It’s no secret to those around me that I absolutely adore London – it’s got the best food, fashion and history, what’s not to love.
At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to enjoy London life as a Londoner (well, for two weeks) with my mum whilst we visited my gorgeous sister, who made the move to London almost five months ago.
Staying in gorgeous Onslow Gardens in South Kensington, I had the most wonderful time exploring some of London’s incredible sights and checking out the many celebrity hot spots.
We started the trip with a jet-lagged wander around Covent Garden and iconic Trafalgar Square – we were even lucky enough to witness the Queen laying a wreath at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday.
We well and truly conquered all of the must-do shopping spots in London – Harrods, Selfridges, Soho and Oxford Circus – the bank account is not looking too crash-hot I must say! And we ate some of the most divine food – my stomach is growling just thinking about it.
I visited London in 2012 and unfortunately didn’t get to see Notting Hill but it was on the top of my to-do list this time and it didn’t disappoint. The pastel houses were what dreams are made of. My mum loves to bake, so we made a pit stop at the Biscuiteers – this is a must for all, who doesn’t love themed biscuits!? Check out their incredible designs here.
My mum grew up in Bristol, so we hired a car and embarked on a road trip to visit her old house and school. We stopped at Oxford on the way and got to see the incredible University of Oxford (think Stephen Hawking, David Cameron, Oscar Wilde and Margaret Thatcher) – I couldn’t resist the opportunity to snag one of the iconic sweatshirts.
On the way back, we stopped in at Kate Middleton’s hometown of Berkshire and saw her childhood home as well as the gorgeous mansion her parents now reside in. For anyone who knows me, knows that I would’ve been beside myself with excitement – so, my love affair with the Duchess continues!
Life in London is exciting and constantly changing, and the people are just lovely. The tragedy that struck Paris was just devastating, but it was incredible to see London come together as a community and a united front for those affected. Tower Bridge and the London Eye were lit up in the colours of the French flag and you could honestly feel the incredible community spirit eminating from the major tourist attractions.
But we before we left for our three week jaunt around Europe, we went ice-skating at gorgeous Somerset House before visiting Harry Potter World – hello Butter Beer! It was the perfect end to an incredible trip.
I absolutely adore London and would move here in a heartbeat, two weeks just isn’t long enough. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’m back again.