London, Rome, Paris – cities on everyone’s bucket list. There’s plenty of fish in the sea, yet there are those typical must see places. Why should I choose the same destination everyone else chooses? I guess this belief stopped me for a long time – I was trying to go to more authentic, smaller cities. Then I broke the ice. Here’s My London Story for You!
Working in an international environment – mostly with English people – left me with quite a knowledge about their culture. Plus I continuously heard I must go to London – for two years. I was too busy planning other sunny holidays and said no to many invitations.
Then, about a year ago my inner voice said: I have to go to London, I might actually fell in love with it. I skipped some time off travelling and I had the perfect reason to finally take a trip out – if you must know, I had to celebrate a top moment of my life. Not to mention, I was hungry for a new cuisine – yes England do have cuisine!
I actually went to London without planning much – I only told some of my friends that I’ll be in the city for a long weekend. Then it just became one of the best trips of the past few years.
I got so excited on my arrival I actually skipped eating and headed straight to find the perfect heels for the night out. Do snacks at Marks & Spencer count as lunch? Wait…food at M&S?! I had no idea they have such a thing and in a huge variety of rather tasty food – yaw dropped, pretty cool England!
No worries though, later on I went to the amazing Thai Square on Trafalgar with my lovely Londoners. I was too busy talking and munching, I forgot to take a food photo – this rarely ever happens. Excuse me for breaking my own rule, but you have to see this deliciousness – picture from: Thai Square’s Facebook. Just realising how London made me break a few rules, Geez!
Thai Square is definitely a must try in London! Such a nice menu and chilled area, my friends even told me off for being too loud – so unacceptable!
We ended up clubbing at Gilgamesh London. They mostly played R’n’B so I’ve got my moves going..until 2am. Even if I knew this will happen, why do clubs close at 2am? Really London, really?! The party usually just starts at that time! Apart from that I can’t complain, had an amazing time dancing and celebrating with friends.
Next day I was in need of an English breakfast, indeed!
A random trip to Hampton Court totally made my day. The weather was quite chilly, yet sunny but the view was AMAZING! Seriously, it’s such a beautiful area with those typical English houses and the Thames.
Surely I couldn’t miss out on an afternoon tea. I’ve tried tea with milk back at home before – hated it – so I was a bit scared yet adventurous enough to give it a second chance. Guess what, liking a proper English tea with milk turned out to be one of my favourite discoveries over there – the flavour totally melted my heart! Or was that a Nutella-mascarpone filled pancake? I’m the biggest fan of pancakes. When it’s warm and the mascarpone makes the Nutella creamier just like a piece of heaven in your mouth – pancake goals!
On my third day I finally went to check out all the must-see sights in London. You won’t find me inside museums checking paintings for hours. Instead, I’ll be out and about cruising around the streets looking for cathedrals, castles and parks.
I just found out about being a park-lover girl deep down. Parks make me feel so relaxed. That was the case in Krakow before if you remember, and same happened in St James’s park in London. There’s something adorable in watching people go by or kids as they’re running around chasing pigeons and just laying down in the grass without a blanket – taking a moment of silence, not rushing to anywhere.
After a few hours wandering around the city, I got hungry and even though I didn’t really planned it, I ended up at Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks in Covent Garden. Covent Garden is lovely enough by itself – cute little shops everywhere! Should I explain my fangirling over Jamie Oliver before the Union Jacks experience? I will anyway.
I didn’t like him when I first saw his show on TV – what’s this huge hype for, I thought?! Then about two years ago I got myself watching one of his newest shows for an hour, amazed. The way he moves in the kitchen, the way he talks about food and how he cares for children and promoting an easy way of living healthier!
No question, I had to go to one of his restaurants! Everything was amazingly delicious but I want to highlight the homemade salted butter with fresh bread. No words People, NO WORDS! It is pure perfection!
If that wouldn’t be enough, I got in to M&M’s World by surprise.
OK, let me take a moment of self-reflection here. I feel like all of you think that I am such a crazy girl loving everything, fan of this – fan of that, with the question in your head: is she even an adult or a little kid?! I am an adult, alright?! I guess I can just admire things as a child could – purely happily.
Going back to my point, M&M’s World is fantastic but never take a hyperactive kid there – i.e. DO NOT let me go inside!
After all this ‘adrenalin’ the girl had to be taken to a relax-walk. Ended up at the beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral which was shining in night lights already.
On my last day I had a final visit to The City to check the view from The Shard. Even though the weather was cloudy and grey – why was I even surprised by that?! – the view was magnificent! Wish to see it at sundown once – although I’m a sunrise person!
Had so less time till my flight back I had to compromise on Yo! Sushi. Why do I say compromise? Well I must admit it wasn’t the best sushi I’ve ever had – at all. For that price it was alright but still. I can get a way better quality sushi at home for less!
+1 tip to anyone who is about to visit London. Don’t buy a Hop On Hop Off bus ticket online before you go! I made that mistake. You won’t need it! London is a big city, but you can reach all the sights by walk, or metro/bus. In case of choosing public transport, use a contactless card! It’s way easier and cheaper than getting an Oyster card.
At the end of this post, I proudly say, London is really a big deal! I can now see why so many people told me to check it out! Going to London was one of my best decisions in 2016.
What’s on my list for next time I’ll be around? Notting Hill and a river cruise for sure…