How to travel: With a quick hop across the pond, you can find yourself in the beautiful city of London. British airways has direct flights from DC. Watch out with your luggage... my shopping purchases got stolen from my suitcase on the flight back.
Where to stay: The Hoxton Hotel is one of the hippest places to sleep in Shoreditch. You might miss some of the comforts of complementary body lotion and hair conditioner, but the hotel makes up for it with great service and a lively atmosphere.
Where to eat:
L'Anima: Delicious Italian food including homemade pastas and more.
: A visit to Borough Market is a welcome treat in the city of London. Your findings fresh produce, charcuterie, artisan cheeses, and wonderful take-away food. You can get lost for hours and the beautiful market.
Book of Mormon: We splurged and bought tickets to Book of Mormon. The show was hilarious and well worth seeing. If you get the chance, book and theater tickets.
Shopping on Oxford Street: London has some of that shopping. I was lucky enough to find some great buys. Unfortunately, someone stole my new purchases out of my suitcase on the way back. Boo!
All in all, London is a fabulous city. You can be there in 7 hours from DC to soak in a bit of the European lifestyle. Thanks Chowzter for bringing together such a great group of foodies!