Londinum was founded in 43 BC by the Romans, but it is believed that its origin is Celtic. Although no traces of settlements, this idea is like the fog: mysterious. The Roman city was attacked several times by Saxons and Vikings.
London became the capital of the Kingdom around the 9th Century, with the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey and construction of the Tower of London. Medieval London occupies the area of “The City”. In the Middle Ages the plague ravaged the city, but it nevertheless flourished and was reborn in Tudor times. Another key date is The Great Fire of London that started in Pudding Lane. So much of the city was destroyed, which gave rise to new architecture, far from that of medieval streets.
In the 19th century at the empire’s peak, the city grew too. It was a time of great social inequalities with a sumptuous London (universal exhibition 1851 and industrial revolution) and a poor London where families lived into 4 square meters houses.
During World War II also it was badly damaged and rebuilt. The city today is the result of his past and the vision of a future world culminating with more modern constructions like the London eye, from where you can observe the meander of the River Thames where the Romans first landed in the city.
– Fortnum & Mason:
One of the most famous places for buying Tea, coffee, cookies and other gifts. Founded in 1707, they also have their own Tea Saloon and restaurants.
Address: 181 Piccadilly
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm // Sunday 11.30am* to 6pm
– Ladurée and Pierre Herme:
In London you can find also these well known french brands, which sell great macarons. Ladurée is more classic and Pierre Herme have more unique and variable special flavours.
- Burlington Arcade,71
- 14 Cornhill
- Harrods Entrance,On Hans Rd,Knightsbridge
- Covent Garden,1 The Market
1. 38 Monmouth St.
2. 13 Lowndes St.
Is a great place to have a nice British Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is served 1pm to 4pm Monday – Saturday //1pm – 5pm Sunday
Address: 50 Berners Street
Public transport: tube: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Goodge Street
Japanese style cafe for Matcha lovers 🙂 There aren’t many places to sit but you can take everything away.
Adress: 47 Rupert Street
Public transport: Leicester Square , Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: 12 – 22h
– Cutter & Squidge:
Amazing innovating patisserie founded by two sisters that also is hosting a special Aladdin’s cave dining room and menu during the event dates! Need reservation for afternoon tea but you can eat cakes in the cafe upstairs.
Adress: 20 Brewer st.
Public transport: Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday : 9:30 h – 20h, Thursday: 9:30 h – 21h, Friday: 9:30 h – 22h, Saturday: 11 h- 21h, Sunday: 11 h- 20h.
– Peggy Porschen:
At Peggy Porschen you can find incredible cakes and cupcakes, is more a cupcake shop than a tea salon, but their pieces are as tasty as stunning!
Adress: 116 Ebury St
Public Transport: Tube: Victoria.
Opening hours: 10 h – 18 h
Traditional French patisserie with a Japanese flavours.
Adress: 9 Goldhurst Terrace
Public transport: tube:Finchley Road
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10:30-18:30, Sun 11:00-17:00 Monday is Closed
9 Goldhurst Terrace
– Japan Centre:
If you are interested in Japanese cusine, Japan Centre is your shop: An important selection of noodles, mochis and lots of products from Japan.
Adress: 19 Shaftesbury Avenue
Public transport: tube: Piccadilly Circus
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10h- 21:30h, Sunday: 10 h – 20h
Most museums in London are free! Aside from special collections which change on a regular basis you can enter and leave museums as you will at no cost!
Victorian and Albert Museum (VAM)
The VAM is the only museum exhibiting more of the 3000 years of the history of Arts & Crafts, with more than 2000 objects from worldwide. This museum is like wonderland, the visitor gets more fascinated with every room: You can find historical costumes and old decorative domestic objects… In 2012 they held a Lolita Fashion exhibition featuring Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Innocent World. These lolita clothes are still held in the permanent collection. FREE.
Address: Cromwell Road
Public transport:tube: South Kensington
Opening hours: Daily: 10.00 – 17.45 // Friday: 10.00 – 22.00
Public transport: Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria.
The National Gallery displays more than 2,000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There are art by Botticelli, Leonado da Vinci and Rembrandrt, Renoir and Van Gogh. FREE.
Address: Trafalgar Square
Public transport: Embankment, Charing Cross and Leicester Square
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00. Friday 10:00 – 21:00
The Wallace Collection has lots of beautiful paintings like Fragonard’s The Swing and other known art pieces mostly from Baroque era. It is also located in a stunning building. FREE.
Address: Hertford House at Manchester Square
Public transport:Tube: Bond Street, Baker Street, train: Marylebone Station.
Opening time: Open every day 10:00 – 17:00
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History: Victorian oddities, creepy taxidermy and asorted skulls, shells, medical instruments and other forgotten past is waiting at this museums from “The Last Tuesday Society”. A unique place for Haunted-history lovers. Entry £5.
Address: 11 Mare St
Public transport: Train:Cambridge Heath
Opening hours: Wensday- Sunday: 11h- 22h Monday and Tuesday closed
Sir John Soane’s Museum
A rare and cool museum of sculpture and victorian art. FREE.
Address: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Public transport: tube: Holborn
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 h- 17 h Sunday and Monday: closed.
– Jack the ripper and Haunted London routes.
