The City of Lights- Paris

Whenever anyone thinks of France, they usually automatically think of Paris. They are taken to a world full of romance, of fashion, and of history. Every fashionista dreams about the day she’ll finally arrive in Paris, so us here at Style Lend have created the ultimate guide for your Paris adventure.

*The Sights*

The Louvre Museum- With beautiful, futuristic architecture, the Louvre is home to not only the Mona Lisa, but also Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. 

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Arc d’ Triumph- Located at the end of the Champs-de-Elysees, the Arc d’Triumph is one of the most famous Paris landmarks. Highly recommend climbing it at night to get a great view of Paris.  

Eiffel Tower and Park- Pick up a couple of baguettes and a bottle of champagne and have yourself a picnic underneath the iconic tower, and then climb to the top and you can see the entire city.

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Champs E’lysee- The “Rodeo Drive” of Paris, the Champs E’lysee is home to the most beautiful and eclectic fashion houses, stores, and restaurants.

Church of Notre Dame- The infamous home of Quasimodo, this gothic church is unlike anything you’ll ever see. Sculptures and stained glass windows show influences of naturalism and was one of the very first gothic cathedrals. Construction began in the 12th century, but was not until 300 years later that construction was completed. A must see in Paris.

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Palace of Versailles- The home of Marie Antoinette and several French Kings during the French Revolution, Versailles is a must hit spot during your Paris trip. The Gardens and Park of the Chateau’s is unlike anything you will ever see and an absolute must if you want to get the best Instagram picture.

Musee d’Orsay- An absolute must for al art lovers. They have all types of art including architecture, models, paintings, sketches, and statues. If anything, go to the Impressionism floor and see beautiful works by Monet, Van Gogh and more.

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Centre Pompidou- The museum of modern art is a great museum for people who love the modern word and futuristic architecture. Not only are the exhibits one of a kind, but the building itself will make you feel like you traveled a few years into the future.

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*Munchies*

Le Bouillon Chartier- Traditional French food; go for the escargot, foie gras, a whole fish, French onion soup, and amazing classic French wine; Address is 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris; they are only open until 10pm so don’t go too late.

La Creperie des Champs Elysses- You can’t go to Paris and not get a crepe. The street crepes are great, but if you really want to go all out, go here and watch the magic of crepe making in front of your eyes, located on 5, Rue Washington75008 Paris, France. *highly recommend getting the banana nutella, you won’t be sorry*

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“r.”- Expensive but so cool and great view of the Eiffel Tower. If you don’t go for dinner, at least go for a drink at the bar; kind of hard to find but so cool so ask around.

Angelina’s- Go for tea and hot chocolate in the afternoon – near the Lourve, so cute and great baked goods.

Lauduree- A trip to Paris is not complete without the best macaroons. Enough said.

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The Old Smoke- London

Some people call it “The Old Smoke,” others know it as the “America of Europe”, either way, the city of London is in one word: magical. London is full of history, everything from The Royal Family and historical churches, to numerous Olympic events. London can be an overwhelming location for a first time visitor, which is why we created the perfect guide to make sure you enjoy everything that the city has to offer. From the food to the sites, here’s our list of highlights that cannot be missed.

Sights:

Buckingham Palace: The place where Queen Elizabeth takes her slumbers, but also the place where you can go see the Changing of the Guards. The ceremony takes place daily during the months of April to July. During the ceremony, one regiment takes over from another and lasts about 45 minutes. At the palace, you can also tour the state rooms during September and October. 

Hyde Park: One of London’s finest landscapes, covering over 350 acres. In the 1800’s Hyde Park became a venue for national celebrations, and is a beautiful place to rent lawn chairs and relax on a beautiful day in London.

Tower of London: An old prison/dungeon/torture chamber, but looks basically like all the other buildings. The Tower of London is the official place for Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress and home to the Crown Jewels. It is located on the bank of the Thames River in central London. The Crown Jewels of London are an assembly of 142 historical ceremonial objects, including the regalia and vestments of kings and queens worn during their coronations. 

London Bridge: The bridge, located between central London and Southwark, on the River Thames. The newly reconstructed bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 17, 1973. The bridge was also home to the Olympic rings during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Tate Modern Museum: This museum is perfect for those who love modern art (did we mention it’s free?) Not a London essential if you’re in a time crunch, but well worth it. The exhibitions include, Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979; Painting with Light Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphalites to the Modern Age; and the Pablo Brostein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting. 

Kensington Palace: Who doesn’t aspire to have a life like the Royal Family? Kensington Palace is the home of Will and Kate. Not only can you get a tour of the palace, but you can see Princess Diana’s dress collection, an exploration of Queen Victoria’s life, the Queen’s state apartments, and the Palace Gardens. Sold.

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London Parliament: Not only is the Parliament building one of the most beautiful constructions in central London, but it also examines what the London government is doing. The House of Commons and House of Lords both play important roles in Parliament’s work.

Camden Market: Camden is the hipster part of London. Home to multiple flea markets, shops, and great food.  Camden is a must see for anyone who is looking to find an “out of the box” venture while in London.

Big Ben: Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic and must-see attractions. Big Ben first rang across Westminster on May 31,1859. Go see Big Ben after touring through Parliament. *Little Known Fact- Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower, but the name of the bell that rings inside*

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Westminister Abbey: Home to more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. A house of treasured paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, and other artifacts.

The London Eye: Great ferris wheel that allows you to see all of London, definitely worth it.

Abbey Road: If you love The Beatles, then Abbey Road is a must hit spot. Located right across the street from Apple Records Studio, cross the infamous road and take your picture (as long as a car doesn’t honk at you first)!

Let’s Dine:

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Social Eating House: Located in SOHO, this restaurant will bring you good vibes, great shareable dishes, and killer cocktails.

Dinings: The trendiest food your tastebuds will ever try.

Well Dressed: Good lunch place to make your own salad creations.

Yo Sushi: Go here for delicious and affordable conveyer belt sushi.

Night Life: A quick guide to some of our favorite night life: Pharmacy, Caffe de Paris, O Bar, Attica and Zoobar.

Shopping:

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Covent garden: Great boutique shopping Great vintage stores.

Portobello Market: Cool and hip shopping finds.

London is an amazing place with a ton of versatility and culture, so it really has something for everyone. Head over to StyleLend.com to see all the items you could rent for a holiday in the UK.