Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share this blog post and vlog with you all. It's been a long time coming, and it's finally here.
LONDON. YOU STOLE MY HEART.
London was a whirlwind and one trip that I will never forget. It's a place I always wanted to travel to, and I got to do it with my husband and two of our really good friends Joe and Maddie Greer. What a week it was. I don't even know where to start or how to describe it.
Our adventure started in NYC for fashion week, and it continued on a red-eye flight straight to London. When we landed at the Gatwick airport, sleep deprived and ready for some coffee, I knew it was going to be one special week. Cory, myself, and Maddie had never been to London, but Joe had been for a day or two before hand. So the city was going to be an exciting, new place we all got to experience together. It was the second time I had ever been to Europe, and honestly I was the hardest to leave. But let's not talk about leaving... here are so many of the memories and photos from the trip. Make sure to watch the vlog first, and/or press play and enjoy the song while you look through the photos. Every morning Maddie put on The Japanese House and I can't help but think of London whenever I listen to this song. Also.... this blog post is longer then normal. So, sorry not sorry.
We started the first day with breakfast for Joe's birthday at this AMAZING restaurant and bar called Duck & Waffle. If you're in London, make sure to make reservations and eat there. It's on the 40th floor and the view is absolutely STUNNING. And amazing food.
We stayed in Shoreditch at this cute airbnb. We were walking distance to so many amazing restaurants and coffee shops. The neighborhood is full of different boutique shops, and has a younger, hip culture. It's also less touristy which is amazing if you want to feel like a local.
I can't even tell you how many times we went to Ozone Coffee. One of the best coffee shops I've ever been to located in Shoreditch! It was a 5 min walk from our airbnb. By the third day, almost every employee knew who we were- haha. I've never consumed so much caffiene in one week...
One evening we decided to go see Big Ben. When we went, there were SO many tourists and people everywhere. Here are some images from when we went that evening.
Cory's sister and her husband live south of London and we got to spend the weekend with them. It was the perfect way to spend our trip!
The reality of being at Big Ben....
We wanted to see Big Ben before the city was awake, so we decided to go see it at sunrise. It was one of the best ways to see it, and definitely worth loosing some sleep over.
Classic elevator selfies...
OH MY GOODNESS. We went out for dinner one night, waited almost two hours to get a table... because it was worth it. Dishoom, one of the best restaurants in London. We went to the one in Shoreditch, and it's beautiful! The food is authentic Iranian food. It's unbelievably tasty, and probably the best dinner we had while in London.
We went to visit Brighton for the day, and what a charming city. I would love to go back and spend more time there, hopefully when it's a bit warmer out. It's an hour and 30 min train ride straight from London, and it's the prettiest beach town.
Maddie and I are definitely sweet tooth's, and we found this super cute bakery on Instagram called Peggy Porschen. The outside is pink, and inside is very posh with marble tables. Of course since it was the first, and maybe only time we'd be there in a long time, we ordered quite a bit of treats. And yes... we ate it all. No shame at all. It was delicious!
One of my favorite days was our last full day, when we all did a little bit of sightseeing. We spent the morning walking around Buckingham Palace, a couple parks near by, and went to Tate Modern Museum. I also squeezed in a short, 3 mile run (which was a life saver for me), and I also got to see another park near by. It was a windy, and rainy day but totally worth the exhaustion.
These two photos above were taken at the Tate Modern Museum. Such a pretty space.
London is one of those cities that is beyond magical. This was only my second time visiting Europe, and I didn't want to leave. There is something so special and unique about London, and now it will always have such a special place in my heart. I can't wait until time we get to go- maybe next fall for fashion week? :)
My heart is full, and writing this blog post makes me miss the city and cherish every moment spent there. I don't think I've fallen in love with a city like this before, and I can't wait to explore Europe again.
Thank you for taking the time to see the photos, watch the vlog, and read this (if you had the patience or time). I can't wait to share our next adventure with you all!