3.8.16

Afternoon in London - London Part I

(Millennium bridge with St. Paul's cathedral in background)
After our quick stop in Amsterdam we flew to London to visit my best friend and spend some time exploring the city. Our flight landed in Luton airport late Saturday morning and by lunch time we were at my best friend’s apartment in London. E and I hadn’t seen each other in four years and when I was­­ planning a trip to Europe I made sure to have her on my top list of people to see. We have been best friends for over eleven years now and thanks to technology and social media we talk almost every day and stay connected. Every time we reunite it feels like we just saw each other only a few days ago, and we simply pick up where we left off, even if it’s been a few years.


This was my second trip to London, the last one was in 2005 with my family and E had joined us for a day of sightseeing too. I could hardly wait to see how the city has changed and spend time with two of my favorite people =o)


(Borough Market)
R and I only had two days in London so we wanted to see as much as possible. After catching up and refreshing from traveling, we headed out in the early afternoon with E as our tour guide. It’s always a plus when you are in a new city with a local because they know where to go and what to see and how to get around without you having to stress.

E lives in Bermondsey, a neighborhood just south of the tower bridge and a short walk to busy Southwark. Southwark is a district that is a part of the London Borough of Southwark and forms one of the oldest parts of London. Today you can also find one of the newest parts of London, the Shard, a 95 story skyscraper and the tallest building in Europe. A few blocks away from the Shard we walked to Borough Market, a fantastic marketplace with the best fruit smoothies! 

(Fresh bread at Borough Market)
(Cheese stall at Borough Market)
(Walking past Shakespeare's Globe Theater)
As we sipped on our smoothies we walked along the river Thames, past Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and towards Millennium Bridge. As we neared the bridge dark clouds started to form and we knew we only had some time before it started to rain, but the skies did make for really dramatic photos. One of my favorite things about walking through European cities is seeing old and new architecture synchronizing on every corner and street. 

(View from Millennium Bridge towards The Shard, Southwark and Tower Bridge; photo credit:R)
Across Millennium Bridge is St. Paul’s Cathedral, we walked around and peaked inside to see the dome but didn’t stay for the tour. Construction on the Anglican cathedral began in 1675 and was completed by 1708. It sits on the highest point of the City of London and is an incredible structure surround by modern offices and residences. As we continued our walk towards Covent Gardens it began to thunder so we decided to stop somewhere for drinks and wait out the rain.

I have heard so many great things about Ladurée and read about the bakery on several blogs. When I saw there was one in Covent Gardens I insisted we go grab drinks inside. I was not disappointed, the drinks were great and I took home a macaroon that I ate within two minutes. I hope they open one soon in Chicago =o)

(Millennium Bridge looking North - see dramatic clouds rolling in)
(St. Paul's Cathedral, surrounded by new residences and buildings)

(Left: Cute sign in front of coffee shop; Right: Planes flew over us on our way to Covent Gardens, patriotic colors of England - we did happen to arrive just a day after Brexit)

(Covent Gardens - Chanel store)
(Inside Covent Gardens)
(Finally!)
(So many choices)
(Salted Caramel Macaroon from Laduree)
We took the tube back towards Tower Bridge, watched a few of the boats pass under the bridge and walked around city hall. After walking all afternoon we found a nearby pub, The Garrison Public House to have dinner at. The atmosphere was lively as we chatted and ate our meal but I must say, the highlight was the dessert. Apple pie crumbled into a bowl with creamy sauce poured over, it was heaven. 

(Tower Bridge with City Hall on the right)
(The most delicious dessert)
One of the top things on our list to see in London was the Shard and go up to view all of London. We decided to skip the viewing deck and instead see the city at night with drinks at Oblix, the bar on the 32nd floor. What a great way to end our first day in London, sipping on cocktails with the city of London glowing below.

(View from Oblix towards Tower Bridge)
(View towards London eye and west London - photos taken on my phone, not the best quality)

x the Adventurer













52 comments:

  1. Love London and these photos definitely captures the city so lovely! And it's always so delicious to go to the Borough market! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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    1. Thank you I am glad you think so =o) Borough market was a gem to find! Part II is up on my blog too =o)

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  2. Great pictures!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  3. Love the photos, Katerina! Looks like you had a wonderful time :)

    Fariha | blog.farihawajid.com

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    1. Thanks fariha! It was such a great part of the trip =o) And part II is up now =o)

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  4. Amazing pictures! I love London, every time I go there I have lots of fun shopping and exploring :D

    Mia | my-world-vibes.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish I had gone shopping! Thank you for the sweet comment and if you'd like part II of london is up on my blog now =o)

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  5. Love the pictures! London is one of the places I really wanted to visit. By the way, I love the logo you have there and I have been meaning to ask, where did you get the font?

    love from grace ♥ imaqination

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    1. Thank you =o) You have to visit London, it's such a beautiful city.

      The font came with my template but it's also the manhattan font which you can download from https://beautifuldawndesigns.net/font-series-06-10-lovely-fonts/

      Hope this helps =o)

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  6. Beautiful photos! Certainly making me nostalgic for London. I loved the Borough Market as well!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment =o) If you want to read more about London I posted part II on my blog =o)

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  7. That dessert looks so delicious ! What was it?

