London in a nutshell

Although my time in London was short (2 1/2 days) I was able to stay with one of my oldest friends in the world, Kate.  Kate is from the states but has lived overseas for close to four years.  Because of this, she now believes she is European and her newest catch phrase is “That’s so American.” To sum it up she is absolutely ridiculous and I love her.  She was able to show me all the basics of London by foot in the short time that I was there.  I’m hoping to make it back within the year to stay longer and really experience the culture.  In the mean time, I wanted to blog about ten unique things I learned in London along with pictures!

1. Harrods is the most hectic crazy shopping mall I have ever been to.

Harrods is located in Knightsbridge and has over 330 departments.  It is utterly insane the amount of people you encounter there.  Kate thought it would be a fabulous idea to take me there first thing when I got off the tube (because who doesn’t want to stand shoulder with random strangers right when you step foot in another country?) Kate is also a super fast walker, which means I lost her about a dozen times within the first 30 minutes. But in all seriousness, I was able to touch piece of wood that is over 30,000,000 years old, so it was worth the mini panic attack I had.

2. London has beautiful parks.

Watch out! Some parks will make you pay for sitting in chairs!

3. London Squirrels are not scared of humans.

4. London is full of rich history and beautiful monuments

Great London Wall
The Royal Court of Justice
Twinings
London Bridge
The ruins of Winchester Palace which was one of the largest and most important buildings in medieval London.

Ripley’s Believe it or not!

5.  London’s rainy climate is not suited for those with curly hair. 

6.  Certain areas of London are known for their graffiti talent. 

7.  London’s China Town has the best dim sum I have ever tasted.

Kate and I enjoyed a bottle of wine and delicious Jiazi (steam dumplings), Bau (steamed fluffy buns) and spring rolls in London’s China Town.

8.  London is a very big city and hard to navigate if you’ve never been there before. 

At least for me, but then again, I am completely horrible with directions.  I would have been entirely lost in the city without Kate’s help.  Then again, even she being as “European” as she is now, had to stop and look up directions.

You will always be American.

9. London is the home to some of the best english writers.

I loved being able to see places where Charles Dickens had a drink or where Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

Ya Old Cheshire Cheese
Known haunt of Charles Dickens
Shakespeare’s Globe
Her Majesty’s Theater

10. Scones and clotted cream are now my favorite afternoon delight.

While walking ten miles a day to make sure I saw every inch of London, Kate let my feet have a break and took me to a wonderful Tea cafe called Beas of Bloomsbury.

Scones and clotted cream

Along with finding my new favorite snack, I also fell in love with a liquor drink known as Primms.  It is one of London’s most popular summer drinks.  Absolutely delish.

And there you have it! Very brief trip but I left London wanting to return as soon as possible!  There was so much to see and such wonderful energy there, I couldn’t possibly get my full London experience with just two days.  Cannot wait to return! Would love to hear from others who have been to London and what they liked best!

 

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