London is a city that I feel as though I have a very odd relationship with. I’ve visited a handful of times over the past few years and each time has brought a completely different experience and this trip definitely fell within this statement. This trip was the first time I’d traveled to London for a blogging event. I’ve been invited to a fair few, however if I’m going to splash the cash on a train ticket It has to be for a brand that I completely adore. I visited London for the Free People Press Event, showcasing their S/S ’17 collection (you can see the post here)
This generally brought a lot of nerves, it’s so easy to stick within my comfort zone of only attending events in Liverpool & Manchester however despite my nerves, this was probably my favourite trip to London and I was so delighted to be able to meet the lovely ladies behind Free People and of course, experience it all with a loved one!
So, now that the back story is out of the way, I thought I’d share some of the things I got up to whilst in London, if you’re like me and planning a little London pitstop for yourself. Here’s a quick little tour guide to make the most of your mini visit!
TREAT YO’ SELF
London really is brilliant for shopping! Whether you’re hitting the chocker hughstreet and browsing the windows of Oxford Street or searching for a vintage gem on Brick Lane you’ll never not find what you’re looking for! My favourite place to shop is Carnaby Street, where you’ll find some offbeat hughstreet shops such as Brandy Melville, Dahlia and Monki. I don’t have these stores near me, so I always love being able to shop there whenever I get a chance. Carnaby Street is a short walk from Oxford Street, however it’s SO much more chilled! Whilst you’re wandering around Carnaby, it’s impossible not to have a look in Liberty, it’s such a beautiful shop filled with so many items that I really wish I could afford, ain’t no crime in window shopping though!
EMBRACE LOCAL TREASURES
London has some amazing independent restaurants, cafes and bakeries – There really isn’t a need to eat at a chain restaurant! Whilst we were here, we ate at a Ramen Bar named Bone Daddies which I’d wanted to visit for a while now, so I was super happy to visit! We also made a little pitstop to Crumbs & Doilies (yes, I fangirled a little bit) You need to follow Crumbs & Doilies on instagram, they post some of the most amazing looking cakes and sweet treats, think magical unicorn rainbow cakes, that’s the level of amazing we’re talking here!
BE A TYPICAL TOURIST
Although it’s deemed uncool to be a tourist and do as a tourist does, if you’ve never been to a city before it’s only right to do some tourist activities. You don’t have to hop on a sight seeing bus and walk around waving a union jack flag, however there’s no crime in having a good walk around and seeing just what you stumble across. Looking up and looking around and snapping a few photos never hurt anyone. London is filled with amazing architecture and art work, so you’re never necessarily bored of your surroundings, well unless you live there, then I’m sure you don’t even bat an eyelid!
Here’s to many more exciting opportunities and of course, some more spontaneous trips to cities I’ve never explored before!