When it comes to travel, London never ceases to amaze me. Always been on my bucket list, I whisked away to this city on February 12th, 2018 for London Fashion Week. My 11 day trip to this dream city made me believe in all its stories I’ve ever heard. This city has an old charm of its own, that anyone who comes here, wants to stay here forever.
My blogger bestie, Malvika and I, stayed at The Royal Horseguards Hotel. Nestled in Central London, the great London eye enshrouds the hotel. With magnificent Victorian interiors, this hotel brings you the essence of British royalty under one roof.
I started off with a super scrumptious breakfast with Malvika. And after that, it was time for the marquee attraction in London, Madame Tussauds. Super fun and up close with all my dream stars, Madame Tussauds left me mesmerised.
I kept the rest of the day for exploring all the tourist attractions. We did quick sight -seeing in and around the city. All this while, I learnt so much about London and I couldn’t help but admit that every corner of the city was so captivating and beautiful, that I could easily ignore the freezing temperature in London. The hop on – hop off bus gave us the picturesque view of the city throughout, even before we reached any spot of tourist interest. My shopping spree started from Primark at Oxford street. Primark had a tempting exhibit of clothes that resulted in me shelling out an obscene amount of money on shopping. So, I decided to leave Primark only to go back there the very next day! You can see what all I shopped from London here.
Next day we went to London Eye, The London Eye offers a panoramic view of my city of dreams that can’t get better. Heading back to our hotel, we were excited for the event, yes, London Fashion Week. If I had to narrow it down to one word, I would say that my experience was underwhelming. Let’s save this story for later. To fix my mood, we went to the famous Café De Paris at night with the rest of the crew.
Our next stop was the tourist hotspot, London Tower Bridge. Poised majestically over River Thames, this place offers an incredible view of the city. Due to the unpredictable weather in London, the rains added to the freezing temperature in London. But this didn’t make any of it less amazing for me. I bought a hot chocolate for myself & also got me some warm caramelized peanuts and enjoyed the amazing view of the city. For the evening, we had booked our tickets for a musical show called WICKED.
Next day, I took a stroll at the popular colourful street, Portobello Road. Bright and alive, it contrasted the gloomy weather in London. Amidst everything, I bought an ice cream filled with raspberries, lemon, cookie and crunch, but the appealing part of all of this, was the cone, right about perfect, for a fancy upload on my gram. My everyday go to food used to be Nutella and strawberry crepes, they make one of the best crepes in London.
The exciting and my most favourite part of the trip was the limousine party. Popping the champagne in the limousine and merging into a totally Hollywood style of party, I think this was one of my unforgettable nights in London.
Next day, was an easy day. Malvika and I, shopped from Victoria’s Secret at Bond Street. Before Malvika left for home, we quickly grabbed our lunch, we had pasta and lots of garlic bread. Post that I also wrapped up my stuff to get ready for my Liverpool and Manchester trip!
Super excited, before stepping out of London, I went to Peggy Porschen Cakes, as it was on my to-do list since forever! I got a coffee and a slice of the most delicious cake I ever had for myself. Totally gram worthy, this pink themed café that surprisingly coordinated with my blush pink jacket.
After clicking a couple of pictures, I left for Liverpool and Manchester joined by Parul and Dixika. We boarded the bus struggling through the windy and gloomy weather of London. We booked an Airbnb at Liverpool and the rest was pretty easy to figure out as it’s a very small city. With attractions littered throughout the city, Liverpool is a treat for rock and art lovers. We went to the picturesque Albert Dock but had to head back because of the nip in the air after every hour.
Next morning, we reached Manchester by train. Honestly, the trains are so well connected in UK & Europe that you will inevitably fall back on the them for traveling hassle free. We booked an Ibis room for ourselves in Manchester. Cosy corners, the room only got me incoming thoughts of snuggling under the blanket for the rest of the day as we were towards the end of the trip and I was exhausted by then. To our surprise, we found an Indian restaurant which was owned by Asha Bhosle. If you are ever at Manchester, I will recommend you not to skip this one. After a sumptuous meal, we took a hop on hop off bus for the city tour, which I would recommend you to skip. The day ended with a couple of pictures and lots of burritos.
Throughout my trip, the weather was overwhelmingly cold and crisp. You’ll mostly see me in 3-4 layers of clothing, yet freezing. My personal choice to visit London is during summers. Though, Christmas is magical in London coupled with snowfall, but again it’s very cold. So, you might have a difficulty in choosing the experience you want to take back from London. London is very easy to get around because the public transport is brilliantly connected. I would love to visit here again and again.
Love & Hugs,