Our subscribers received adorable postcards in their June boxes illustrating the four cities that Birchbox calls home: New York, Paris, London, and Barcelona. But since we could only fit so much information on each card, we decided to provide even more insider intel on our blog—straight from Birchbox staffers around the world. Get your passport ready and check back each week for a new installment of Birchbox City Guides.
For the best burger in town, head to MEATliquor behind Oxford Street or sister restaurant MEATmarket in Covent Garden and order the Dead Hippie—pair it with a delish cocktail. Borough Market on the South Bank has all the food stalls you can imagine, from cheese and meats to cider and sweet treats. Insider’s tip: Don’t leave without a visit to Monmouth for coffee—the queue is worth the wait.
London’s most famous department store, Selfridges, is always worth a visit for its excellent selection of standout designer duds and a brand-new denim department opening this June. Vinyl addicts should head to Rough Trade East on Brick Lane before taking in the sights and sounds of superhip Shoreditch.
While you’ll find all your favorite standbys at Liberty London’s beauty hall—Kiehl’s, Bobbi Brown et al.—there are also more niche brands to discover like Elie Saab and Escentric Molecules (and of course the 19th century-inspired decor makes it all the more inviting). Head to Seven Dials, a charming cobblestoned shopping village in Covent Garden, for smaller boutiques and vintage shops, and be sure to stop by Chanel’s all-beauty pop-up store.
The London Eye is probably on your list already, but we recommend visiting at sunset for the best views and a beautiful wander along the South Bank. If the sun’s out, pack some food for a picnic in a park with views of the city at Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill. If you’re after a museum visit, head to the V&A for fascinating exhibits, like their recent Hollywood Costume and David Bowie Is…. For more spontaneous plans, download the YPlan app to see what’s going on in London tonight and tomorrow.
Looking for more insider intel? Here’s our Birchbox City Guide to Paris.