On this website you can find information for routes of haunted London and curiosities from the city 🙂 http://www.london-ghost-tour.com/
The very famous Camden Markets are known for their punk and alternative fashion, so maybe you can find some cool accessories or casual dress. At Camden you can also find some shops with items of loli aesthetics, we warn about it because the quality is not as good as major brands but maybe you might find some socks or bags you like from a shop called Sai Sai. You will see there many shops with Mori clothing style. We also recommend going to Cyberdog even is not lolita related, and maybe you find some cute dresses and cardigans at Collectif.
Very good vintage market featuring artisians and vintage clothes. Depending the day you have different stalls. Check at their website which ones you like the most.
Brick Lane Market
Vintage, street art and alternative clothing in a very cute market where you can also have some food.
PARKS AND CEMETERIES
There are many parks in London, and the biggest and most famous is Hyde Park, 142 hectares featuring a lake, green areas and stunning gardens. As it is the most famous it is also the busiest. You can have a nice walk there, but we mostly dedicate the Peter Pan statue for those who don’t want to grow up. FREE.
Address: W2 2UH
Opening hours: from 5am until midnight
Public transport: Tube: Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge
Built on 1811 by the Regent Prince, Regent’s Park includes a open theatre, an amazing rose garden, a like where boating, games, cafés and restaurants and the large London Zoo. Park is FREE, zoo is £25.50.
Address: NW1 4NR
Opening hours august: 5am-9pm
Public transport: Tube: Regent’s Park
St. James Park
St. James Park surrounds the Mall with a royal view. From the bridge to the great lake, the visitor will find the most amazing views from London: Buckingham in one side and Whitehall on the other. FREE.
A short walk from Saturday’s venue, you can also see our beautiful Sunday tea party venue in this picture!
Address: SW1A 2BJ
Opening hours: from 5am until midnight
Public transport: tube: St. James’s Park, Charing Cross Station, Westminster, Green Park, Victoria.
Richmond Park: Natural reserve. Was the private hunting ground of Charles I, so you can see some deer there.
Holland Park: Featuring a great collection of Zen gardens imported from Kyoto
Highgate Cemetery is one of London’s great Victorian cemeteries with historic, cultural and wildlife attractions. Features include Victorian buildings, chapels, catacombs, The Lebanon Circle and Egyptian Avenue, all of outstanding architectural importance.
Admission to the West Cemetery is by guided tour only. The East Cemetery can be viewed daily and there is an optional tour on the first Saturday of each month. Price: East: £4 West: £12.
Be warned, they often don’t like “alternative fashion”. Please call in advance if you want to visit in lolita.
Address: Swain’s Ln
Public transport: Tube: Archway. Search bus, is far away from tube station. By bus: C2 stops at Parliament Hill Fields. C11 stops at Brookfield Park. Buses 143, 210 and 271 stop at Waterlow Park on Highgate Hill.
Opening hours: Daily: 10 h- 16h Weekend: 11h-16h.
The Brompton Cemetery, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is regarded as one of the finest Victorian Metropolitan cemeteries in the country. FREE.
Address: Fulham Rd
Public transport: tube: Fuham Train: West Bromton
Opening hours: 8h – 20h.
Nunhead Cemetery is a 52 acre Victorian burial ground situated on a hill 4 miles south of central London. A ruined gothic chapel overlooks a large area of secondary woodland. Ash and sycamore conceal headstones, angels and impressive tombs. FREE.
Address: Linden Grove
Public transport: train: Nunhead
Opening hours: 8:30 h – 16 h
TRAVEL TIPS FOR LOLITA FASHION
When it’s raining “tea party shoes” might leave you with wet feet!. Bring comfortable shoes with you as it’s easy to do a lot of walking.
Public transport is good but very busy and more expensive at peak times. Peak fares apply Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) from 06:30 to 09:30 and 16:00 to 19:00 Off-peak fares apply at all other times and if you travel from a station outside Zone 1 to a station in Zone 1 between 16:00 and 19:00, Mondays to Fridays
All London transport uses an Oyster Card. You can buy this from most stations and small newsagents. You can also use your contactless credit or debit card. Your Oyster card will cap out at a fixed daily rate, your contactless card will also so this and additionally cap at at weekly rate. If you’re here for a few days and don’t have a contactless card putting a weekly travelcard on your Oyster is the cheapest way to travel.
You can’t use cash to pay for your bus fare. If you don’t have enough credit on your Oyster card to pay the £1.50 fare or your Bus & Tram Pass or Travelcard has just expired, you can make one more journey on a bus. You must then top up your pay as you go credit to clear the negative balance before you can use your Oyster card again or before you can renew a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass.
29th of August it’s a summer bank holiday so public transport may be affected, with reduced services. Always plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website.
Read more at http://www.visitlondon.com/traveller-information/essential-information/public-holidays#4cBx3PMLHF7dbcpi.99
Organise your visits with plenty of time, as London is a very big city.
We have a night tube service with 24 hour service on Friday and Saturday nights on the Central, Northern, Jubilee and Victoria lines only.
For other nights, or if you want to use a different line, London is very well connected with night buses. You can look at the boards at any bus stop, or consult www.tfl.gov.uk for travel advice
Thank you so much to Alba from Lolita a Catalunya for this guide!