Mix classic and contemporary London flavors
Start the day with morning pick-me-up dishes such as smashed avocado, pancakes or a full English in the Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie. Housed in the distinctive London skyscraper dubbed the “Walkie Talkie”, due to its curvaceous shape, you’ll find a tropical garden and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views across the city.
If you’d rather stay closer to ground, book ahead for Coppa Club’s igloo-like pods on the banks of the Thames, which provide equally iconic views over breakfast or brunch during summer and winter. Sip on juices and smoothies as you gaze out at Tower Bridge from the comfort of your own snug spot.
No London experience is complete without a trip to a fish and chip shop, so head to one of Poppies’ three locations. Make sure to grab some pics of this unique chippy’s 1950s-style decor, chat to the staff clad in mid-century uniforms, and dare to try London classic, jellied eels.
For a more modern take on London’s food scene, venture to Boxpark Shoreditch. This complex created from shipping containers houses vendors serving up flavors from across the globe, including Asian-inspired vegan treats from Eat Chay, deli-style Sub Cult sandwiches and jackfruit burgers at Biff's Jack Shack.
Or, check off another bucket list must-do with afternoon tea. This quintessential English tradition has been given a modern makeover by quirky Sketch, just off London's famous Regent Street. Indulge in finger sandwiches, scones and refined cakes in its spectacular pastel pink dining area.
You’ll still have some time before catching the Eurostar train to Paris, so stop off at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London next to St Pancras International station for a glass of champagne. Make sure to strike a pose on the hotel’s curvy staircase that featured in the Spice Girls’ hit video, Wannabe.
Cross the Chunnel on Eurostar
Having eaten your way around London, it’s time to sit back, relax and let the train take the strain. Settle into one of Eurostar’s comfy seats, and two hours and 16 minutes later you’ll be in Paris. If you’ve skipped lunch, upgrade to Standard Premier, which offers a light meal onboard plus extra legroom, complimentary magazines and no luggage weight restrictions.
Join the “apéro” trend in Paris
You’ll arrive in time for pre-dinner cocktails in Paris, so take part in a tradition the Parisians call “apéro” – where locals head to their favorite spots for drinks and small bites, which often turns into a spontaneous dinner!
Start at Le Comptoir Général, which combines a bar, art gallery and shop. Eclectic and energizing, it’s a great place to mingle with uber-trendy young Parisians over African-inspired cocktails and small bites.
If you’re craving Insta-worthy street food, look no further than Marché des Enfants Rouges. Originally dating back to 1615 but revived in 2000 as a foodie hotspot, this covered market is open until 8.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, so you’ll have plenty of time to pick between Japanese, Lebanese, Italian and other worldwide dishes.
Atmospheric spot Willi’s Wine Bar is the place to seek out fine French vintages. This typically Parisian hideaway focuses on French and European wines. Select your favorite and marvel at the unique posters on the walls.
Soak up some history with dinner at Café de Flore, a Saint-Germain-des-Prés cafe that has been the go-to place for intellectuals and writers for more than a century. Snap its stunning art deco dining room or dine on classic French fare on the terrace.
For something more contemporary, venture onto the rooftop terrace of Brasserie Auteuil. This tranquil spot inside the old Gare d’Auteuil train station comes alive in the evening. Join locals around the colorful tiled bar for classic cocktails or sink into one of the cozy chairs among the plants, as you share platters and pizzas.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so the saying goes... So, learn to cook like a French chef at one of L’Atelier des Sens’ evening classes. From classic French dishes, to eclairs and macarons, you’ll be equipped with plenty of skills to show off once home.
Enjoy a stay at design-led Hôtel de Berri, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris. Located in the upmarket 8th arrondissement, this quirky hotel features an Italian restaurant with frescoes on its ceiling, a stylish bar and a peaceful courtyard garden – the perfect spot to unwind after a fun-filled day.