Tuesday, 22 December 2015

London Calling

Prepare yourselves for an overload of London vibes! Over the weekend we paid a short visit to the big smoke for an assortment of activities. We managed to do a whistle-stop tour of the city, seeing sights such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the Shard and even riding on the London Eye. Our trip also included cocktails at a awesome ice bar and being enchanted by the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was the best weekend and I wish I could've stayed longer!

Almost immediately after hopping off the train we headed to the National History Museum. There are so many museums in London like the NHM that take free admissions, such as the Victoria & Albert and the Science Museum, so if we had had longer during our trip I would have spent hours exploring these treasure chests. However, we only had two days so I thought the NHM would be perfect as it has a bit of everything inside for everyone (and who doesn't love Dinosaurs?). The NHM is awesome for children (and big kids like myself ) as it has loads of interactive exhibitions like the animatronic T-Rex and the earthquake simulator; I recall being in awe of the museum as an eight year old. If you have not been yet, you must make a visit at some point in your lifetime.

In the afternoon we wandered through the cobbled streets and winding markets of Camden Town. This borough of London is by far one of the coolest and most interesting places I have ever been. Amazing vintage clothes, unique pieces of jewellery, talented artists and delicious street food made up the stalls of the most notorious market in England. The strangest store we entered went by the name of  Cyberdog. The only appropriate way I can think to describe this shop is My Little Pony at a rave!

In the evening we went to the most breathtaking bar ever! And it was quite literally breathtaking seeing as it was made out of ice! That's right, we went to Ice Bar London, which is absolutely incredible. It managed to transport you to somewhere in the Arctic, so that when you stepped back outside again you had completely forgotten you were in London. Bookings are £16.50, however, that does include a cocktail, so despite the expense it is worth a visit. 

The following day we strolled through the University College London campus to take some photos and then traveled to Westminster to see the sights from aboard to London Eye!

Lastly it was up to Watford to visit the magical Harry Potter Studios. The whole experience was aptly spellbinding! As soon as we walked through the doors of the Great Hall it felt as if you were a witch or wizard attending Hogwarts. You can only appreciate the level of detail that the prop designers went into for these films once you visit the studios. The endless man-hours that must have been  undertaken to bring the Harry Potter world to life is incredible. There is so much to discover about how the props and sets were created behind the scenes, so this is a number one recommendation of mine of attractions to visit in the UK! And the Butterbeer is also yummy!

So I hope you have enjoyed my London post. If you want any details on what I was wearing then please leave your queries in the comments section.


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