Monday, 7 September 2015

Eleven Oh Seven in London

A few weeks ago, we decided to take a trip to London. The visit was to mostly to gather research for our final year of Uni, but of course we couldn't go to the captial and not visit some of our favourite places! Here's what our fleeting visit looked like.

After arriving in London at the super early time of 9am on a Sunday, we went straight to grab a bite to eat. We chose the popular venue of The Breakfast Club in Soho to have breakfast and we weren't disappointed! After a short wait outside (we said it was popular!) we were soon tucking in to huge plates of food - exactly what we needed after a long journey from Cardiff!

We highly recommend The Breakfast Club, not only for their great food, but their staff are so friendly and helpful - and their decor is brilliant too! We loved this logo on one of the walls:

After breakfast, we hopped on the tube over to Kensington Gardens to see the summer transformation of the Serpentine Gallery by design group, Selgascano. Thankfully, the sun came out to show off this gorgeous installation in all its colourful glory.

After a quick walk around Kensington Gardens in the sunshine, we headed over to ever-busy Piccadilly Circus and the Royal Academy of Arts' to have a peek at the Wanderlust: Joseph Cornell exhibition. We couldn't take photos inside, but if you're a Cornell fan, then this exhibition is a must-see!
Fortnum & Mason is just across the street from the Royal Academy of Arts, and after admiring their gorgeous summer window displays, we headed in to look at the classic store and all its (too pricey for us!) goodies.

The Carsten Höller exhibition, Decision, at the Hayward Gallery - South Bank Centre was another must-see for us, as we'd heard so many great things about the interactive side to it. We won't ruin the whole experience for you if you're planning on going before the exhibition finishes, but we especially loved the exit to the exhibition: a choice of two twisted slides. The most fun either of us have had at a gallery in a long time!

After our busy day of art exhibition visiting, we met up with Katie from Because of the Times for a well overdue girly catch up: it was so nice seeing Katie to hear all about her news over red velvet cake from Crumbs & Doilies in the cutest square - Kingly Court, in the heart of London.

In the evening we moved on to one of our most visited and favourite places, Covent Garden. We spent some time walking around and taking in all the sights before refuelling at Southern Joe's Kitchen and Bar. Seriously recommend this place: we had the best pulled pork and mac and cheese there: delicious!

We thought we'd walk off some of the carbs we'd just consumed and strolled through Leicester Square through to Piccadilly Circus. These locations at night are the best: summer evenings bring out tourists and locals alike!

After finally getting some sleep, we spent our last morning in London window shopping. We started early, and it was a dream walking down Regent Street when it was quiet! 

We visited Bond Street (we couldn't not pop into Victoria's Secret!) and finally onto Sloane Square where K finally got to visit an Anthropologie store and the Free People pop-up store on King's Road.

 After a walk back to Victoria station along the dreamy streets in Belgravia, we were exhausted & fully ready to start our long journey home. And thanks to a hot & broken bus back to Wales, many hilarious conversations were had!

We had a lovely time in London and we hope you enjoyed reading about it!

S & K  xo

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