A weekend in London

Hi, lovelies, I am sure by the title, you are all thinking that this is an unusual post for me! That’s right, I have strayed away slightly from my normal posts for more of a chatty life update! If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I recently had a little trip to London! I went down to see my friend who is currently studying at Imperial University, so luckily I had a place to stay. I thought I would give you a short post on what we got up to over the weekend. We arrived late Friday night (and as the odd 21 one-year-olds we are… we went to bed), so this post will focus on the Saturday and Sunday! Hopefully, if you’re thinking about going to London soon it will give you some serious trip inspo!

Saturday:

Truth Cafe

We all woke up bright and early on Saturday (Impressive, I know) and as my friend lives in Hammersmith we had a cheeky little shop to start off the day. Luckily I didn’t do too much damage (Thank God), only picking up two tops, culottes and a playsuit..oops. After having a relatively intensive shopping session, it was only right that we had a big breakfast. We went to a lovely little cafe in Hammersmith called ‘Truth Cafe’, and (Shocker) I ate way too much food. The cafe had a lovely vibe, and I got to sit next to the cutest puppy ever whilst eating. Who doesn’t want to sit near an adorable puppy whilst drinking their morning coffee? The cafe was beautiful and unique, with the walls filled with sign language images. I had an amazing Full English breakfast because if you know me I’m not very adventurous! It was a great way to start a very busy day.

Kensington Palace 

After a very filling breakfast, we made our way to the Kensington Palace gardens. The pictures I took definitely don’t do the gardens justice. A combination of the bright sunshine, stunning lake and beautiful flower gardens made it a very magical experience. This place would be so nice to go and sit by yourself and read a book in the sunshine. We initially walked through the gardens and around the lake/pond in front of the palace itself. The pond was a bright blue, with swans swimming in it… very royal. We then decided to go into the Sunken Garden ourselves rather than pay for the guided tour. If you want beautiful gram pictures, here is the place to go. My photos definitely don’t show just how beautiful the flowers are. It is so nice to know that just a few weeks before, Prince Harry was picking flowers for Megan’s bouquet from these gardens. We decided not to go into the actual Palace but you could definitely spend the entire day here.

Hyde Park

When you go to London, you have to go to Hyde Park. In the summer it is especially beautiful! We brought our own picnic and blanket so we didn’t have to pay for food or the deck chairs. This way we could lounge around on the grass near the lake for as long as we liked and for such a small price! As I said the weather was gorgeous, I burnt my legs and shoulders so definitely wear suncream! After our little picnic, we decided to fork out on a boat ride on the lake. You have the choice of either a pedalo or rowing boat. As we had all been on a rowing boat before in Amsterdam we thought we would take on the challenge of rowing the boat ourselves. This was quite expensive at £12 each for one hour. I can safely say I will not take up rowing as a sport, I am absolutely useless. I thought it would be a lot easier than it was, boy was I wrong. Luckily my two friends are better than me and I enjoyed a leisurely boat ride in the sunshine. The only thing I will say is beware of the swans, they are quite intimidating if you row near them. I always love going to Hyde Park as it is so beautiful, and is even better in the warm weather.

Bars & Restaurants

After Hyde Park, we admittedly had a nap. After nearly 20000 steps walking around London that day, ya girl needed a rest. Once we had finally gotten ourselves dressed we decided to go the lovely Rocca in West Brompton. Here once again, we ate way too much food, but amazing Italian food at a great price, who could blame us? After eating we went to a beautiful beer garden called ‘The Prince’, again in West Brompton. It is so unique here, in that there are 4 restaurants and 3 bars that all share the same beer garden. I honestly can’t stress enough how beautiful this place is. There are fresh flowers covering the walls and ceilings with fairy lights and it is like walking into a Disney film. I would love to go in the day sometime to truly capture how stunning the garden is on camera. Unfortunately, you will have to deal with my terrible photos (I had a bit too much to drink…oops) – but take my word for it, you need to go here. Great food, great drinks and a beautiful view… what more could you want?

Sunday

Camden Markets

After a veeerrrryyyy long day on Saturday, we took forever to get out of bed on Sunday. As we were leaving later that day we didn’t want to cram in too many things. Instead, we decided to spend the day in Camden markets. Another place every tourist wants to see! We started off at the food market, where I demolished an entire Woodfire Pizza, it was soooo good. After that, we took our time wandering around the markets and looking at what treasures we could find. Luckily I learned my lesson from Saturday and didn’t spend any more money (well done Chlo) but if you’re into unique items and clothes, this is the place for you.

After a burger at Euston Station, we finally left London. As I have been to London lots of times, I didn’t do too many touristy things, but there is definitely more on my to-do list. I had such an amazing time but if I was to go again I would definitely try and up my photography and capture how beautiful the places are. So that was my weekend in London. What are your top places to see in London? Let me and everyone else know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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  1. June 13, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Sounds like a fun visit! That visit of yourselves at Kensington Palace, btw, is a stunning shot! xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 13, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Thankyou so much! It was a spontaneous shot by one of my friends 🙂 x

  2. June 14, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Camden is one of my favorite places in London! Always something different to see and eat!

