Next stop on the Euro adventure: London! I had heard so many great things about the city, so I was more than excited to get there. Two of the girls I traveled with actually studied abroad there a few years ago. So, hearing stories from them made me anticipating it even more. From the beautiful accents to the architecture, I couldn’t wait to be there.
It was late at night when we landed, so we took the metro right away to where we were staying. We stayed with a friend, Jenna, who currently lives in London and who also studied abroad with the other two girls. She was so sweet to let us stay at her place! When we got to her house, we immediately unwind and spent the rest of the night catching up. Also, bless Jenna’s soul because she had Ben’s cookies waiting for us. If you ever get the chance to visit London, do yourself a favor and pick up some Ben’s Cookies…you’ll thank me later.
So to begin our first full day, Jenna took us to a delicious brunch spot called The Grey Horse. Here, I had the classic English breakfast and a latte – which were both amazing. As you can tell from the pictures below, 11/10 would recommend and fly eight hours to eat here again. After brunch, we walked up and down Oxford Street, which has stores like Zara, Topshop, H&M, Mango, and Primark. As someone who has a love for fashion, it was exciting to shop in clothing stores that are only in London.
Later in the day, we went to a huge, popular market called Camden Market. This was one of the many places I had heard about, and was eager to see. Camden Market has a vast amount of shops ranging from fashion pieces, souvenirs, ethnic and organic foods, art, etc. While walking around, I treated myself (treat yo self 2017) to the most delicious gooey, cheesy mac and cheese. It was from The Mac Factory and was the best mac and cheese I have ever had, I’m not lying.
We finished off the night by going out to a small bar, called The Social. It was a lovely, cozy place where I discovered my favorite drink – a bubbly with pomegranate seeds; the most perfect way to end the day.
The second day of our London adventure consisted of making our way to Westminster and hitting some tourist spots. This included Big Ben and the London Eye. Seeing Big Ben for the first time was when I truly felt like I was in Europe. That sounds a little strange, but the admiration I had for seeing such a major site, that I had never seen before with my own eyes, was incredible. It was very cool and a really exciting feeling. We explored around more and stopped to take the popular phone booth picture! S’cute.
For dinner, the girls and I went to this beautiful, French restaurant that was the “Home of real French cooking”, called the Brasserie Blanc. It had a very warm and intimate environment. To start, my friends and I split bread, french fries, and a bottle of wine. For the main dish, I got the barley cakes that was made with various vegetables. As you would think, it was delicious. Afterwards, we had a relaxing night in and got some sleep.
Finally, for our third day, we explored as much of the city as possible. We first started the day off with a yummy breakfast at Côte Brasserie, where I had eggs benedict and a chocolate croissant. Once pleasantly fueled, we made our way to the west end of the city to adventure through Piccadilly Circus and the nearby craft market. We also wandered through the streets and garden to see Buckingham Palace – obviously another must-see place while in London! After, we made sure to get to Abbey Road to take the iconic picture the Beatles also did some forty years earlier. So fun!
Our busy day continued with traveling to Notting Hill and walking through the pretty neighborhoods; which had the most aesthetically pleasing streets. We also hiked to Primrose Hill to get a breathtaking view of the city. In the skyline, you could see the London Eye peaking through the skyscrapers. Unfortunately, the photo I took did not give this view justice. (Fun fact: right before traveling up Primrose Hill, Nick Jonas and I laid eyes on each other from across the street. Might I add, he does look just as good in person.) Wandering more through Notting Hill, we got to our dinner spot where we would eat more food and drink more wine.
London ended with drinking even more wine, staying up until 1am, and having to wake up at 4am to catch our flight to Paris. Such a busy three days, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was able to see everything I wanted to and finally got to explore this beautiful city that I had heard so much about. As you could tell, I also ate some great food.
Next week I will post my travel diary from our last stop of our epic Europe spring break trip – Paris! I hope you have enjoyed traveling with me so far!