London was just so fun. I was lucky enough to be traveling with friends who studied abroad in the city during college, so my time there really felt like I was being toured around by the locals! I think everyone typically shows up on a trip with things planned of what they wanted to do, but I really took advantage of my crew and just…showed up. The only thing that had been on my list was Portobello Road (insane vintage/thrift shopping!), but unfortunately it wasn’t operating while we were there. Sad, but what we did get to do (and more importantly, eat) definitely made up for it.
One of the first things we did was take advantage of an amazing day and wander through Kensington Gardens. I had never been and was so taken aback by the gorgeous sprawling green lawns, untamed fields (SO MANY DOGS RUNNING AROUND) and manicured flower patches. It was just so lovely and honestly made me want to move to London more than I already did—I could just perfectly imagine sunny days spent picnicking in the park. Which probably wouldn’t actually happen because I’d have to work but, ya know—dreams, people, dreams.
I also find it super important to note that we serendipitously stumbled upon an English bulldog meet up. Seriously. Upwards of 20 English bulldogs hanging out together and rolling in the grass. #GOALS.
Another favorite stop? Camden Market. Touristy, sure, but a stop everyone has to make at least once when visiting London. We snacked on delicious food (including authentic fish and chips!) and did a bit of shopping—I ended up scoring a really cute vintage prayer rug that has since taken up residence in my living room.
Borough Market is another stop that should definitely be on every foodie traveler’s list. The eats are insane. Everything from fish and chips (obviously) and more typical English fare, as well as loads and loads of desserts. I opted for seafood paella (my favorite!) with extra crunchy bits, which are the best part—but definitely did more than my far share of grazing on other people’s selections. Couldn’t help it—everything was just so good!
Our last fully day was spent hitting up the main sites—great for newbies like me (I’d been to London once before but didn’t get to see much) and fun for the ones that were used to seeing those sites every day on their way home from classes (kind of a crazy thought, right?). In typical London fashion, it was a bit drizzly and cloudy the day we were touring around—it felt like the complete British experience!