*Exploring London with Travelodge

A few weeks ago I was asked if I fancied exploring London with Travelodge and writing about what I did in the area I visited. Obviously I wasn’t going to turn that down and so I invited my friend Claire to come with me. We chose to go to London-I don’t go often but I always enjoy a couple of days in the city-and opted for the beginning of October, midweek, as we’re both currently freelancing. I arranged the trains so we could have the maximum amount of time in London (32 hours in total, from 12 on the Tuesday to 8 on the Wednesday) and we put our heads together to decide on a few things we wanted to do. We’re both really into our photography and appreciate a good wander around with no plan, so we didn’t want to schedule every minute of the trip, but we did have a few things we wanted to see. Here’s what we got up to!


We arrived at Kings Cross Station and headed straight to our hotel to drop my suitcase off. They were lovely and had no problem with storing it for us until we got back and were able to check in-handy. We then walked back to Kings Cross and got on the tube to Shoreditch, as we really wanted to go street art hunting and Claire had been reading about BoxPark, a new ‘pop up’ mini shopping centre with different places to eat. We found so much street art, ate some gorgeous food, and had a little spend in Deciem‘s shop there. A fantastic start to our trip.

wall of graffiti in Shoreditch

Once we’d been fed, watered and seen some fabulous art we headed to over to Liberty Of London (I’ve never been) and Selfridges (because of the Beauty Hall) before calling in John Lewis for a phone charger for Claire and a cuppa for both of us. We then decided to walk across to Covent Garden, passing through Chinatown (where I’ve also never been) to get some food. I love Covent Garden and we were able to pop into a few shops before they closed, before admitting defeat and heading back to our hotel for a takeaway and tv night. 21,ooo steps tired us out!


After a frankly brilliant Travelodge breakfast (I just love when you can have 3 different fruit juices, a fry up, some toast, a croissant and some cereal if you want to) we got a red bus to our first stop, the Tate Modern. I’d suggested we go here to see the new Superflex One Two Three Swing! exhibit.

Laura on a swing at the exhibition

Photo credit: Claire Nolan Photography 

Sadly we couldn’t spend too long at the Tate Modern as we had tickets for a surprise I’d booked…SkyGarden! I’ve written a separate post about this place as it’s just too good for only a paragraph, suffice to say you should definitely go!

Laura taking a selfie at SkyGarden

Photo credit: Claire Nolan Photography 

After Skygarden we headed to Camden for the afternoon, to hunt out some more street art, look around Camden Market and get some food. I tried my first ever vegan meal (it was quite nice, but vegan cheese sauce is not the one) we found more street art and did some shopping. Then we realised just how shattered we were, and went back to Kings Cross Station where I sat on the floor for two hours until our train and Claire kindly walked back to the hotel by herself for our case. That is a true friend!

Laura with the Amy Winehouse statue at Camden Market

Thank you so much to Travelodge for sending me on this trip, Claire and I had a fantastic time. What would you do with a couple of days in London?

*This post is in collaboration with Travelodge, who gave me a free nights stay and contributed towards my train fare in return for this post about what I got up to. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.



  1. October 29, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Oh wow what a fun trip you had! I was in London recently and stayed in a travel lodge, they are great for exploring and never a disappointment either, I love the breakfasts!

  2. October 30, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Oh wow what a fabulous time you had. I love London and have visited many times we are a very quick train journey so we are quite lucky. Its so lovely to site see xx

  3. November 8, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Looks like you had lots of fun 🙂 If I had a couple of days in London, I would go definitely go shopping, sample the street food, and of I could get tickets, see a show on the west end.

  4. November 8, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely trip, love the run down of the reason you went into each shop haha. I’ve heard grewt things about the sky garden!x

  5. November 8, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    I love Travel Lodge they are perfect for weekend breaks and we use them a lot with the kids. So adaptable and the fact that they normally come with someone where to eat close by. Looks like you had a great time in London.

  6. Nicole - Miss Sparkle
    November 9, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Travelodge is such a good way to explore and travel without spending a fortune for hotels. London is of course amazing!

  7. November 9, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Oooh, it looks like you had so much fun! I can’t wait to plan our trip to London. We’re going to be taking the oldest 2 to the Dungeons… 🙂

  8. November 19, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I love travelodges they are generally new and clean and of course cheap. Sounds like you had a lovely few days I London.

  9. Rainy Days Fun
    November 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    OMG is that swing at the Tate Modern? Brilliant! I haven’t been there in AGES! I must go back!

  10. November 27, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    We love staying at Travelodge and always suggest our local one to friends and family visiting. Looks like you got up to some great things here in London.

  11. January 12, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Travelodge are perfect for those short break getaways! I too thoroughly enjoy the breakfasts 🙂 x

  12. John Milnes
    January 12, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I was recently in London myself, although I was not staying with Travelodge. I know they usually have great deals on from time to time.

    Thank for Sharing

    John M

  13. Su Chanprasong
    January 12, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I Love London. I used to live in Hackney. The SkyGarden looks great. I just love to wander and explore. Su

  14. January 12, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip – it’s made me miss London so much! The Sky Garden looks amazing, and I always love a browse of Liberty and Selfridges.

  15. January 12, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I live very near to London and really want to go the Sky Gardens. My big problem is that I can’t stand really tall heights! It stopped me from eating at Sushi Samba and Duck and Waffle as they are on the 32nd floor on Liverpool Street lol x

  16. January 15, 2018 / 3:06 am

    Wow, what a great experience you had. Looks like you really had an amazing trip with Travelodge. I would love to see the Sky Gardens as well. I just need to schedule my vacation.

  17. January 16, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Ooh, I’d love a couple days to explore London. I think I’ spend it checking out some of the great museums there!

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