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Travel prep: How to find and organize your personal hot spots for a city trip

Written by 12 March 2010 4 Comments

Next week, I will be visiting London for the first time in 10 years. London being the motherland of shopping, nightlife and culture, I felt it was important to make a precise plan of action to maximally use the little time i have there. City trips usually are short, so careful research and a tight “japanese-style” schedule are a must, for me personally.

And here some valuable points in Nina’s school of PPCMB (Planning the Perfect City Mini-Break):

  • Divide everything I want to do into categories (shopping, nightlife, must-see)
  • Go through blogs and websites (such as the unlike network or leCool for events and nightlife, different fashion blogs like leblogdebetty or lesmads for shopping tips and tourist information pages like visit london or indieLONDON for everything else)
  • Ask London insiders through my blog or facebook for their insider tipps
  • Check out the Lonely Planet London
  • And of course talk with my fellow Travelettes

For advanced Travelettes:

  • Classify everything into city districts or special days (like some market or exhibit which is only one day a week) or even both.

A good help is also the moleskine city notebook, but since I am a poor girl I just own the ones for Barcelona and Berlin and I needed to improvise.


What are your favourite places in London?

This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.


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  • torse said:

    what about portobello market? notting hill is nice on saturday even though portobello flea market could be overcrowded.

    any hints for record stores (vinyl)? and don’t miss berwick street/soho, where the ‘what’s the story morning glory’ cover was taken… be a part of it ;)) hehe…

    cheers torse

  • nina said:

    Thank you Torse! Cover shoot will be done, muhaaa!

    I already have some recordshops (like Nudge Records and Rough Trade, both Brick Lane area) on my list, but I am definitely open for more!

  • torse said:

    Hi Nina,

    hmm okay i only know “vinyl junkies” (http://www.vinyl-junkies.com/ – dj stuff), sister ray (also berwick street), which is not so bad in alternative stuff and there is some huge cool store close to notting hill gate but I’ve forgotten the name… damn…

    so long… :-)

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