    You got to see a lot of London for being there for a short amount of time.
    I've been once but would love to go back again - so much to see & do !!

    xx

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    1. It was an apple crumb pie with an amazing sauce =o)
      This was only just the first afternoon =o) Post II is up about the day we spent walking around =o)

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  8. How exciting you made time to fly over and visit your best friend - I can imagine how happy the reunion must have been! I love how you've mentioned the juxtaposition of new and old architecture over Europe, I feel the same way, it really is beautiful :)

    ps. salted caramel macaron?! I had no idea Laduree did that!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. It was such a memorable trip =o) And yes, Europe is just so beautiful!

      You have no idea how many macaron choices there were! I would have taken them all! =o)


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  9. love your photos, i love london so much! i'm taking a trip back in october and i'm so excited :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Your trip will be amazing! How exciting that you are going to go back =o) I have a second post up of my trip up =o)

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    1. Thank you! I 'm so happy you think so =o)

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  11. Great photos!! I need to visit London more. I love Covent Garden :)xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Covent Garden was so fun to explore =o) Thank you for the sweet comment! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  12. Great photos!!!!

    Johanna ❤
    http://www.dreamscolorsandglitter.blogspot.com

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  13. Stunning pictures and ideas on what to see, I need to take notes for my trip in fall. It's lovely that you could fly to visit your friend.

    xo
    www.carinavardie.com

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    1. Thank you! Seeing my best friend made the trip even more special =o) I posted the second part of my london trip if you'd like to get more ideas on what to do when you go =o)

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  14. I've never been to London before, but I want to visit so badly! The desserts look so delicious :D It's so nice that you got to visit your friend and that they were able to show you around! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. You have to visit! Staying with my best friend made the trip all that more special and now we have so many memories from the trip =o) Thanks for leaving a comment, part II of london is up now to read =o)

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  15. Don't you just hate when you have so many places you want to see but little or no time to see them all, reminds me of my stay in Paris. Sounds like you both had a great time in London. Great pictures.

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    1. It's always so hard to squeeze everything in =o) Can't wait to hear about your time in Paris =o) Also part II of London is up if you would like to read more about London =o)

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm so happy you think so =o)

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  17. Amazing pictures, I'd love to go to London one day :)

    La Luna Vita

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get a chance to visit, London is an incredible city =o)

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  18. Loved reading this! Please check out my Barcelona style book (and all things mermaid)

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love

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  19. Wow you did so much in just two days! I live fairly close to London so I go there quite a lot, but reading posts like this from an outsider/tourist perspective is so enlightening. It makes me realise how much of London I take for granted and I should definitely try to appreciate and experience places like The Shard and the market stalls while I'm here and have the opportunity. Lovely post and photography x

    |Georgia Megan|

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    1. This was just an afternoon =o) The second day is up now on my blog, hope you get a chance to check it out too!
      I know how you feel, I think of the same way when I read posts about Chicago. I see the most of the city when I have friends or family visiting and I see all of the touristy spots =o)

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  20. Lovely photos, it looks like you had the chance to see so much while there! I love London, it's one of my favourite cities and these photos make me want to go back so badly! Your photography is amazing!

    My Lovelier Days

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like my photography =o) I've been hoping to improve more =o) Also if you'd like to read more about London, part II of my trip is up on my blog =o)

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  21. I'm going to be moving to the UK in just a month for studies and honestly, I'm terrified but really excited. I've never been to the UK or London so I'm excited to see what I get to do. It's just like an adventure!

    xx   B A S H   |   go   say     H E Y   B A S H

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    1. You will have the best time! London is such an incredible city with so much to see =o) I wish I had spent more time there. Good luck with your studies, can't wait to see what you think of it on your blog =o)

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  22. I always love in London a little bit more every time I visit it. What was that dessert? x

    Have a nice week,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

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    1. London is the city to keep falling in love with =o) The dessert was an apple crumb pie with this cream sauce, no idea exactly what but so good! =o)

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  23. I went to London 13 years ago and I liked it,except for the weather....I think is a cosmopolitan and interesting city...I particularly remember the tube, taxis, Harrods and Buckingham Palace!!!Kisses
    Sophia
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    1. Yeah we did have a few rain clouds but it ended up being a great trip =o) London is has changed so much, I hope you get a chance to visit again =o)

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  24. I am 6502mi far from London, and i cant wait to be there for my adventures.It always a fabulous city as what media taught me,and see your blog make me really excited about it.

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit, it's such a beautiful city and has so much to see =o)

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  25. 2 days in London seems like a lot to do! Love your photos!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    1. Thank you! This was just the first day, second day post is up now on my blog =o)

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  26. I've never been to London but it seems like so much fun! My husband went right before we started dating and he really enjoyed his experience. Looks like you are too!

    Lisa Favre
    marblecrumbs.com

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    1. I hope you and your husband get to visit together =o) it's such an incredible city to explore =o)

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x the Adventurer