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A Day In London

In this post I’ll describe what the perfect day in London is for me. Opinions differ, of course, and everyone has an individual idea of a ‘perfect day in London’. I got the idea for this blog post last April, when my parents visited London for the very first time. It was one of the most stressful weekends I ever had! We had exactly two days and they wanted to see everything. We went from Finchley to Hampstead to Belsize Park to Camden to Central London, Sloane Square, Westminster, up and down Oxford Street, to the Tower, Shakespeare’s Globe etc etc etc. After I had (barely) survived that weekend, I realised that probably a lot of people make the mistake to stay in London for only one weekend. This is crazy, especially if they’re here for the first time! There are way too many things to see and two days aren’t enough. I called what we did ‘extreme sightseeing’. What’s so extreme about it? Well, go ahead and try to show your friends, parents or whoever almost all the sights in London, but please don’t forget to post pictures of the blisters on your and their feet!

My perfect day would start with a morning in Hampstead. I’d have breakfast (Brioche French Toast!) at Giraffe on Rosslyn Hill (opens at 7.30am), and would then walk to Primrose Hill in the southeast or Hampstead Heath in the north to watch the sunrise over London.

Afterwards I’d go to Camden vintage shopping and looking at all the cute shabby chic things they sell at the market; maybe I’d also try some Asian food and cupcakes.

Photo by turquoisegrrrl

In the afternoon I would take the tube to Central London (Northern line from Camden Town station to Leicester Square, Piccadilly line from Leicester Square to Green Park and then the Jubilee line to Westminster) to do a little sightseeing tour and see the most famous sights in London: The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Number 10 (Downing Street) and the Horse Guards Parade. They’re not far away from the tube station, but it’s up to you which of the sights you’d like to see.

Then I’d take the Circle or District line to Sloane Square to have lunch at my favourite pancake house, My Old Dutch, and – if your budget allows it – to go (designer) shopping (either that or Oxford Street..and don’t forget Harrods!!).

In the evening I’d take the tube to the Tower Bridge (London Bridge or Tower Hill station) to watch the sunset. Something which I can’t miss on my perfect London day is a musical! I can recommend Legally Blonde, which I saw last October and which I loooooved. It’s at the Savoy Theatre, so that would be my next stop.

In the late evening/ night I would have some cocktails in the Aqua Spirit Bar on Regents Street (roof terrace!).

Photo by blog.blacktomato.co.uk 

Of course there are millions of other things I love to do in London, but since it’s ‘A Day in London’ post, I can’t include all of them.

I wish everyone a Happy Jubilee weekend!

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The Royal Wedding 2011

The Royal wedding will most definitely go down in history as one of the most glamorous and touching moments in British history.
I got up at 7.30 this morning after I woke up last night at 4am and thought I had missed the wedding (was quite a shock!). And I can say it was worth getting up that early, and it was also worth every single tear I shed. I loved everything about that wedding: the wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton, the atmosphere, the guests, the hats, the carriage; absolutely everything. The junior bridesmaids were so cute!
I also had a little discussion with some people on facebook who were ‘bored’ by my excited comments about the wedding (I made only 2 comments about the wedding on facebook so that’s really not something to complain about). Anyway, I told them I think that this wedding brings together a lot of British people and makes them proud of their country. And I think this community spirit is something very beautiful. Everyone else I talked to or whose tweets I read, was very excited and even felt patriotic and slightly in panic when the ring didn’t want to fit on Kate Middletons – excuse me, on Her Royal Highness, Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge’s finger…

This is me, royally “dressed up”:

The junior bridesmaids:

The Queen:

This is unbelievably cute!