London Bridge Tube Station with Caption: '48 Hours in London'
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How to Spend 48 Hours in London!

This post is in collaboration with the new app ‘GoOutLondon’! All views and opinions are my own. You can check out ‘GoOutLondon’ here. I have not received any money for this collaboration nor was I gifted anything in this post. If you have any questions then do leave a comment below. You can find MSBLife’s Disclosure and Privacy Policy here.

So, I may not have been to a hot country yet this summer BUT I did get to spend approx. 48 Hours in London in July! The primary aim of this trip was to meet and spend the day with my friend Tortimer. (yes, that is you, Emily) However, I also got the chance to meet up with another one of my London-based friends!

If you are thinking of spending some time in London then I have got a smashing list of things to be getting up to! This post is also in collaboration with the brand new app, ‘GoOutLondon’. Therefore, I shall also be reviewing the app and using it to suggest places that my friends and I could have gone – if only we had known about the app!

Friday – Arriving in London

Shockingly, my train didn’t get cancelled or delayed on my way down to London on Friday morning! (If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then would know this is a shock.) I was slightly regretting booking 48 hours in London after I had only returned from Edinburgh and York the day before. However, as soon as I arrived and met up with my friend the thought of sleep was forgotten!

Arriving into London via Kings Cross for the start of my 48 Hours in London

The London weather was doing its own sunny thing so we thought we would head over to Regent’s Park for a walk. Of course, as soon as we got there it started to POUR WITH RAIN. Like, absolutely chucking it down.

Looking back, this would have been a perfect time to use the ‘GoOutLondon’ app as we had stupidly not planned activities for the rain. Do you ever go over something in your head and think, ‘I could have done this much better?’ Well, I have found myself doing that with the ‘GoOutLondon’ app.

The ‘GoOutLondon’ app is available to download from the Google Playstore and the Apple store. You have to enter your phone number for activation, name, an email address and share your location with the app.

Obviously, I’m not currently in London. But, there is a useful option to change the search location, so I stuck Regent’s Park in. I played around with the preferences for a while, which helpfully allow you to filter down specifics such as price, walking distance and type of venue. It then came up with various cafes – all which would have been useful in the pouring rain!

Next stop…

Of course, we couldn’t stay out in the rain. Therefore, we found ourselves sprinting to the tube station and taking a visit to the British Museum. I hadn’t been before and unfortunately with the mix of my soaking feet, incredible heat and insane amounts of people, I didn’t really end up paying much attention. Unsurprisingly, we left after about 45 minutes.

Vegan Chocolate Cake in Covent Garden

My friend wanted to take me to Covent Garden so we set off, looking for a place to have a lil‘ treat. We ended up squeezing into a table at ‘Le Pain Quotidien‘. Whilst their vegan chocolate cake was SO GOOD, I also got to (unfortunately) experience the ‘fancy’ London prices. (If I have had the ‘GoOutLondon’ app it would have warned me about the ยฃยฃ in advance!)

Attempting to go Shopping…

Remember me saying that I had no problems with the trains? That’s probably because life knew I was going to have issues with the buses. Deciding to go to Bluewater Shopping Centre the day the Dartford Crossing gets blocked and the buses are cancelled is not the best idea. It is a long story that I won’t tell – but we did finally make it there.

Bluewater was one place where I didn’t need the ‘GoOutLondon’ app – I was heading straight for Wagamamas! As usual, it was amazing.

Saturday – EMILY DAY!

I was SO excited to meet Emily and I had the most AMAZING TIME!

Thank you, Emily for putting up with me that day. Hopefully this is the start of a great friendship offline as well as online. ๐Ÿ™‚

After just chatting, and eating sausage rolls, outside Kings Cross, we thought it may be a good time to stand up and go do something. We ended up in Westfield shopping centre. Our first stop, after getting Emily a bottle of water after we boiled on the delayed central line, was Ichibas! We got free ice cream (and sorbet for me) and watched the drummers.

We then spent the rest of the day discovering shops we didn’t’ know existed and being indecisive over whether to buy POP! figures. (okay, that was just me)

Food and a SURPRISE!

I have no clue how Emily hadn’t eaten at Pizza Express before. I’m glad we ended up going because my pizza was bomb dot com.

Emily and I at Pizza Express in Westfield London

The most exciting part was after we had finished eating, Emily handed me a lil‘ present! It was an Animal Crossing Backpack Buddy and AHHH. I had never seen Animal Crossing merchandise sold in the UK so I was like YES PLEASE. So, I now have Porter handing on my backpack and he goes everywhere with me – thank you, Emily.

I hope that if you are planning on spending some time in London, that this post can give you some ideas! You may be interested in giving the ‘GoOutLondon’ app a try yourself. Therefore, here is some more information and my thoughts on the app.

‘GoOutLondon’ App Review

The ‘GoOutLondon’ app is simple and easy to use. The interface has room for improvement but it does make it easy to find restaurants, night clubs, pubs and bars. Whilst London is a big place, sometimes you just don’t know where to go or eat. This app makes that easy for you. You can also see how many people like and their thoughts on each venue. The app is still small but has a lot of potentials to grow. If you are heading to London then I recommend giving it a go for yourself. I know I will be next time I visit!

If you have taken a recent trip to London then I would leave to hear about it in the comments below – especially if you tried out the ‘GoOutLondon’ app!

Till next time my friends!

-Millie ๐Ÿ™‚


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