Being the commercial hub of Nigeria, you’ll find there’s a wealth of great hotels in Lagos. Our favourite, however, is the Radisson Blu Anchorage on the banks of Five Cowries Creek and on one of Victoria Island’s busiest thoroughfares. We usually try to get a lagoon-view room, perfect to wake up to after an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep (their mattresses are made of memory foam – heaven!). Lounging by the infinity pool or relaxing at the fantastic Terrace Bar is all part of the package, and the package is such a treat that we’re always tempted to stay here all day, every day!
Lagos is known for its nightlife and music, and whenever we visit we find it hard to stay away from Caliente on Victoria Island. It’s one of the best places to let your hair down and dance to some Nigerian pop, hip-hop and international R&B hits with the beautiful crowd that amass there. The first time we came to Lagos we completely missed Caliente – thinking it was on just another pretty villa-filled street, the secret is to look for the cars that are triple parked all around it! When we really want to treat ourselves, we head downstairs to the VIP Belvedere Bar where you can escape the queues and receive the star treatment with your own waiter.
Nigerian cuisine is known for its richness, but most of all, its variety. Unless you have a relative in Lagos, we think Yellow Chilli is one of the best restaurants in the city to sample the many authentic Nigerian dishes such as gari and okra soup (crayfish, meat and okra) and pounded yam with egusi (a melon-seed and mixed-leaf soup made with meat or fish). We never fail to get a post-meal carbohydrate coma, but we promise it’s worth it.
Most Lagosians are devoutly religious, so don’t be surprised to find that shops and businesses are closed for part or all of Sundays and, in Muslim neighbourhoods, on Friday afternoons. We always make the most of the quiet time by doing like the locals and taking a boat trip to one of the beautiful beach resorts. Our favourite is Tarkwa Bay, the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and watch surfers take on the waves.
A word of warning, it is worth keeping your wits about you in Lagos. The city has a reputation for being a little bit dangerous, but you don’t need to be afraid, just be sensible and ask your hotel for a list of the do’s and don’ts while you’re in town.
Virgin Atlantic operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Nigeria
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About the author: KatieKatie Manning
Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning