TRAVEL | A Beautiful Weekend in London

You know when life’s going well, you’re really happy at work and at home, but you’re also majorly tired and just in need of a break? Well, last weekend I had that feeling. Which is why I was so glad that I booked a weekend away in London for me and George during the Black Friday sales. Not only did we manage to get return train tickets for both of us from Leeds for £20, but I also got us a Travelodge room in Southwark, our favourite place to stay, for just over £100 for 2 nights (unheard of for a weekend in London!) I couldn’t wait to go back to one of my favourite cities to explore- let’s see what we got up to, shall we?

After catching the tube straight to Southwark to check in and drop off our bags, we walked along the South Bank (it feels almost like home in London- I always go there on every visit and I just love it). After a lunch stop at Yo Sushi, we carried on walking towards Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

We visited House of Minalima on Greek Street in Soho, which I heard about from someone (I can’t remember who, but thank you!) on Twitter and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of sooner. A whole shop and exhibition dedicated to the incredibly talented designers responsible for some of the most beautiful props and visual art of the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films?! I was in heaven. 

We walked a lot during our trip, and I loved reintroducing myself to some of my favourite sights, including Trafalgar Square and particularly the beautiful National Gallery, and of course the view of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament across the Thames. On our first evening, we visited The London Steakhouse Co. in Chelsea, and had one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. We bought an experience that included a 3-course meal there, along with a trip up The Shard, and this was a great decision. I’m going to be writing another post about where and what we ate in London, but I thought this place deserved another special mention.

Once we were safely back in Southwark, down the road from our hotel, we went for a drink at a bar just behind Southwark station in the railway arches (I can’t remember the name!). The cocktails were actually reasonably priced and really delicious, but we were both so tired that we only stayed for one!

On Saturday morning, we headed to Borough Market for the first time. It was incredibly busy already, but anywhere that sells that much food in one place is my happy place, so I didn’t care (much). George had been recommended the Kappacasein Dairy for the best cheese sandwich ever, so when we came across the little shop almost straight away he got himself one. As I can’t eat dairy at the moment (more on that in another post), we went on the hunt for the Free From Bakehouse, which sells cakes that are gluten, wheat and dairy-free. I was very pleased with my purchases- Banana & Choc Chip loaf and a Pear & Ginger muffin. Who said free-from eating had to be dull?

After a walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral, follow by a tube journey to Harrods for the quickest visit ever (12 minutes! The price tags and amount of people were depressing us), we walked through Hyde Park and past Buckingham Palace in search of Wagamama. We eventually came across one in Victoria, where we had a delicious lunch and rested our aching feet. Then it was time for a visit to The View from The Shard, so we hopped on a tube to London Bridge, then hopped in the lift up to the 63rd (I think?!) floor!

I love a good cityscape, and London is no exception- I’ve seen it from the London Eye before, but being able to see the view with the big wheel actually in it was even more special. What made it even more spectacular was that we went up at the perfect time- where we caught the last of the daylight and watched the sun set over the city too. There were also some pretty ominous rain clouds coming our way, which looked absolutely spectacular in my photos (if I do say so myself!)

That evening, after the rain had passed (and a nice nap in our hotel!) we headed to Wahaca on the South Bank (yep, the one in the multicoloured shipping containers). Ever since I first saw it a year or two ago, I wanted to go so badly, and we ended up sitting on the top floor with a stunning view over the river- bonus!

On our final morning, we headed to The Breakfast Club and (after waiting in the half-hour queue at 10am on a Sunday morning!) had a delicious breakfast with a great atmosphere and service. We then headed back to our room to pack up our things and check out, then we hauled our heavy bags and exhausted limbs onto a bus to Aldwych, where we walked to Covent Garden and sat in All Bar One for a little while, just relaxing and chatting.

Later, we walked to Kings Cross as we wanted to try out Dishoom for lunch. After we eventually found it in the pouring rain, we were told there was an hour-long wait! So we headed back through the swanky new Google development to Leon for our lunch. I enjoyed mine, but George said his chicken burger was the most disgusting he’d ever had, so his experience wasn’t quite as enjoyable!

After a long wait in the station thanks to allowing so much time for our non-existent Dishoom meal, we picked up some snacks and headed for our train home. I had a great time, but was so glad I booked the Monday off work to recover as we were shattered when we got home!

I hope you enjoyed this photo diary-style post- I did do a little bit of vlogging as well whilst we were there, hence the gaps in my photo timeline which are filled with video clips instead! I didn’t feel like filming myself much though, as I just wanted to film when it felt right and not put us out of the way, so I didn’t do any talking at all during the whole vlog. Not sure how I feel about that, but we’ll see when I come to edit it.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Emma

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