As you may already have read in my previous post, I went to London with my family a few weeks ago. Since we had been in London quite a lot we wanted to explore some new areas instead of going to the major tourist attractions. Curious to see what we did and where we ate?
People who know me a bit will know that London has always been and still is my all time favourite city. It will sound super cliché, but leaving the tube station for the first time each time I visit London starts to feel like coming home for me. One of the reasons I chose to study English at University is my dream to live in this marvellous city one day, even if it’s just for a few months. (Preferably in a lavender coloured house in Notting Hill, my favourite area, but a tiny apartment is fine, too) But enough said about my dreams and aspirations… you’re all here for the travel diary, so if you’re interested in my trip to London, keep on reading!
P.S.: the girl you will see in many pictures is my sister, Febe, since on family trips I am mostly the one behind the camera I have to be happy with selfies 🙂
We started our first day visiting Borough Market, a food market with lots of stalls and stands offering delicious food from all over the world. You’ll find a lot of fresh food here, mostly meat and fish, but also a wide range of vegetarian dishes and patisseries. I decided to go for koshari (the photo on the left), an Egyptian dish made of rice and lentils topped with a tomato sauce, chick peas and fried onions. It doesn’t look that good and probably doesn’t sound like a good combination, but I can tell you: it’s heavenly!
After Borough Market we took a stroll along the Thames river. I know I said we wouldn’t do the major tourist attractions, but, in my opinion, you really can’t go to London without having seen either the Tower Bridge or the Big Ben since they’re such iconic landmarks.
After Borough Market, we visited the area of Shoreditch. We visited some stores in Boxpark, where shops and places to eat or have a drink are located in a bunch of shipping containers. Since everything was quite pricey, I didn’t buy anything, but it sure was interesting to see how they managed to design the containers. Before having dinner we went to Queen of Hoxton to have a warm drink at their winter rooftop bar. (Considering the name of this blog you probably won’t be surprised if I tell you rooftop bars are one of my favourite things to do on a city trip) They set up a sort of a tipi which they decorated with Christmas lights and a campfire where you could melt marshmallows on a stick. Perfect to get in the Christmas spirit!
The next day we decided to to take the tube to Camden Town. I visited Camden Town last year when I was in London with some friends, but for my parents and sister it was the first time. I looove this neighbourhood! You’ll find lots of different styles of clothing here, which makes it the perfect place for rockers, punkers or vintage-lovers. As a fashion lover, I find this incredibly interesting. Also, when you’re looking for a vintage fur coat or an oversized jean jacket, this is the right place. What I loved even more about this place is the street food they sell at Camden Market. I think I have never seen that many food stalls at one place. What’s not to love?!
In one of the stalls in Camden Market I bought a beautiful oriental/Asian tapestry to hang on the wall beside my bed in my dorm room. Pictures will follow!
As Vivienne Westwood said: “There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.” I couldn’t agree more! My love for this city and my dream to live there one day grows every time I visit it. Already looking forward to the next time…
Have you ever been in London? What’s your favourite city?