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      I loved Camden, I had the most amazing woodfire pizza! Waaaaayy to many pigeons around though haha! x

  3. June 15, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Hey Chloe, thank you so much for sharing your experience- it looks like you had such a wonderful time! London is my favourite city so I’m always keen to find new places and I love checking out other people’s adventures in the city! Sending you good vibes!

    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      You’re very welcome lovely, thankyou for reading! I always love going to London and I can’t wait to go back and find more places to explore! What’s your fave place? 🙂 x

  4. June 17, 2018 / 8:09 am

    I love my London!
    been there a couple of times and it’s vibes are awesome.
    I have actually never been to Hyde park so that’s going on the list for the next trip.
    And camden is my fave place in london to go to. It’s just so cool. I could spend a whole day there ^^
    Love,
    Rose

    • BeingChloe173
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      June 17, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      OOh yes definitely go to hyde park I love it so much! It’s even great in the winter, it is winder wonderland then! Oh yeah Camden is great! x

  5. Soffy
    June 17, 2018 / 8:11 am

    Lovely post and glad you had a great time. Even though, I’ve been born and brought up in London and even though I still live here I’ve never visited Kensington Palace gardens! I’ll definitely go this year when the hay fever season has calmed down! Thanks for sharing x

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    • BeingChloe173
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      June 17, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      OOh you should definitely visit one day! It’s so beautifu and free so I’d definitely recommend 🙂 But yeah my hayfever was bad when I went so maybe wait haha x

  6. Lainy
    June 17, 2018 / 8:20 am

    London is one of my all time favourite places, especially Camden! Your trip looked like so much fun! 🙂

    Lainy x
    ‪https://bookishbitsblogblog.wordpress.com‬

    • BeingChloe173
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      June 17, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      I loved Camden there are so many unique things!! x

  7. June 17, 2018 / 8:47 am

    It’s sounds like you had a lovely time! I want to go back to London and do more exploring. I also love the pictures! X

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Aww thankyou lovely! I didn’t originally plan to do a blog post on my trip so I didn’t take amazing photos but I still quite like them! Definitely do some more exploring, I can’t wait to go back x

  8. June 17, 2018 / 9:35 am

    Love the photos. It’s blast from the past for me, as I used to live in London!
    Tracy @bloggerbythesea x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Aww thankyou I am so glad you like them 🙂 x

  9. June 17, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Sounds like a fun visit! I’ve never been to Kensington Palace, I love Camden Market though! ☺️

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Definitely visit if you can, it is absolutely stunning! x

  10. June 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Sometimes it’s good not to do the touristy things! You get more out of it 🙂
    Looks like you had a fab time, of all the times I’ve been to London I’ve never been to Hyde Park or Kensington Palace so will have to check those out next time I go!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      I definitely agree, I would love to go to the places off the beaten track! Ooh yes try to go next time, they’re so pretty x

  11. June 17, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    I love London – there is always something fun to do (and eat)! And, you’re right – one cannot visit London and not go to Hyde Park…

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      I spent soooo much money on food it’s actually ridiculous haha! Oh yeah 100% you have to go! x

  12. June 17, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    London is never not fun! I haven’t been there in four years and I terribly miss it, but your pictures made me smile 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
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      June 17, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Aww I’m glad lovely 🙂 I hope you go back soon! x

  13. June 17, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Glad you had a great time! I live in London and love that there’s so much to do. I love Hyde Park because in the summer you can go there to sunbathe, eat ice cream and go on the boats on the Serpentine and then in winter they have Winter Wonderland with rides, food, music and ice skating. Good times!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      I adore Hyde Park, I went to Winter wonderland at Christmas and it was great! I wish I had gone ice skating though .. maybe next time! x

  14. Shevy du Toit
    June 17, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    It’s very easy to take for granted that I live on London’s doorstep and then I’m reminded why I enjoy the odd trip into the city, because of beautiful places like these 😁 Thank you for sharing…

    Shevy
    http://moonsomnia.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      My friend felt the exact same! She is there for uni but only really becomes a tourist when we come down to visit x

  15. June 17, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    This sounds like an awesome trip to London! A boat ride in Hyde Park sounds like so much fun and what beautiful weather you had too! Yum, pizza in Camden sounds perfect! Glad you had a nice time, thank you for sharing your weekend Chloe 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Thankyou so much for reading Bexa! The weather was perfect although I did get a tad burnt hah x

  16. June 24, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    That bar looks amazing! Your pictures are all so beautiful you’re very photogenic! This fuels my want to travel over to London even more. Lovely post!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 25, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! You definitely should, I can’t wait to go back and explore! x

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