I recently finished my first quarter of college and went on a week long trip to Europe with my mom. We visited London and Paris (which I’m writing a separate blog post for!) and spent four days in each city.
I apologize for the delay on this post… but can you believe I’m still fighting jet lag? I keep falling asleep at 8 PM (which is crazy early, because I’m usually a night owl!) and waking up at 5 Am.
On our first day, we took a walk around our hotel and saw Big Ben. I was feeling a bit jet lagged after the ten hour flight so I had to keep fighting off naps! We took the underground tube for the first time, to Sketch Gallery for afternoon tea. The restaurant was featured in Vogue and is known for it’s quirky art and interesting rooms. Sketch is every blogger’s favorite tea spot in London. I ordered their Christmas Chai and it was the best chai tea I’ve ever had! Being at Sketch made me feel like a true blogger! Plus I was surrounded by everything I love: pink decorations, weird and kitschy art, and lots and lots of tea!
Also, I got to check out their famous “egg pod” bathroom and it was seriously so cool and unique. Each individual egg pod played christmas music!
The second day of London, we took the tube to Notting Hill and shopped on Portobello Road. Seeing the houses on Notting Hill instantly made me think of the movie Love, Actually. I especially loved all the pastel colored ones and now I want to own a pink house! For lunch, we ate at a delicious fish and chips restaurant. My mom and I shared that ginormous plate!
On day 3, we toured the Harry Potter set! We got to go inside the actual sound stages, see real props and costumes, and learn more about how the movie series was filmed. It was a super cool experience, getting an up-close behind the scenes look of everything. It’s definitely a must-see for all Harry Potter fans; It was truly magical!
Our last day in London was definitely the busiest. My mom and I went to Madame Tussauds, rode the London Eye, visited Buckingham Palace, and saw The 1975 live at the O2. At Madame Tussauds, I literally spent thirty minutes in front of the One Direction wax figures, no joke! I totally fangirled when I saw the boys’ wax figures and refused to leave until I had a billion photos and selfies with them. Whenever their bench was empty, I casually walked back to it. I basically claimed the One Direction figures that day.
After visiting Madame Tussauds, which BTW is a thousands times better than all of the ones in America (it has a ride!), we rode the London eye. It was cool being able to see the city from 443 ft high up. We then took the tube to Buckingham Palace and took typical tourist photos.
However, the best part of day 4, was seeing The 1975! I love that band’s music and it was my second time seeing them live. They sounded amazing and I loved Matty’s energy and use of black eyeliner. But that night, I learned that concerts in London are a bit different than concerts in America. For one, since the drinking age is 18, practically every teenager was drinking alcohol. Which is very interesting, since a lot of the 18+ teens looked really young, like they shouldn’t be drinking beer at their age. Another thing I noticed was that the crowds are a lot more respectful. They do not scream as much as Americans, they all sit during slow songs, and they clap for everything. Everythiiiiing. Honestly, there was sooooo much clapping. But I loved every minute of it!
Thanks for reading my photo diary about my London trip! Stay tuned for my post about Paris!