London: Sips, Sights and Shows

Every time I go to a new city I make the proclamation that it is my absolute favorite, but I think London will be hard to top. Maybe it was because they spoke English or the fact that I walked the same streets as the Queen, but I absolutely loved every second of my adventures in London and in four days I covered a lot of ground.

Starting out strong, our flight landed and I headed to Covent Gardens to explore and have dinner at Flat Iron, which was absolutely amazing, definitely the best meal I had in London. The next day I went to the Balenciaga exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it was fantastic. It was so different from any other designer exhibit and it was also interactive. The child in me loved trying to fold a Balenciaga coat with paper. After the V&A we made our way through the beautiful Kensington Gardens to the Serpentine gallery which displayed two very unique contemporary art exhibitions.

The afternoon consisted of Harrods and Tea. I spent about two hours exploring the designers and departments of the world renowned department store, Harrods, and it still wasn’t enough time. There is so much to see, so much fashion, and the store itself is beautiful. Then it was tea time. We had a bottomless tea at Harvey Nichols, and if you add enough milk and sugar the tea is actually drinkable (to me at least). They kept brining out delicious finger sandwiches, scones, quiche and desert– it was all so delicious. It was so cool to experience high tea in London, pinkies up! That night I explored the chaotic Oxford Street, including the amazing Topshop store. Who knew a store need a cupcake shop, nail salon, eyebrow bar, bubble tea and café?

The next day we went to a sustainability lecture at the London College of Fashion. It was so cool to see all the action being taken in the fashion industry, but we are still one of the largest polluting industries and there is a long way to go. Not so fun fact: 25% of water pollution comes from the fashion industry.

That afternoon we saw all the sights: visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, saw Big Ben covered in scaffolding and rode the London Eye. Even though it was rainy the views were amazing. It wouldn’t be a day in London if it didn’t rain, right? That night we saw Wicked in the West End and it was phenomenal. Even though it was my third time seeing the show, the British accents made it so much better.

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Friday was a day full of visits. We started the day at cockpit arts which is the largest incubator for craftspeople with 170 makers that specialize in skills such as ceramics, leather, jewelry and more. Then we toured Shakespeares Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern museum. That night we saw An American in Paris in the West End and it was beautiful–definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of shows.

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On Saturday we packed in everything we still wanted to see into about four hours. First, we went to the Tower Bridge, then made our way to Abbey Road for the stereotypical (but super cool) Beatles photo opp. After dodging the cars for the perfect photo we went to 221b Baker Street, home of Sherlock Holmes. It was a jam packed morning, but every second in the city was worth it.

I absolutely LOVE London and am counting down the days until I can go back and continue to explore the wonderful city. Besides the fact that they drive on the other side of the road it didn’t really seem like a foreign, European country, it seemed like home.

Ciao for now and on to the next adventure,

Sammy

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