A Weekend in London (1st Day)
Finally, after 20 years, I managed to visit the capital city of my own country; London.
I’ve always wanted to visit and see what it’s like for myself, especially as so many people around me aren’t a fan of the city, but timing etc has never been right.
However, for my 20th birthday (back in April) my boyfriend surprised me with a weekend in London! Also, it’s worked out that I may be in London much more this year so I was glad that I was able to visit with someone else first, to get the gist of the city.
We woke up nice and early and boarded the 7:00am train from Hull Station to London Kings Cross, arriving at 9:30am.
Our hotel was a 20 minute walk away and although we were too early for check-in, we left our luggage there so we could have a full day of exploring before heading back to get ready.
On the day that we had arrived, it was the Trooping of the Colour so we knew Buckingham Palace and areas around there were going to be very busy. And as we’re not really into the Royals, we decided to do a mixture of shopping and wandering instead.
Our hotel was based in Soho, so was a 10/15 minute walk from the centre. I swear though, we must have walked up and down Oxford Street so many times, trying to find Selfridges – before realising it was just on the other side of the road!
It was so nice to be able to go shopping in a city that has a wide variety of shops. Hull isn’t renowned for its shopping, especially now that popular shops (bye ZARA I miss you) have left. So, we took this opportunity to visit shops we don’t have at home.
Que a very long walk to find Brandy Melville – although an online shop, the shipping is pricey and I wanted to see the clothes in person. We had tried to visit here in Amsterdam, but ran out of time and shopping there wasn’t a priority.
Eventually we found it and I spent far too much there. But, as we were walking along we found Neal’s Yard – the sweetest garden with a handful of health cafes and cool shops. Highly recommend wandering around this area. There was also a vegan market happening right near here too! I loved this area.
There was music playing and many of the shops were decorated with beautiful pastel-coloured flowers, this area just had such a nice atmosphere.
We decided we would stop in a pub to get a drink whilst listening to and watching the drummers outside.
Then, as we had been walking for hours and had been awake since the early hours, we decided to walk back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner.
At this point, we were nearing 30,000 steps and my feet were killing. I immediately regretted bringing heels for dinner.
For dinner, we decided to stay in the area our hotel was based (Soho) as blisters and heels is not a nice combo.
We went to a Mediterranean restaurant called Villandry. For London, the food was reasonably priced and the cocktails were strong! The closest bar we could find, that wasn’t too busy, was All Bar One which was where we chose to end our first day in London.
^ I recommend the Sailor’s Swirl cocktail here, I’m not a rum fan myself but that flavour was hidden by the passion fruit and it was very nice!