HOLIDAY TIME! FINALLY!
London is one of my favourite places in the world. There is such a massive variety of people that it seems everyone has a purpose. So what better place to spend my holiday week?
Typical me, booking the longest train in history 6.5hrs from Edinburgh to London. By the time we arrived I had already lost the will to live and it was only 12:35. We stayed in Chelsea with friends *free accommodation yas* so day 1 was just spent exploring the beautiful Chelsea and Kensington areas which consisted of eating, shopping and lusting over the insane houses after a cheeky drink of course.
In the evening we came across this tiny indian restaurant – Exotikka of India which btw you should go to if you ever find yourself in that corner of the world. Food was amazing and actually after a day of getting used to the LND prices it was reasonable.
After this we decided to watch the sunset at the Chelsea Pier. We found a nice bar on the promenade and had espresso martinis until the tiredness hit and bed was calling.
The busiest, most jam packed day of them all. Alarm rang at 8:00am and I had to drag myself out of bed. The weather was brilliant so I was able to finally dig out my summer clothes! YEY. We got a takeaway breakfast from Gails – a tea and a breakfast pot – and ate it in the Imperial College campus.
Next stop was biking through Hyde park. The original plan was to cycle round central London to see the main tourist attractions but Cameron said he wouldn’t trust me cycling through central London, so RUDE. But Hyde Park was lovely! I was actually shocked at how big it was, I was expecting it to be similar to the size of the Meadows in Edinburgh but how wrong I was.
We reached Buckingham Palace at the right time to see the changing of the guards. It was absolutely mobbed but it was good to see.
Big Ben and Westminster were next on the list! Again, I had been very naive at the vast size of the place. The building was so intricately designed, it was very cool.
Next, we made a rash decision to visit the top of the Shard to see the London skyline. I think it was good to see but it wasn’t a hugely spectacular skyline. I found it really scary though because you were ridiculously high up and I’m not the biggest fan of heights.
We took a nice walk along the river to see Tower Bridge before travelling to Soho briefly to meet a friend before heading to Islington for dinner at Otto Lenghi. The food was delicious, sort of tapas style. I opted for the tuna and the quail and had a delicious cheesecake desert washed down with a glass of Rose.
As dinner didn’t take too long, we took a tube to Leister Square and Trafalgar square before heading home for a much needed sleep.
We walked for so long, 30,529 steps or 20.42km (according to my Fitbit) so by the time we got home we crashed.
Waking up to rain wasn’t great but you get used to it having lived in Scotland your entire life.
It was definitely an indoor activities day so what better than Westfield shopping centre – food and shops all under one roof. First stop was a coffee as we both felt delirious with tiredness. I spotted Estee Lalonde, one of my favourite bloggers and I couldn’t resist chatting to her!
4.5 hours later and we felt like we had visited all the shops we wanted to so decided to head to covent garden.
Covent garden was soaking! The rain was bouncing off the pavements. We walked around and shopped for a brief while before grabbing dinner at a small restaurant in Chelsea and heading to bed.
This was my favourite day of the entire holiday. We explored Shoreditch and Brixton. Shoreditch was great, full of markets and quirky shops. We began at Spittlefields market before having lunch at Pho and then heading to Box Park. I got the BEST waffle ever at the Shoreditch Pump at a place called Nostalgia. I really liked all the street art that was around this area too.
Camden was next on our list however, I wasn’t overly taken with it. I think that it would have been better on the weekend because there was the market but during the week there wasn’t much going on.
We took a tube to Brixton to meet our friend. We headed to the Pop Brixton which has loads of restaurants, bars and shops in old shipping containers. It was very cool with live music playing. We stayed and drank for a while then went to an incredibly cool Jamaican bar.
LEAVING DAY. So gutted to have to leave, I love London. Our train was at 16:30 so we had most of the day luckily. We had such a nice breakfast at a french cafe.
The National History Museum is always a must-go for us every time we go to London so obviously, it was a perfect way to spend the last day. The dinosaur exhibit is the best part, highly recommend. They also had a really cute garden which was nuisance the last time I visited.
It’s been a blast. Until next time London.