March 10th • Posted in Travel
As I said in my last two posts I was in London last week with my boyfriend; London is the place where I always dreamed to be and I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to be there even only for five days and enjoy the beautiful weather of that first week of March with spring just sprung. Before our trip, I have a bunch of questions on places to visit while we were there, and where to eat or what to do, and I thought it could be nice to start my Travel Diary sharing with you my experience in London hoping you can enjoy some of my photos and maybe also be inspired from some of them.
We visited the British Museum one of the first days we were there and the thing that really leave me with an open mouth was the free museum entry, which here in Italy is just something unthinkable. It was really nice to be free to choose which part of the museum we wanted to see in that moment and leave whenever we wanted. Next we went into the Natural History Museum, where we got so excited for dinosaurs, birds and other animals, but we seriously visited it all! I also really enjoyed the lovely walks around the city just to explore it as well as we could, morning and night, along the Thames or near some bright Daffodils (which are always been one of my favorite flowers).
Being such a beauty lover it comes with no surprise that one of the first things to be ticked off from my to-do list was beauty shopping. I couldn’t resist in exploring John Lewis, Liberty, Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and from some of them I also bought a few things from my London Beauty Wishlist. I expecially loved how beautifully arranged Liberty was, it was just so exciting seeing every most famous beauty brand in just one place. I couldn’t visit SpaceNK as well, but I got the opportunity to see it from the outside and I can only imagine what a beauty paradise it can be. I saw Illamasqua, Origins, Korres and Bobbi Brown in real life for the first time! But my primary source of beauty bits was definitely Boots, where I made the majority of my beauty shopping, picking up some of the most famous products I never had the occasion to try before. I also loved the little shabby chic souvenir boutique called Sass & Belle in Covent Garden, where you can definitely find the perfect gift or souvenir to bring home with you – I couldn’t resist in front of the ‘Tea Makes Everything Better’ mug. H&M Home, finally, has the cutest decor bits at the most affordable price, and I wonder why we don’t have it in Italy.
Food-wise I was a bit afraid not to find something good a vegetarian could eat, but there’re actually a tun of places where to eat some delicious veggie bits. I can’t suggest Pret-a-Manger and their freshly prepared baguettes and tosties or freshly backed cheese and tomato croissant enough, but we also ate a lot of Tesco’s sandwiches and we also treated ourselves to a good old fish and chips from Poppies in Spitalfields (which was amazing; you can eighter eat in or take away too!). Ben’s Cookies is a classic, but their cookies are seriously the best, maybe a little pricy, but they are definitely worth every penny: I especially loved the Double Chocolate Chunk, Triple Chocolate Chunk and the Double Chocolate & Nuts.
The best part of our trip to me was visiting London’s beautiful parks and gardens; Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and St. James Park were all so nice and beautiful, I especially enjoyed taking pictures of the swans, but the one that stole my heart was certainly Regent’s Park with all the flowers and the graphic hedges and fontains. We saw squirrels there, which I was so happy about since we couldn’t see them anywhere else. Covent Garden was the nicest place to me, very turistic but cozy, such a nice place where to spend a good old afternoon; it has the most beautiful shops and little boutiques to visit, and a tun of places where to eat delicious food.
We had just a few days to visit London, but I’m very satisfied of how we managed to set our time. Of course we saw just a little bit of London, but we both are in love with the city and already hope to see it again very soon. Everything there is so different from Italy, I loved how organized it is and how easy is to be in every place you want at any time of the day. I hope you enjoyed my pictures and that you found this post interesting!