Confessions of a staycation lover

When it comes to the weekends, I am often counting down from Wednesday (hump day) to buzzy Fridays, filled with excitement about the fact that I am going to spend my Saturdays and Sundays staycationing in London.

London is an amazing city with so much to see and do and as much as I may feel like I deserve some down time in the weekends, I also know that it is a crime to stay indoors when there is so much happening across the city.

If you wanted to, you could live in London like a tourist – cramming your Saturdays and Sundays with market visits (Portobello, Borough, Broadway!), festivals, pop up events, museums and galleries, and more.

That is what I often did when I moved to London four years ago and I absolutely loved taking in everything the city had to offer. In fact I lived in a perpetually dreamy state for six months straight after I arrived, enamoured with the vibrancy of the city, which is always alive and brimming with possibility.

Now that I have been in London for several years and it has truly become my home I feel more comfortable with taking a more relaxed approach to my weekends.

These days most of my staycationing revolves around walking and food. This is a wonderful combination as you can indulge in delicious brunches and dinners and then erase much of the guilt by burning calories directly afterwards. You can’t go wrong!

London has every type of cuisine imaginable and countless restaurants, cafes, diners, market stalls, and more. Before I make eating plans with friends I often consult Google about the best spots in the hopes of unearthing undiscovered gems.

By the same token, as a creature of habit I also like to go back to my favourite places. There is something to be said about knowing what you are going to get and having faith in the quality of food they deliver.

When it comes to walks, I have taken to walking to my many of my destinations instead of taking public transport. London has an amazing underground train service and it has served me well over the years, but it is a real treat to walk above ground across town and take in so many of London’s most famous landmarks.

For instance, a walk from home in west London all the way to London Bridge to get pasta at a wonderful spot called Padella takes me past the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Southbank. I can assure you, walking past such iconic sights never gets old, no matter how many times you have done it!

So as the weekend approaches I am working out my plans, figuring out where to eat and where to walk to, and I know that by Monday I will feel as though I have had a relaxing and fun-filled staycation.

7 thoughts on “Confessions of a staycation lover

  1. That’s wonderful that you appreciate your current home city so much. I was fortunate enough to live in my favorite vacation spot for two years, and it was bliss. Even though we had to move somewhere else, we still vacation there occasionally and visit the spots that are most precious to us. You’re creating great memories!

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    1. That’s great Claire, we are really fortunate to have been able to live in such wonderful cities! Lovely that you still vacation in your former home city, it must be nice to revisit all your great memories from when you lived there. I would hope to do the same in future!

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  2. Thank you for the little tour of London. 🙂 I feel the same way about Galveston, TX. I’ve lived near here since 1996 and there is always something new to see.

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  3. I think exploring your own city is an amazing thing. I love doing the same–walking the streets, finding new things to explore, or savoring the old. It’s amazing. Thanks for the love on my blog! Please let me know if you would like to contribute to my blog or if you would like me to contribute to yours.

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    1. Absolutely, exploring your own city is wonderful. Thanks, I haven’t contributed to another blog before but would definitely be interested! Likewise, I would love to have contributions to my blog!

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