Wednesday, September 26, 2012

All Around In London Town

Angelina and I had three full days to spend in London, and we did not waste any time. On day one alone we saw Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, and even had time to grab an ice cream and stroll through St. James Park. That night, we got dressed up and went to see the Lion King musical on the West End (amazing!) grabbed a drink with Mark at a pub and then went club hopping until 2am. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the end of it. And that's just one day!

  (Checking our map outside of Buckingham Palace)

Something I love about London is the fashion sense of its residents. That sounds stupid and superficial but it's true! Most men, young and old, walk around in tailored business suits. Women are usually in heels and blazers. Everyone just looks so clean and put together. That being said, I did find most people to be a bit rude, which is weird considering people in Britain are known for their impeccable manners. It was definitely a different atmosphere from the friendly people in Dublin and the relaxed people in Wales.

Something random that I found interesting is that in clubs, it's totally normal for a group of guys to dance with each other. In America if you found a group of dudes in a circle dancing you would think either a) Holy rainbows, is this a gay club? Or b) Dudes need to lay off the chronic.

 (One of the many lively clubbing streets at night) 

Day two we walked around the Tate Modern, saw the London and Tower bridges, stopped by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (I wanted to see a play there so bad but tickets were entirely sold out!) Afterwards, we headed over to Hyde Park to meet Mark & a couple of his friends. Together we explored Oxford & Bond Streets and indulged in the most amazing fish n' chips in the entire world. Then, I pleased my inner eight-year-old and went to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross station. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you need to do yourself a favor and read Harry Potter!

(Not our greatest photo, but you can obviously see the excitement!)

On our last day, we visited Camden & Portobello markets, both of which were great. Camden is bigger and much more lively - there's a lot of crazy shit going on everywhere you look. There's SO MUCH amazing food there as well (best Indian food of my LIFE! Freaking orgasmic.) For those of you who've been to San Francisco, it reminded me a lot of Haight Street. Portobello market is in Notting Hill, a residential area, so it was much more relaxed and charming. Afterwards, we briefly stopped by the Natural History museum so Angelina could see the dinosaurs and then spent the rest of the night trying to find the Abbey Road crosswalk, but failed epically. That's an entire story in itself!

(Mark inside Camden market)

(Angelina on Portobello Road)

Overall I really enjoyed London, but I didn't fall in love with it. It has amazing history and a great charm (and strangely, I can easily see myself living there) but it wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be. I definitely need to go back though, I'm dying to see the crown jewels and take a day trip to Stonehenge!

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