Even though I only spent a short 9 days with you, I cannot tell you how much I miss you already and how excited I am to see you next time.
One of the first things I noticed was how chic Londoners dressed. The London uniform is usually a neutral palette with a pop of color. For example, this girl on the Tube was wearing black tee, black jeans, black combat boots, a forest green windbreaker, and a black tote with forest green accents. I was screaming in my head, “SHE IS CHIC AS SHIT!” And then there’s me, trying to wear all the colors of the rainbow on any given day.
Unlike America where people in corporate usually dress in black, corporate people in London usually dress in navy blue. There were some good looking men in navy blue suits, so I’m not complaining.
This letter can’t be all love, so let’s talk about the weather. How… why… sigh. It’s very likely to experience multiple weather conditions in a day, from breezy beautiful Covergirl status to rain, from needing-a-jacket-cause-it’s-cold to help-get-this-jacket-off-it’s-hot. Mother Nature, I just want to ask you kindly to tone it down a bit please!
Some of my favorite London things:
FOOD & DRINKS
I didn’t go to any fancy dining and mainly stuck with food at markets, and I don’t think it is necessary in order to experience the deliciousness London had to offer:
Edu (Flat Iron Square) – who are these people and how do they make their baos so delicious?! The pork belly bao (L) was so fatty and delicious, and was a good complement to the fluffiness of the bao. The octopus bao (R) was so crispy, so fresh! I’m salivating right now.
Scotchtails (Borough Market) – I was reluctant to try this because a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg, wrapped in meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and baked or deep-fried. Deep-fried food doesn’t really turn me on. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The meat was perfectly spiced, which made the whole thing more delicious.
Kolkati (Camden Market) – I’ve never had a kati roll before, and it was everything I wanted. The roll dipped in egg, the masala chicken… I feel like all the restaurateurs of London understand the perfect balance of spices and textures. LOVE IT!
The Gentlemen Barista (Southwark) – Their matcha latte is bomb. Enough said.
I enjoyed London markets, in particular Borough Market, Camden Market, and Spitalfields Market – so much food, so much shopping… what else can a simple girl ask for?
Favorite museum I’ve been to in my life so far has to be the Wellcome Collection. It’s free and for people who are interested in figuring out what it means to be human. I didn’t get to see all the exhibits while I was there because I was having a major allergy attack and just wanted to go home.
It was a different feeling, being able to escape the city without leaving the city by ducking into one of London’s many parks. My favorites were Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, and Holland Park. I would explore every building in those parks that’s available to the public because you never know what beauty you will find.
Angel Comedy offers free comedy shows, so I went with Britt and Cian on a Friday night. It was an Angel Comedy Pro Night, which featured 6 comedians. I fell in love with the MC of the night, Masud Milas. Help, I want to be his friend.
I have been to London before when I was in 2nd or 4th grade. All I remember was riding the London Eye, which took forever to go around (30 minutes, to be exact). This time, my friends took me on the Emirates Cable Car, which is less touristy, faster, cheaper, and also had nice views.
I loved all the London street musicians. I understand that art and music are subjective, but compared to the Boston street “musician” I always run into – who is an old man with a musical contraption of everything he could get his hands on (bells, empty tubs, kitchen tongs) – London street musicians could be considered professionals. I miss the London music scene.
I already have a couple things on my list the next time I visit London:
- crazy mini golf courses
- Hip Hop Karaoke
- London Cocktail Club, sit at the bar, and get a Brixton Riot cocktail
If you would like to see my London travels in video, you can check them out here (CH 33 and 35).
And let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever been to London. If you have, what were your favorite things to do in London?