Travel Diary: London

Last weekend, Lizzy and I went to London to meet her mom and my mom and dad for a long weekend! Our trip started out a little unlike how we wanted… We were flying out of Florence to London City Airport. Unfortunately, Florence often has high winds and a short runway, so not everyone can get on the plane. Well, the gate agent came and asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to get on another flight and no one did. So they had to get a list and call people. OF COURSE Lizzy and I were on the list. After a very stressful hour, we learned that we were getting transported to Bologna and then flying out of there to London Heathrow. What should have been a 2-hour journey to London, turned into a much longer journey. But, we made it!

Thursday night, we freshened up after the hotel once we made it. We then met up with Mrs. Brownell and headed to dinner. It ended up being a really late dinner, and it would have been super delicious if I hadn’t been recovering from the stomach bug :(. We called it a night and I enjoyed a nice, deep sleep in a big bed all to myself!

Friday morning, I was woken up to the phone ringing saying mom and dad were about 5 minutes away! They finally made it and we relaxed a bit, before taking a walk to Harrods to look around. Mom, Dad, and I ended up eating at the burger bar there before mom and I left to go meet Lizzy and Mrs. Brownell at Sketch for tea. It was the most interesting place to have tea, but it was delish. We enjoyed some finger sandwiches, desserts, and many other goodies. It was a fun place to unwind and enjoy some yummy food. We then walked around Piccadilly Circus a bit before saying our goodbyes for the night! Mom, Dad and I finished the night off at Nobu with some sushi before calling it an early night to sleep and enjoy!

IMG_8096IMG_8137IMG_8142IMG_8141

Saturday morning we got up and went to the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. It was the cutest area and they had all sorts of amazing antiques, food, and so much more! I was eager to seek out the Notting Hill Bookshop aka the store Hugh Grant worked at in the movie Notting Hill. It looked just the same, as it should, but there was a number of tourists around. Of course, we had to get a picture, though! We finished the afternoon off on a bus tour of London that took us to all the major sites in the city. From Westminster Abbey to the actual city of London and of course to Buckingham Palace, we saw it all! It was a fun way to see the city and all it has to offer. We got off the bus at Buckingham Palace and went to the gift shop to see the commemorative china for the Queen’s 90th birthday before going back to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. We met back up with Lizzy and her mom and went to dinner at Bumpkin. A restaurant that is owned by one of the women on Ladies of London – a show Lizzy and I love. It was actually really yummy and we had a good time!

IMG_8163IMG_8143IMG_8165IMG_8174IMG_8192IMG_8200

Sunday morning we got up and went to Liberty and walked around Oxford Circus before going to lunch in Chelsea with the brother of a man that works for mom. We had a traditional “Sunday Roast” and it was so much fun and the food was surprisingly really good. We then walked over to Kensington Palace and waved to Will and Kate and George and Charlotte before going back to the hotel to rest up after our big meal and then take a walk around Hyde Park. We finished the night off with some tapas at a restaurant in Oxford Circus.

IMG_8207IMG_8224

Monday morning we enjoyed breakfast and a few last minute errands and a walk before saying our goodbyes and going to the airport. It was such a fun weekend and we hated to see it come to an end. London will always have my heart, but we had to head back to Florence for midterms.

IMG_8233

Here Comes the Sun

London Day 4:

Today was by far my favorite day in London. We started our day by going to Stonehenge. It was a long drive, but definitely worth it. It’s such an interesting structure and the history behind it fascinated me (nerd status). After seeing the stones (there’s really not a ton to see there), we drove to Windsor to go see Windsor Palace. Since the Royal Ascot just occurred (as I’m writing this), Windsor was in preparations for the Queen’s arrival, which was pretty cool. You are not allowed to take pictures inside, but let’s just say I was able to walk up the same staircase as the Queen, but more importantly (to me) Kate, Will, and Harry! Windsor is massive, but so beautiful. I definitely recommend going to see it if you have the opportunity. I wanted to be comfortable since we were spending a lot of time in the car and as I mentioned in a previous post, it was unusually warm for England!

England69

 

Dress: Free People, Sweater: Free People (Old, Similar Here), Necklace: Swank, Necklace 2: Jennifer Zeuner, Shoes (Not Pictured): Freebird Steve Madden (Similar Here)

England71 England72 England75 England76 England80I just loved the name of this restaurant!

 

We’ll Never Be Royals

London Day 3:

Day 3 was all about sightseeing. We started bright and early at the Changing of the Guard. It was insanely crowded and we ended up leaving a little bit early since it was so hard to see anything (and people are rude). We then went to the Royal Muse to look at all the Queen’s Carriages. Of course, I had to ask which one Kate and Will rode in, but they didn’t have it. However, they did have the one Harry and Pippa rode in, so that sufficed (pictured below). From there we went to Selfridges to shop and get some nosh (there’s my British Slang). They had the coolest roof-top terrace for lunch and it was quite delicious. From lunch, dad and I said our goodbyes to mom as she had a business call, so we went where anyone else in London would… Parliament. We also explored the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and then had a lovely (and HOT) walk back towards Buckingham Palace and eventually to our hotel. We ended this fun day at Tom’s Kitchen, where mom and I had once read Kate and Will ate, so obviously we had to too. They have some of the best fish & chips, I highly recommend it!

 

England37 England41

IMG_9534 England46 England49 England57

Top: Show Me Your Mumu (Same Style), Jeans: Hudson, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Necklace: Swank, Bracelet: Lena Larose (old)England59 England63 England64

Kiss You

London Day 2:

Day 2 was the day I had been waiting for — One Direction Day!! Clearly, my dad was very excited (the hotel even gave us the messenger bag)! I decided to go slightly casual and comfortable since it had been a long day and Wembley Stadium is open (but how cute, especially for Kiss You)… it was hot, for London anyways. It was one of the most magical nights Liam, Niall, and Harry all came to the side of the stage we were on, and I just fell even more in love with them than I already was. My love of boy bands has been around forever (Backstreet Boys was my first concert), but there’s something special about a British band. They sang all their songs and were so amazing. Although, the jet lag was catching up to me, and I was ready for bed by the end!

England02 England03

 

Dress: Joie (Dress not online), Sweater: Borrowed from Mom, Sandals: Tory Burch (Similar Here), Purse: Longchamp, Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner

England04

Had to give some love to my boys 😉 England05 England13 England26 England29

London Calling

For as long as I can remember, I have obsessed with all things British. (Honestly, obsessed may be a bit of an understatement…) Anyways for our family vacation this year we decided to go to London, Florence and finish in Rome since those are the places I’m considering studying abroad. We did some pretty cool things at each place and will be sharing pictures from each day soon! Hope you enjoy!

 

London Day 1:

We landed in London in the late afternoon and went straight to Harrods after a quick freshen-up at the hotel. After just completing a huge project on Harrods for school I was really excited to dive right into the massive (330 departments) store!

England01

Shirt: Madewell, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner

England68

More to come following all of my European adventures!