London Calling… again.
Monday the 28th of January Fiona and myself embarked on a trip to London. I’ve always loved London as there is always so much to do an see. London is the perfect place to celebrate someone’s birthday. In this case, it was Fiona’s. 3 day trip to London seemed the perfect little getaway.
Henry The 8th Hotel
Finding an absolute steal on booking.com we found a hotel for 2 nights and breakfast included for £60 each. The hotel we stayed at was in Hyde Park. A perfect central location to get to places with there being so many different tube stations near the hotel. Taken from Henry The 8th hotel’s website “The impressive Victorian façade from the 19th century, the Tudor-style décor and the indoor swimming pool makes this hotel a unique accommodation in the heart of London, within walking distance from two Underground stations. The Hotel Henry VIII stands out for its attentive service and its excellent location, being close to the main attractions of this exclusive area: Portobello market, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, Lady Di’s former place of residence, are near at hand”
Furthermore, the hotel was very in theme with the name. Each floor was dedicated to one of the wives of Henry the 8th. Fiona and I were staying on the Jane Seymour floor. Our room was very in keeping with the theme of the hotel. The part of the hotel that I liked the most was the heated swimming pool which was down on the lower ground of the hotel. It was a lovely addition to the hotel, which was used. The breakfast had a very good spread on in the morning too.
Our first day was mainly a travel day and so we didn’t really get up to much. However, we managed to take some outfit shots for my collaboration with Boohoo Man. We went out for a meal in the evening and called an early night for our main adventure day on Tuesday.
On Tuesday the 29th of January, Fiona and I embarked on such an adventure. It took us to most of the attractions in London. Boy, did we feel it afterwards? Walking around London you don’t realise just how much you’re walking till you look at your steps app on your phone and realise you’ve walked 35,000 steps which are the equivalent on 16 miles.
Our first trip entailed the Sky Garden. This is my 3rd time in Visiting the Sky Garden. I just can’t get enough of how beautiful the aesthetics are in this stunning building. Free to the public, but you have to book tickets for your time slot. This was Fiona’s first time in visiting The Sky Garden. She was immensely impressed with the view and just how much of London you could actually see. It was amazing that it was a clear day with beautiful blue skies and sunshine. While there you get an hour time slot in which you walk around the beautiful tropical garden. You can also stop off at one of the bars or restaurants that they have to offer there. I would highly recommend going to visit the Sky Garden if you haven’t been before.
After the Sky garden, we mainly went to tourist destinations around London. To get the full experience of being a tourist of London. As I said, we mainly avoided going on the tube because we wanted to make sure we saw London at it’s finest. Our first call was St Paul’s Cathedral which then took us on the route over the Millennium bridge which leads you to the Tate Museum. A quick visit to the Tate museum and we are off to our next point of call. The London Eye. One of the famous landmarks in London. We didn’t go on the London Eye this time as it was super busy. But that didn’t stop me to take photos of this iconic landmark and it’s surrounding areas. Stopping off at one of the fanciest McDonald’s I’ve ever seen!
Next on the list was Westminster, Unbeknown to us there was a protest outside Westminster Parliament due to Brexit. We found ourselves in the middle of a very loud crowd of people. Shouting with huge banners.
Once we waded through the crowd we took a detour to the Household Cavalry. Somewhere I’ve not visited before. Fiona had been so she wanted to show me how beautiful it was. Seeing the guards with their horses was something that was so impressive compared to anything I had seen in London so far. I really enjoyed going there.
Good Afternoon Queenie
Buckingham Palace. It’s a must to visit. Who doesn’t want to visit one of the most famous buildings in London? Set prominent in the city of Westminster its architecture stands tall. The original building dating back to 1703 this impressive beauty is the centre of British patriotism. Who can turn down a photo with one of the hottest cribs in London?
From there we decided it was the time for some retail therapy. Hitting one of the busiest streets in the UK. Oxford Street. Known for its flagship stores of fashion and beauty brands. There’s nothing more I love than wandering the huge and bright lit shops. Going shopping there is more of an experience as there is so much to see. Once you’ve walked the whole street your legs may start to buckle from underneath you. This was where Fiona and I started to flag.
With that thought, we thought it would be a good idea for a pit stop. But this was just any pit stop. This was a Saint Aymes pit stop. Nestled in Connaught St the beautiful Instagramble cafe is one of the most beautiful cafe’s I’ve ever visited. Outside you’re greeted with a beautiful flower arrangement cascading down from the window right down to their outdoor seating.
Going inside we were greeted so warmly by two ladies. They promptly sat us down right next to a beautiful flower wall with cascading lights. The smell of baked goods filled the room. I was torn what to have. Everything sounded so good. In the end, I decided to choose The Pink Latte and a Unicorn biscuit.
I mean who doesn’t want a pink latte and a unicorn biscuit after a long trip around London? Fiona had the 24kt gold MIlkshake and 24kt Gold Ice Cream which looked delicious.
After our sweet treats, it was time to return to the hotel to glam ourselves up to go out for the evening for Fiona’s Birthday celebrations. Fiona wanted to dine in Selfridges’ bar ” The Corner”. It was a lovely evening surrounded by finery. Somewhere I wouldn’t normally think to go but we had some bubbly and a lovely time.
Wednesday was Fiona’s actual birthday. We checked out of the hotel early to go make sure we made enough of our remaining day. We stopped off for a birthday breakfast and then headed to Covent Garden.
Fiona had never heard of Covent Garden so I wanted to show her just how beautiful it was. After posing with the floral benches that are on show here at the moment, we headed to our next stop. Trafalgar Square. Again, this isn’t somewhere Fiona had been so I wanted to showcase just how beautiful some of the places she’s never been too before. From here it was time to say our goodbyes to London. Which was a shame because I wanted to take Fiona to Camden, as she really wanted to go here. But alas, time ran away with us.
I’m such a lover of London. Every time I go I always find places that I’ve never been before and that’s something that makes it so exciting every time I go. We are hoping to go back down in the summer to watch a show and actually be able to stay out longer because it’s light and warm. I took so many photographs of London and I’m so happy with the way a lot of them came out. I only used my phone even though I purchased an SD card for my camera. But if I do go in the summer I think I most certainly will use my camera to get so many more shots.