Hey guys! This week has been really exciting because I returned to London after a few years!! This particular trip was to celebrate my Dad’s 50th birthday – click here to read about part 1 of our celebrations. We stayed in Earls Court for a few days and in that time, we shopped, watched the musical ‘Wicked’ and witnessed the beauty of London from the top of the Shard. I’m incredibly grateful that I travelled up to London and stayed there for a few days and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single moment. I was so sad to leave because I utterly love London! So in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my travels in London with you all.
MONDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Travelling down to London turned out to be pretty stressful. We journeyed down on Hull Trains but there has been some disturbances in their timetable recently so our train was cancelled. We ended up on a Northern Train down to Doncaster and then after an hour long wait at Doncaster, we continued our journey on an LNER train to London. Our arrival at London was an hour and a half later than expected which completely destroyed our plans to go shopping all afternoon. I can’t really extol Hull Trains after the stress filled journey down to London. I’m grateful though that we actually reached London in the end with only an hour and a half delay thanks to the alternative train routes that we could take.
After we’d arrived in London and dropped off our bags at our room at our hotel in Earl’s Court we spent the remainder of the afternoon shopping down Oxford street. I fully exploited the chance to visit some shops that we don’t have in Hull such as Forever 21 and the various make up brands in Selfridges. My only purchase was a gorgeous burnt brown-orange jumper from Forever 21 due to our shortage of time. We finished off our day with tea at Prezzo where I ate a delicious meal of Spaghetti Carbonara.
TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Tuesday was pretty busy! You can sleep when it’s all over, right? We started off our day at the Victoria and Albert Museum which had a myriad of different sections on different topics. It’s main focus was to educate on a variety of different cultures, time periods in history and material work as well as fashion from the 19th and 20th centuries to nowadays in Britain.
The first exhibit we wandered around was the fashion from 19th, 20th and 21st century Britain. It was interesting to observe how fashions have changed and evolved but even now, we still draw inspiration from different time periods for our own clothes. The 1800s hosted more formal clothes with posh suits and dresses being very stylish whereas in the 2000s, we are known to wear much more casual clothes such as jeans and tops.
After that, we meandered around some of the other sections of the museum, viewing the exhibits on South Asia, Islamic Middle East, China, Japan, Buddhism, Medieval and renaissance, Korea, Sculpture and Britain 1760 to 1900. It was intriguing to learn about all the different sections and I particularly enjoyed the beautiful art work and architecture of the medieval and renaissance. Although we didn’t view every section in the museum, we really enjoyed wandering around the sections we were lucky enough to see and it was very educational.
We stopped for a quick lunch at Pret A Manger, my all time favourite cafe chain where I ate a pesto butternut squash and roasted tomato flatbread and a hazelnut praline cookie. Next, we travelled to Covent Garden and walked around there for a couple of hours. It’s become a tradition for us to visit Covent Garden every time we’re in London. We strolled through the various different market stalls located in different parts of Covent Garden and listened to an incredible string group play several well known songs.
We ate tea at Zizzi where we shared a pepperoni, ham and mushroom pizza and a chicken pizza. After that, we journeyed up to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to see the musical ‘Wicked’! The storyline acted as an accompanying tale to the Wizard of Oz which imagined the lives of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba and the Good Witch of the East, Glinda before Dorothy appeared. It was so clever how all the little details in the plot linked together. This adaption painted Elphaba in a much more relatable way than the Wizard of Oz does and it explained some of her more questionable actions in that story. I actually preferred the character of Elphaba to the character of Glinda who I thought was condescending at times and strived for perfection and popularity no matter what. Whereas Elphaba stayed true to herself and her morals throughout and showed great bravery and passion. The characters in the production were Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, Boq, Nessarose, the mother and father of Elphaba, the Wizard of Oz, Madame Morrible and Doctor Dillamond. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I’d love to see it all over again!!
WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Wednesday was our last day! We started off the day by travelling up the Shard, a 68 floor glass skyscraper, to witness the views of London from up there and my goodness the views were breathtaking. We spotted several of the famous landmarks from up there such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, the River Thames, Tower of London, Big Ben, Wembley Stadium and Buckingham Palace. Everything seemed miniscule and it was interesting to view how London was mapped out from a birds eye perspective. The views were absolutely stunning and we captured some amazing photos from the Shard.
After that, on the way back to Earl’s Court, we stopped off at Westminster for a spot of sight seeing. To my complete disappointment, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament were concealed behind a lot of scaffolding so I tried my best to capture the most flattering photos of them possible. The London Eye was still totally stunning though and we wandered along Westminster Bridge to snap pictures of these 3 landmarks.
After a quick Nando’s lunch where I enjoyed a chicken and cheese burger with chips, we headed back to London Kings Cross station and were soon travelling back to Hull. Our train back to Hull was terminating at Doncaster so we were forced to take that train back to Doncaster and then swap onto a Northern Train back to Hull. Again, I was thankful for alternative routes to return to Hull although it would’ve been more ideal if the train had terminated at Hull like it was originally supposed to.
I had an absolutely incredible time in London and like always, I can’t wait to return!!
Thank you for reading this post! Have you ever visited London? Let me know in the comments section! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull