The London Diaries #1: days one and two

Saturday, 9 May 2015

So this is the first post about London that I'm gonna write. Wow, it feels weird saying that, it's been a week since I was there and I miss it. I'll make two blog posts about the trip: this one for days one and two and another one for days three and four. It should be pretty long so grab something to eat and drink!

We arrived at the airport in Barcelona so early. After all the stressful phase of going through security etc, we had plenty of time to just chill before our flight. I decided to watch The Vampire Diaries and have lunch (our flight was at 2 pm). We had a nice flight though it was quite cloudy when we landed in Stansted, not that I was surprised though. We had to take a bus from there to London so it was already 6:30 pm when we got to the city. The bus dropped us off at Victoria Station and I thought I'd pass out because it was so full of people. I had to be the one to do all the talking which increased my anxiety but I managed to calm myself down after a while. Surprisingly, though, it wasn't that hard to find the tube that would take us to the place where we were staying at. Once we arrived and checked in, we unpacked our suitcases and headed off to have dinner; we decided to go to Nando's. Honestly, I didn't know how it worked so thank god there was a Spanish girl working there that very kindly helped us. She was so so nice to us and that calmed down my nerves. I really enjoyed the food there and it's where my love for garlic bread began. Then we just went back to our hotel and I decided to watch tv. Lucky for me Percy Jackson was on and I have a massive crush on Logan Lerman so, you know, I just HAD to watch the film.
When we woke up the next morning, it was time to get ready for a full day of sightseeing and being a proper tourist. We took the tube to Trafalgar Square, stayed there for a while to take some pictures and then we walked from one end of The Mall (Admiralty Arch) to the other end aka Buckingham Palace.

It was 9:30 am and there was already full of people waiting for the changing of the guard. So as we had nothing else to do, we waited there as well, yes two hours in the freezing morning cold. It wasn't that boring though: I heard a conversation between a group of friends around my age that were sitting next to us and there were also some spanish people next to us. When it was time for the change of guards everyone got so excited lol I enjoyed it and I think it was nice to see because I had never seen something like that. However, I don't think I'll wait two hours to see it ever another time lol
Then after that, we went to see the Big  Ben area. Where I saw a really cute guy playing the electric guitar and singing Hallelujah like an angel, he honestly was so good. My family didn't let me stop to watch him play though so I didn't see if he had a youtube channel or something. While I was walking along the bridge it all felt kind of unreal, I had always wanted to be in London and I was right there, it was so crazy for me. Then we went back to Trafalgar Square and had lunch in Prezzo, the food was so so good and they treated us very well.

There was a Waterstones next to the restaurant and I love books so I just had to go inside. There's no way I was leaving that place without one book. It was like heaven for me. I wanted to buy Carrie  Hope Fletcher's book as she is one of my favourite people ever. I've been watching her since forever and seeing her book in a shop made me feel so proud, especially because it's a different type of book and I don't see her as a youtuber entirely because she is so much more. I'm so looking forward to read her book. Then we went downstairs and I found some other youtubers books and as much as I'm not that happy about this whole youtubers writing books hype, I did buy two more: Connor's because he is also one of my favourite people ever and also one of my favourite youtubers (and because like Carrie's his book is much more personal than other books some youtubers have been realising...) and Tanya's because I feel like it has to be a nice read as you can read a chapter of a specific topic whenever you want and I'm especially interested in the recipes and mental health advice in the book. I honestly would've bought many more books but these are the ones I'd never find back home. My brother bought a Jon Snow vinyl figure which is so cute and I love it. Also talking about Game of Thrones, on every single tube station I saw huge posters of Kit Harington's new movie and I died every single time because damn.
Once I had my books, we headed to Camden Town. I loved it there, it felt like my kind of place. There was so many great stuff and a variety of things and people. We just went to one of the markets but still, I saw a ton of awesome things. I wish I could've bought quite a few (especially band merch) but I had to contain myself if I didn't want to end up poor the first day haha I can always come back another day right?

Then when my whole family was tired of being there, I made them go to King's Cross station because I'm a huge Harry Potter  fan and well you know the deal, there you can find Platform 9 3/4 and a trolley/luggage cart against the wall. I queued with my sister to take a picture and I was the happiest girl on earth. There was a girl from the staff that put a scarf around your neck and then a professional took a photo of you as if you were to go through the wall but you could also get some friend/family to take pictures for you as the professional one was way too expensive. You also could choose the scarf, my sister went for Gryffindor, like most people, but I went for Ravenclaw although I had a hard time choosing between Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff because I consider myself a Ravenpuff. The girl was so nice to me when I asked for the Ravenclaw scarf and said: you a smart one huh? And I just giggled lol After getting our pictures taken, we went to the shop, because I mean how could I not? I bought a Dobby charm and a train ticket to Hogwarts, my sister bought some sweets (sadly not the beans).
Once they dragged me out of the shop, we took the tube again but this time to Tower Bridge. I never imagined it could be so big like I knew it was huge but wow. We also went to see the girl and the dolphin statue as my sister loves it. When we got to the other end of the bridge we searched for a place to eat and ended up in this cosy little French restaurant called Café Rouge in Hay's Galleria. The staff there were so nice, when the girl came to order the food my dad pointed at me and the girl said: Oh I see, you are the one speaking English right? and I was like yeah haha she also said: 'de nada' (you're welcome) and smiled when we said Thank You. The other waiter also smiled and was so nice every time he brought a plate. Nice people warm my heart, I swear. I had a Croque Monsieur which we also make here in but we call it 'bikini' and it's basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich but they put béchamel on top and surprisingly I really liked. After that we went back to the hotel and again watched some tv. Britain's Got Talent was on so I watched a bit of that. It was nice to watch British tv without it pausing every now and then. We also watched a bit of the news and found out that the Royal Baby had arrived!! Then we turned off the tv and went to sleep, Sunday would be a very long day too!
Stay tuned to see what I did Sunday and Monday, that post should be up next week!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Have you visited any of the places I've mentioned? If not, would you like to go?
Anna x

PS: Would you like me to do a London haul post?

4 comments

  1. Loved this post! It was great! :) So glad you had a good time! Hopefully I'll go someday soon!
    ps you're beautiful! Can't wait for the other posts!
    xx
    Kenzie
    Behindhazeleyes06.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, means a lot! :) Yess you have to go, you'll love it!
      Anna x

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  2. I got emotional reading your post :') I'm so happy you enjoyed it so much, and just like you said, it's so amazing finally travelling to a city you've wanted to go for so long! I already told you but I'd have loved going to the King's Cross Station :3 you looked so cute in the pics and your style is so awesome I love it! The thing of the "Monsieur" being our bikini sandwich is so funny, I had no idea of that!
    I'd love it if you did a London Haul :)
    PS: I'm so jealous you bought Carrie's book, I wanna read it so so so badly!
    Laura xx
    literarilylaura.wordpress.com

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    1. Aww stop! Thank you so much :) You will come back and will have the chance to go to King's Cross don't worry! It really was so funny, I didn't know about it either until I was there and I was like well this is nice hahah
      I will do one!
      Aw I'm sure it's available online, ok yes it is, I just checked BookDepository and it's free shipping and you have 18% off!!
      Anna x

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