Friday, January 7, 2011

london... definitely one of the most brilliant cities in the world and so in stride with tourists' needs. It's incredibly easy to get around this gigantic city with the many way-finding devices, superb public transit (when it's not on strike), and urban eye candy that knocks your socks off. The old buildings and monuments, Christmas light displays, never ending pedestrian streets and alleyways, and all the free (!) museums can keep you wandering the streets for hours on end -- even in the bitter cold and rain. And when you need a break, there's always a cozy pub just around the corner to warm you up with mulled wine and fish and chips.

The charming local pub in Kensington

Gloucester Road

Just another adorable street

Natural History Museum

Did I mention the shopping yet? This is the city of shopping. Luckily the British Pound is so strong that I was forced to keep my wallet safe inside my bag (for the most part, though Anthropologie and Liberty fabrics got the best of me). Spending nearly $6 on a single tube ride and another $6 for a beer hurt the pocketbook, but luckily my cousin is living in London while studying for the year and she was able to hook us up with a comfortable place to stay -- in Kensington to say the least! From her place we could walk most parts of the city and almost all the major tourist destinations.

Thank God these signs where there! We almost got ran over several times!

Since I want to keep this short and sweet, here are the highlights:

  • New Years Eve fireworks on the Thames
  • Columbia Road flower market in Shoreditch
  • Sunday UpMarket at the old Trumer Brewery (my favorite!!!)
  • Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch
  • Fabric shopping at Liberty and the super quaint Carnaby Street
  • Kensington Garden and St. James Park stroll
  • Soho shops - hello Muji, Camper, and Paul Smith! 
  • Pedestrian alleyways all over place
  • The commercial chaos of Oxford and Regent Streets
  • Victoria and Albert museum


St James Park with the Eye in the background

Westminster Abby - on April 29, Will & Kate will wed here

Cousin Moira and her friend Jane - NYE

New Years fireworks and Big Ben watching

The new 'Cycle Hire' system, similar to Paris' and Barcelona

Carnaby Street

Big red bus and lights!


Columbia Road flower market

Columbia Road in Shoreditch


The market

Liberty - the original London department store

The famous Liberty print fabrics

Quaint French cafe in Kensington

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