“London opens to you like a novel itself…. It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, door, passsage, door. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.” – Anna Quindlen
I visited London for the first time 5 years ago, and have been pining to go back ever since. There’s just something about this city that makes me feel truly welcome and at home. I love the streets brimming with life and activity, the lush green parks, the museums full of new discoveries and all the places rich in history and culture. This trip was incredible in every possible way, full of laughter, excitement, anticipation and pure bliss and I am so thankful that I got to share this experience with my sister, her husband and my boyfriend. The huge amount of pictures that I took is beyond belief, but I love scrolling back through them and reliving those beautiful memories. In fact, there are so many pictures that I want to share with you all that I decided to split the posts into multiple entries, one for each day of the trip. I hope you enjoy them! x
Sunday March 11th
Malta International Airport >>> London Luton Airport
I spent the 3 hour-long flight reading The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and listening to the album Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons on repeat! Now, every time I listen to it I feel myself being transported back to that wonderful moment! We arrived at Luton airport at about 2 pm and went straight to our hotel in Paddington, which was an hour long trip with the taxi. The location of the hotel was perfect- only a few minutes walk from Hyde Park and Paddington station. The room we stayed in overlooked the street and every morning I loved sitting by the window, sipping a cup of tea and watching the cars and people go by.
We were in great need of a cup of coffee, so after leaving our stuff at the hotel, we found the nearest Starbucks and enjoyed a warm cup of cappuccino and a delicious pain au chocolat. We then commenced our walk around Westminster area, enjoying the evening sights of Oxford street, Piccadilly, Trafalgar square and Whitehall. Unfortunately Big Ben is currently undergoing extensive repairs so we couldn’t enjoy it’s beautiful facade and hear the tolling of the bell. But I guess that’s just another excuse to go back again!
For dinner, we found this whimsical restaurant inspired by the 1994 film Forest Grump: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co on Coventry street. The place is filled with movie memorabilia and one can actually signal the waiter with a ‘Stop Forest Stop’ sign! I had a delicious dish of pan seared fillet of salmon and shrimps with cherry tomatoes and rice.
Despite being extremely tired, we decided to take a quick trip to Kings Cross Station to visit the Harry Potter shop at Platform 9 3/4. I honestly had to restrain myself from buying the whole store! It is so beautifully decorated and definitely worth a visit, and you can actually take a picture with the trolley during store opening hours.
Have you ever visited London? I hope you enjoy the rest of the posts 🙂 x