When it’s time to leave the country we head to the nearest major city, in this case as always it’s one of my favourites.

London is only an hour away by train and very much a different world.

I always visit a different area when I plan a visit, this time I took on Paddington, Little Venice, Maida Vale, The West End and Soho.

It was blue skys in Northampton where I took my local train and I hoped it would stay dry for the day.

Luckily the forecast was on my side.

 

A quick snapshot from National Rail, the Heart of England as we head to the London Metropolis, soon to arrive at London Euston.

 

Navigating the tube is pretty simple,  I say this as i’m still terrified to drive in Downtown Chicago, so just follow the line and “Mind The Gap”

 

 

My journey took me on three different tube lines.  The northern Line to Warren Street, Then the Victoria Line to Oxford Circus and lastly the Bakerloo Line to Paddington Station.

Paddington = my love of the Peruvian bear with a penchant for a marmalade sandwich .

 

Paddington is in West London and situated between two quite famous Royal Parks, Nottinghill and the West End.

My first stop was the bar and look at these Ales!

 

 

 

Hopping back on the tube we headed for Maida Vale situated directly north of Paddington Station.

Here we hit Little Venice.  The picturesque canals lined with narrowboat cruises allow you to travel directly to Camden lock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regent Street in Londons West End was the next port of call and one of the most prestigious destinations steeped in history.

 

 

We settled for dinner at The Queens Head in Picadilly Circus.

In the heart of soho this historic pub dates back to 1736, true to its roots and exactly what a pub should be.

 

Soho has some incredible bars and we stumbled upon “The Yard” tucked away on  Rupert Street which had the most gorgeous courtyard and exposed brick walls.

 

 

 

China Town

 

Theres only so much you can fit into a day in London and needless to say I was ready to chill when I made it home.

Candles, Bath and Bed.