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How to Spend the Perfect Long Weekend in London

PureWow Logo By editor@purewow.com (PureWow) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 9: <p><strong>10 a.m. Travel to Bombay for Breakfast<br></strong>Start your day in <a href="http://www.dishoom.com/">Dishoom</a> in Covent Garden, where the black-and-white-tiled floors and retro photos mimic the feel of an old Irani café in Bombay. Order the fried eggs on chili cheese toast and the famous bacon naan roll and wash it all down with “the Dhoble,” a refreshing breakfast cocktail that’s heavy on the gin. </p><p><strong>11 a.m. Escape the Crowds in Covent Garden<br></strong>Sure, it’s a bit touristy, but Covent Garden, a neighborhood on the fringes of London’s West End, is home to hidden gems, too. Venture beyond the main square through the windy streets of <a href="https://www.sevendials.co.uk/">Seven Dials</a>, where you’ll find some of the best shopping in the city. Look out for quirky stores like <a href="http://www.stanfords.co.uk/">Stanfords</a> (great for stocking up on old maps and travel guides) and FOPP (great for throwback music and foreign films). Get your art fix at <a href="https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/perfume">Somerset House</a>, a contemporary museum currently offering a terrific exhibit on the history of scent.</p>

Covent Garden And Central London

10 a.m. Travel to Bombay for Breakfast
Start your day in Dishoom in Covent Garden, where the black-and-white-tiled floors and retro photos mimic the feel of an old Irani café in Bombay. Order the fried eggs on chili cheese toast and the famous bacon naan roll and wash it all down with “the Dhoble,” a refreshing breakfast cocktail that’s heavy on the gin.

11 a.m. Escape the Crowds in Covent Garden
Sure, it’s a bit touristy, but Covent Garden, a neighborhood on the fringes of London’s West End, is home to hidden gems, too. Venture beyond the main square through the windy streets of Seven Dials, where you’ll find some of the best shopping in the city. Look out for quirky stores like Stanfords (great for stocking up on old maps and travel guides) and FOPP (great for throwback music and foreign films). Get your art fix at Somerset House, a contemporary museum currently offering a terrific exhibit on the history of scent.

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