What I love about London
I'm constantly in awe of the city. London has this magical mix of the modern present and the historic past. It somehow continues to grow and evolve while still holding to its tradition and heritage. This dichotomy taught me to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. David may not have loved the lack of convenience (relatively speaking) in London. However, I actually learned to appreciate and even embrace this aspect of living in the UK.
What I don't love about London
London is a maze. Up to my last day in the city, I often struggled to even get around our own neighborhood without some help from Google Maps. I'm pretty sure there's not a single straight road in London. Thankfully, I never had to drive and Citymapper was my savior when it came to public transportation.
Breakfast: Black Truffle. Pretty much every Saturday and Sunday morning began with a short walk across the street to our local shop for the perfect almond croissant, fresh juice, latte, sausage roll or other homemade breakfast treat.
Dinner: The Palomar. Very few restaurants live up to the hype or hoops you jump through to get a booking. This one did. Each dish from this modern Jerusalem brasserie is utterly delicious.
Market: Broadway Market. Already a charming street during the week, Broadway Market comes alive on Saturdays with endless food stalls, vendors and street performers.
Bar: Oriole. I'll be honest. I could not stop making fun of this over-elaborate cocktail bar when we first visited. It's a guaranteed spot to foster conversation and give out of town guests an experience they will never forget. Each cocktail is excruciatingly crafted and even arrives with a set of instructions on how to consume. Gimmicks aside, the drinks are creative and delicious (and strong).
Coffee Shop: Monmouth Coffee. This is one of London's best known and most reputable coffee roasters. Hit up the namesake location on Monmouth Street to grab some fresh beans for your home brew.
Street: Redchurch Street. You can easily spend an entire day here hopping between between apparel, housewares, design and food shops. Spend the afternoon at the Shoreditch House pool and end the night catching a movie (while lounging in a velvet chair) at Electric Cinema.
Barber: Ruffians. Drip coffee, whiskey and bearded barbers who expertly cut your hair every time. Couldn't ask for more.
Retail Therapy: Liberty. This is no ordinary department store. Make sure to visit during the holidays when the top floor transforms into a winter wonderland.
Running Route: Regent's Park Loop. This is one of the best options for an easily accessible and traffic-free run in the city. Make your run longer by entering the park and crisscrossing dozens of trails or connecting with the (mostly) traffic free Regent's Canal path.
Museum: Saatchi Gallery. This contemporary art gallery in Chelsea never disappoints with its perfectly curated collection of thought provoking pieces. It doesn't hurt that the gallery is also surrounded by great shopping and restaurants to round out your day.