The 5 Coolest Things I Did During a Weekend in London

Oh, London. What fun you were. Two weeks ago, I took a lil’ trip across the pond from Paris to London to visit a friend who is studying abroad there this semester. While I was only there for less two and a half days, I still got to do a bunch of really awesome things. Here’s the highlights from my trip!

Churchill Arms Pub: Now, my friend and I don’t even like beer, so we didn’t come to this pub to drink. But, for a pub which is entirely covered in flowers from the ground all the way up to the roof, we were willing to take the time to check it out. I’m so glad we did! This was such a cool thing to see. We showed up with some other people we were hanging out with in London, and they got beers, so we weren’t just two losers standing on the sidewalk staring up at the building. We were just two losers standing on the sidewalk gazing up at the building next to our other friends who were drinking and socializing like normal human beings. No big.

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Yep, that’s Winston Churchill’s face on the sign.
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Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

Abbey Road: The two of us are HUGE Beatles fans. We had a few hours to kill before I had to get back to the train station, and on a whim, we decided to go check out Abbey Road! We took pictures on the street, signed the wall outside the studio, and bought fun little souvenirs at the small gift shop. This was definitely one of those cool once-in-your-life experiences. Now, I can always say I’ve been to Abbey Road!

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“Four lads from Liverpool”

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I’m a huge George Ezra fan too, so seeing this up on the wall in the Abbey Road shop was SO cool!

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Brunch at Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill: Our second morning, we set out to explore Notting Hill so that we could stop by a super cool brunch spot called Farm Girl. This popular cafe is known by Londoners for its healthy but delicious food: I’m talking buckwheat berry pancakes, vegan donuts, and blue matcha lattes. And oh my goodness was it good.

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We ordered a rose almond milk latte & a blue matcha latte — both were delicious!
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This rose-flavored vegan donut was as tasty as it was beautiful.
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These were the BEST pancakes I’ve ever had in my life.

Explore Selfridge’s: Oh boy, was this fun. We got lost in here for close to two hours and only left because they were closing. Think Nordstrom, but x10, then add a dessert floor and a Christmas floor. Now you’re getting the right idea.

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Some pretty blooms on the dessert floor. Flowers and sweets? Yes, please.
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Yep. A whole wall of neon light-up signs. That’s just how Selfridge’s rolls.
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This is only a fraction of the Christmas floor! (By far my favorite floor.)

 

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason: We both agreed that if we were going to do London, we were going to do it right. That meant a real, traditional afternoon tea. Not only was it my favorite experience of the weekend, this was one of my favorite experiences of all time! What can I say? I just really love tea. The 80-year-old British lady inside me was having a ball with all the finger sandwiches she could eat. Although this tea was quite a splurge, the price was absolutely worth it. The ambiance of Fortnum & Mason was incredible, the staff was very kind, the tea was delicious, and we definitely got our money’s worth of food. (We couldn’t even finish all of our sandwiches and desserts, plus they sent us home with a huge to-go box of cake! So basically, best day of my life.)

 

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Yes. They have a separate menu just for all the different kinds of tea they offer.
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How beautiful is this table setting?
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They sent me home with this whole piece of cake because I was already so full from all the other treats…
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…like these!
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We got to sit by the window and watch the street below!

 

If the charming double-decker busses and the Tower Bridge aren’t reason enough for you to visit London, these are five more pretty awesome things to do there! Hopefully I will get the chance to go back again before heading back to the U.S.!

Until next time,

Sincerely,

 

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