All posts filed under: London England

Tips for Travelling Through London 

Our time in London has come to and end and so I thought I might put together a bit of a concluding page of helpful tips for travelling through the city that people talk about all over the world. All in all I did not step off the place and fall in love with this place like I immediately expected, however I’ve never believed in first impressions and so of course the city did grow on my. I found that I loved the areas that were less in the business district and more so in parts of the city I found tucked away while wandering a random street. The nightlife and theatre district was always filled with energy and I’ve definitely decided the city in the evenings is something I’m a fan of. Realistically speaking, if you grew up in a city in Canada, london is going to have pretty much everything you’re used to having…probably more. It was by no means a difficult city to be a tourist in. If I were to go …

Food & Drink In London 

Food in london basically means you can eat anything that your little heart desires. I’m not kidding when I say that if you want something, you will find it, you just have to look (and generally speaking, you don’t have to look that hard) I’ve been searching out vegan and vegetarian options because that’s generally how I eat at home. But for the purposes of this trip I won’t be sticking to one specific diet. I’m looking forward to trying the different cultural dishes in each place we visit! Below are some of the things I ate (.. and drank.. duh)  throughout the week!  This vegan food joint is located on oxford street. I stumbled upon it on the way back from the tube by chance. As pictured below I had coconut chickpea curry, vegetables & hummus, and a rice mushroom stew as well as a coconut iced latte for around 12 pounds. NOT BAD! (And very delicious)  Kelsey and I enjoying our long coveted Butterbeer at Hogwarts!  High Tea- A must do if you …

Welcome to Hogwarts 

On this day I did what many have dreamed of doing since were little and burying our heads in the books or lining up outside movie theatres to see it on the big screen- I went to Hogwarts.  I really have nothing I can say to give it justice other than it.was.magical.  We saw everything that made this movies one of the favourite parts of my childhood. All I wanted was to be Hermoine Granger. HOW COOL would it be to play quidditch with your friends and study potions and spells. Every year my sister and I have a Harry Potter marathon at least twice, and I’ve read the entire series 3 times. In fact Kelsey and I downloaded all eight films to watch throughout Europe while we’re here. Okay OKAY fine, I’ll admit it… I’m watching the Philospher’s Stone as I type this.  You could say that visiting the set of Harry Potter turned me into a really big fan girl.. and that doesn’t happen very often (unless of course we’re talking about a …

Little Books & Cider 

Kelsey and my mom went to the British museum this morning, yet again more proof that my sister has a deeper appreciation and understanding of the old treasures this town holds. We see it differently, each adding our own perspective to this trip, both valid in their own ways. Then their are times that our opinions overlap in one way or the other and it’s lovely to bond and giggle our heads off (normally while my mom looks at us like we’re a little crazy.. which lets be serious we probably are). While they went off looking at mummy’s, I met my friend Kyela’s old roommate, Brooke in south Kensington for a cider. This is Brooke’s third time in the UK and so we spent some time talking about the lifestyle of the people that live here. We talked about how both of our lives are in very exciting places right now. Graduating (or nearly), deciding which country we might live our lives in, ways to advance our careers etc. Now, more than ever, we …

Camden Town 

Today we ventured out into the more northern parts of the city- the city that holds one of the most amazing markets I’ve ever visited- CAMDEN MARKET. You walk off the tube and immediately the city has a different feel than being right in the heart of london. The buildings are smaller, there’s a rougher sort of artsy feel to the shops and pubs- AND there is room to walk on the sidewalk because it is far less crowded. The buildings here are painted all different colours. It’s lovely.  The first thing I’ll say about Camden market is that you’re not just going to spend an hour there. There are so many stalls and venues and different levels that you will get lost for an hour before you even find the next area that you want to explore . Just when you think you’ve made your way through the market completely, you turn around the corner and there’s a new maze of hallways and vendors to visit. If you’re into second hand this place is …

Phantoms, churches and towers..oh my!

This morning we went to Westminster Abby and I was absolutely in awe. I stood on the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. It was a spiritual moment for me. I thanked them both thousands of times. I MEAN COME ON! DARWIN AND NEWTON! As someone who’s life it quite dedicated to science I found this fascinating. The church was not only massive but absolutely breathtaking. The audio guided tour, (provided free of charge) was quite informative and could be completed in about an hour to an hour and a half. It’s the only audio guide I found to be strictly informative without the background theatrics and commentary and so I would definitely recommend it. I do not have any pictures to share with you as this is a place of worship and so pictures are not allowed nor appropriate. I’m not always a fan of touristy places however this is definitely one stop I would recommend if you are in London.  After Westminster Abby we took the tube to London Tower. Here we …

A Westminster Sunset

Anyone who knows me knows that my favourite thing in the entire world is a sunset or a sunrise. I am completely enamoured every. single. time. I mean you’re quite literally watching the world light itself on fire every day. You are witnessing the earth wake itself up or put itself to bed each night. The Sun is Mother Nature in its purest form. Humans have no ounce of control over it and it is a constant reminder that this earth does not need us. Each time I sit in silent awe, I am once again reminded of the duty we have to this earth to give it the respect and gratitude it deserves. I have made it my goal to see the sun set and the sun rise in as many places around the world that I can.  If you are in London and do not get to see the sunset over Westminster I am telling you here that you are doing it wrong. Take the tube or walk from wherever you are staying …

I think we might be Tourists ~ Days 3 & 4 

We started off our day wondering around. Our plan had been to do a bus tour of London however this had been cancelled and so we decided we would set out on foot and explore. The past two mornings while walking down Charring Street we have passed the statue of a First World War nurse named Edith Cavell. On the statue reads ” Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.” I’m a fan of this, and I say a silent thankyou to her each time we pass.  Somehow, and don’t ask me how this happens, we stumbled upon Buckingham Palace. I’ve absolutely no sense of direction or previous knowledge of this city but I think most people plan to end up here. It’s quite mind blowing to wonder through a city and then somehow find yourself standing in front of literal royalty- and then you turn around and you’re in the middle of a tree filled park with water fowl of all sorts- and then you turn around and you’re …

Day Two – Exploring Soho 

We arrived at Heathrow airport tired but very excited. Quite honestly I thought I might marry the boarder guard because her accent was so lovely.  We made our way to Soho which is the theatre district we’re staying in and it is such an interesting district on London. As we made our way into the city they have flags hanging that read “LONDON. Everyone welcome.” I loved seeing this.  We stopped for a lunch at the pub across the way and then much of our day was spent wandering the streets of Soho before we succumbed to our exhaustion. Here’s what I liked about our first day abroad. We visited Foyles, the largest bookstore in the world in regards to shelf space. With 5 floors and endless corridors of shelves stocked with books I’d have to agree with them. I made my way to the poetry section which blew my mind. Chapter’s mere shelf of poetry will never again compare to the 13 that Foyles had. Kelsey and I have already determined we’ll be headed …