my first time in London in nine years.

To be continued…

4 Responses to Making the Most of Three Nights in London

  1. Trina Mezzacappa March 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    I went to London a few years ago, and I agree with what you said about the food. I had some of the best Italian and Mediterranean food when I was in that city! You can find great restaurants of almost any type of cuisine there.

  2. Hawaii Tours March 8, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    I saw that big London Eye on tv on New Year’s eve and it was so stunning! with lots of awesome fireworks!

  3. Jen March 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    We’ll be visiting London next month (April 09) for 4 days. We’ll overnight in the city (while staying with friends other nights in Chatham) and enjoy some great beers and sites. I cant say much about traditional English food – bland? We live with Brits in Germany and it’s never very good. Anyway, I believe we’re going to witness a private ceremony that occurs nightly in the London Tower. A friend of my husbands used to be assigned to the regiment there.

  4. Travelogged
    March 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Jen, you can definitely find delicious British food in London. I think the trick may be not to eat in a plain old pub but to eat in a gastropub. Here’s a list of recommended gastrobpubs:

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