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Monday, 19 January 2015

London trip

It had been on the cards for a while to have a few days away with my sister and we finally got round to it last weekend. London was an obvious first choice for us as we had 5 very important stops in mind...

Firstly, Liberty of London....

(Amazing paper flowers display.)

In the off-chance you've never seen it, the department store is the most incredible old tudor building, squashed right in the midst of the madness that is Oxford Circus. 

After Liberty we headed into Soho where my sister had booked us a table at the uh-ma-zing Ottolenghi restaurant 'Nopi' for my birthday. No pictures sorry... too busy drinking wine & eating delicious Mediterranean food! 

On to Spitalfields Market...

This had been on my list of places to go for a while now and it did not disappoint... highly recommend it on Saturday when the market is on. A great alternative to the boring, predicatable high street shops and for people watching too. Sorry, but again I was just too busy shopping to take any more pictures!

(Eggs Benedict for brekkie... that kept us going for a while!)

Exmouth Market.... 

A cute little road with a handful of lovely independent shops selling beautiful nic-nacs... it's not too far from Spitalfields market either. Great for cafes & foodie places.

The V&A Museum.... 

Always love going here as there is so much to see and the building is a marvel in itself.

We went to the exquisite Wedding Dress exhibition that is being featured there at the moment. We spent a good couple of hours in there just taking it all in and trying to decide which was our favourite (umm.. we had about 5 each!)

Throughout the weekend we must have walked bloomin' miles! But fortunately there seemed to be a cafe or bakery on most corners to keep us fuelled...

For my own reference I thought I'd list some important points about visiting the big smoke, which - for the most part - we actually did stick to...
1) Have a plan of where you want to go and what you want to do... and stick to it.
2) Pre-plan how you will get to those places.
3) Be prepared to spend quite a lot of money on travelling and eating out.
4) Avoid big high streets during the sales.
5) There is so much good food to sample, plan to go to at least one really good restaurant and spend a bit more money on eating amazing food.
6) Although it's nice to look good when tarting round London child-free... a functional bag and a warm scarf is what you need! ;)

The end.


  1. Oh, London! An awesome rainy capital! I have never been to London, and He is the first one in the list "to visit" places for the next year. Your photos are excellent! Great post.

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