I’m grouping days 2 & 3 of London into one post – if you missed day 1, you can go here!
So, continuing on from where I left off… I was exhausted by the time I returned to my hostel on Saturday night, but after about an hour of uninterrupted sleep from 12-1am, I was abruptly awoken by not one, but TWO snorers in my six bed dorm. This was the first time I’ve been trapped in a room full of snorers, and let me tell you it was pretty awful. I even had some Norah Jones in my ears but nope, I could still hear them.
For whatever reason, I wasn’t too tired on Sunday. My morning started off at St. Margaret’s Church, where I was the only person below 40 years old. People tell me I’m 40 at heart though so I basically fit in well.
I then took the bus for about 40 minutes to get to the Brick Lane Market, which is a really cool area of London with an indie vibe, offering tons of second-hand stuff for really cheap. My purchases? Some new razor blades! Hey, I needed them (no, these were not second hand…).
Some of you offered me great tips regarding where to go and what to see during my stay in London. The Borough Market, a food market underneath the London Bridge, was closed when I was there, but I did see St. Paul’s Cathedral (thanks for the recommendation, Kendra!)
At this point it started pouring rain, so what’s a girl to do while the weather is crummy?? Ummm, Oxford Street, hello! Oxford Street is theeee street for shopping in London, and while most of my time was spent simply admiring the beautiful fashion, I did pick up a dress (for the sister) and a skirt (for me). And the funniest thing happened when I went into the Kate Spade boutique there: the sales lady was from my hometown!
Monday was my last day in London, but it sure was jam packed! I was so thankful to have slept through the night, because I’m not sure I would have dealt very well with another sleepless one.
My morning started with brunch at The Slug and Lettuce, a cute little place right beside the Thames. Besides the good food, I may or may not have been enticed by their 50% off on Mondays deal . Needless to say, it was a great deal, and I slowly sipped my tea while people watching (which I love oh so much!).
Next came a tour of the Westminster Abbey. Although I had first seen it on Saturday, I had yet to go inside. I almost chose not to because of the steep entrance fee, but wow, it was worth every penny! Unfortunately pictures weren’t allowed so I couldn’t capture this magnificence.
Next I walked to Trafalgar Square, home to the National Gallery:
The National Gallery is a free art exhibit, and it’s so large that if you’re an art enthusiast you could easily spend an entire day in there. I can’t really say I’m into art (at all, it’s sad actually), but I did go inside for about 4.5 minutes.
From there I walked to Covent Garden Market. This market is more touristy than any other, but nonetheless boasts a huge variety of bakeries, restaurants, and shops. While I was there I noticed a ten-person line for Ben’s Cookies, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I’m not exaggerating when I say that that milk chocolate cookie was one of the highlights of my trip. If you’re ever in London, go to Ben’s Cookies!!!!
Covent Garden Market is also home to London’s most famous fish & chips place:
So fish & chips for dinner it was. I guess I’m just a rebel and eat my dessert before dinner.
I started making my way back to the hostel at this point, but once again caught myself in Leicester Square (home to the theatre tickets). Somehow I found myself stopping at the box office, and when they told me I could have a 5th row seat at Billy Elliot for next to nothing, I couldn’t resist. Billy Elliot was the perfect end to a perfect trip (minus the hostel snorers, who had returned that evening!).
Oh, and yes, these do exist!:
Are you a fish ‘n chips fan?
So, London, yay or nay for you?
Have a great weekend!