Having lived in the UK my entire 22 years of existence and never having visited our capital, it was time for a change. My beautiful Mum had a week off from work, so we planned a little mummy-baby trip together.
I hadn't been on a train since I learnt how to drive. That is over 5 (!!) years ago now, so it was about time. We booked on a (not so little) virgin train & headed down to Euston. We left the north being super sunny, warm & OK (for England) June weather. We were only heading down for 3 days so I packed everything into my green Fjallraven Kanken, it never leaves my back. I've semi forgot what other bags I own.
We arrived to torrential rain. We abandoned all plans & went to seek refuge in Pret. Only to find they had no seats left inside, we ended up eating in Kings Cross station, sharing a table with a woman who's constant, continuous & extraordinarily loud snorts were so powerful they came from her toenails. Grim. After it (the rain, not the snorting woman) died down, our little trip & exploring began. I had no plans prior to arriving as to where I wanted to visit. Just all of it, to be specific. I just wanted my Mum to see everything she wanted. Wherever she wanted to go, or whatever she wanted to see, we would do that.
First off isn't this the most beautiful hotel, ever?! This was right near our station. So magnificent to see & such a little introduction to Londons beautiful architecture.
This was a place my Mum was set on visiting. I had no prior expectations of what to expect, but it wasn't this.
Shops, but in sweet little boutique versions. Many bars & beautiful restaurants. There was a gorgeous little crepe shop, 'Creme de la Crepe', home to some wonderful creations. I paticularly wanted to try the Banoffee Pie offering 'banana, dulce de leche, ginger biscuits, extra thick double cream'. Sounded too delicious. Sadly we had just eaten our lunch, there was little room left. Next time though, definitely.
Just a little bit of appreciation for my beautiful Mum being a babe in London & how wonderful she is. I couldn't not share these pictures, she's so genuinely happy & exploring new places with her is so precious to me.
So happy modelling her two bags. All the heart eye emojis.
Back to covent garden..
The beauty boutiques of Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel & Burberry were so beautiful to experience. The ladies inside the Burberry one were so kind & helpful. Despite the fact I was wearing a backpack & scruffy converse. I was half expecting to be turned away.
I'd heard so much about Laduree. A beautiful macaroon store, stepping inside was something else. We didn't buy anything or even taste test. The whole store was an experience in itself.
It was such a special atmosphere walking around Covent Garden. Although the £1 required for a toilet made me cry a little bit, the street entertainers more than made up for it. I'm not an opera fan by any means, but there was a woman singing such incredible & powerful opera you couldn't help but just watch and appreciate her talent.
Our hotel was located in Hyde Park, meaning to walk back from Covent Garden we were able to walk through Oxford Circus & Piccadilly.
The whole time we were in London we didn't take one tube. We walked, everywhere. I love walking, it allows you to see so much more of a place rather than being huddled into a car or public transport.
Fellow HP fans will understand my love for Shaftsbury Avenue! So magical. I tried to spot as many HP sights as I could during my time there. I found a few little gems, made me tres happy.
Walking through Oxford Circus was quite intense. I'm used to Manchester on a busy Saturday, but this was next level. ~More on this in day 2.~
I just couldn't get over how beautiful & patriotic the whole city was. It's so celebrated, unlike anywhere else. You really feel proud to be British, being in London.
That was our entire first day really. It doesn't really look like much, but the amount of walking we did was pretty insane. We arrived at 11 and only got back to the hotel at 7 with a 30 minutes sit down. Crazy! We completely crashed in the room. Had some mouth-burning indian room service & fell asleep at 9. Wouldn't have it any other way!