Thursday, August 27, 2015

London Travel Diary - Day One

Welcome to London! We've said goodbye to the Germany travel diaries and we're now entering London! I feel like London is one place out of America that I definitely would enjoy living in. In a city like that, you'll never get bored! There are all kinds of entertainment and interesting restaurants to try out. Not to mention, the abundance of afternoon tea places. 


The first thing on the itinerary was the Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards, which happens every odd day at 11am. We definitely overestimated our walking speed, because we originally planned to walk to there and get there in time for the changing of the guards, but we ended up having to take a taxi in order for us to arrive on time. The London taxi has the typical black exterior and unique shape, equipped with the seats facing both ways. This was interesting and somehow they're a icon, just like the New York taxi.
As we arrived, we braced ourselves as we ventured into the sea of tourists swarming around Buckingham Palace. There were hundreds of tourists, maybe even more, at every corner, pushed close together like a can of sardines. 

Buckingham Palace

London, England

Buckingham Palace

Selfie sticks were everywhere and people were rushing to try and get a decent picture, which was extremely difficult with all the people pushing their way through. This was probably a likely place to get pickpocketed, but luckily I made it out alive.

Buckingham Palace


I'd say that the changing of the guards was actually uneventful. They played a few songs and marched by in the red, gold, and black uniforms. It was difficult to see anything in the crowd, but as people dispersed, I eventually found myself in the front of the crowd, finally able to see something. 



Once the changing of the guard was over, we continued on our way to Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, where you could see the river and the London Eye, which we did not ride. I realized for the first time that Big Ben and Westminster Abbey were connected-- guess I didn't know as much as I thought about London. 


London, England

Westminster Abbey

London, England

Following some snaps at Westminster Abbey, we proceeded to Trafalgar Square. In Trafalgar Square, we walked by the National Gallery, the fountain, and even stopped for a quick bite and some coffee. We made our way to the West End eventually and picked up some last minute tickets to the Phantom of the Opera for the next night. 

Trafalgar Square


By then, it was mid afternoon and we had reservations for afternoon tea, so we made our way to Piccadilly Circus for some more sightseeing as we made our way to the Wolseley. Instead of gushing about my afternoon tea experience on this post, I decided to put up a separate post about it, which will be up tomorrow. I've added one of the many pictures that I took there, just for the sake of today's travel diary.


Once we were full on pastries, we headed to Covent Garden, where we found shopping and food. We got some souvenirs and enjoyed the live music-- there was lots around the area. There was a great group of performers that played wonderfully, all while dancing, which I could never pull off, that is a new level of multitasking that I will never be capable of!  



After that, we made our way to Harrods, which is incredibly well known. It's so extravagant with the rooms and decor. While we were there, my camera battery unfortunately died (a blogger's worst nightmare!) so I had to rely on another camera, which is not as nice as the other one, but still gets the job done. While we were there, we saw the meat department, which sounds outrageous but is actually way more interesting than it seems. In the food hall there were also assorted chocolates and teas. I was so stunned to find all kinds of products in the store, there was a huge variety of things from Prada bags to beluga caviar to ever some Salvador Dali sculptures!


I ended up buying a keychain with a little bear dressed as the royal guard and also a tea for one set by Cath Kidston. By then, it was late a getting rainy (typical London weather) and we headed back to the hotel via London Underground and called it a day.

What I'm Wearing
Dress: Forever 21 (Old) // Bag: Longchamp // Sandals: ASOS (Similar)

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