All Around London: Part II

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Hello! I’m super excited to be sharing even more on our time in London. In case you missed Part I, you can find it right here. With the amount of pictures we managed to snap while in this city, you’d think we were there for at least several weeks.

Nope.

Hard to believe it was just a mere three days. Yet those were probably some of the busiest three days of my life. So much walking. But all the incredible sightseeing made it all worth it.

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When we finally made it to the top of the escalator from the underground  aka, the tube/subway  we were welcomed to all things London.

I looked over at Derek’s face and we both had the same smiling reaction. London flags. Old-school taxis. Cherry-red double-Decker buses. The streets were oozing with so much charm.

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If you’re a sucker for extra-adorable bakeries, then you belong in this city. I quickly lost track of all the ones we stumbled upon. But this one below, ah it completely stole my heart. I’m not even a huge pink fan and I couldn’t help but fall in love.

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Remember a couple of years ago when Derek and I waited in line for cronuts? Well, we should have just come to London because these savory treats were everywhere. Without lines.

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To burn off the calories we devoured earlier, we took a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park. This turned out to be such a beautiful walk. I remember this day being extra sunny, especially for London’s standards, so there were tons of people out running, picnicking, and soaking up the warm rays.

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You know, when in London, you’ve got to have some fish & chips, right? We thought so, too. I had read about the adorable and traditional-styled chippy called Golden Union. This place was so much fun, and so delicious.

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We had read about mushy peas. I know, I know. That two words don’t sound the most appetizing. But to our surprise, they weren’t half bad.

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london_liberty department store

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And then there was Sketch. How can I even begin to describe this place? I had read about it months ago before our trip, and knew this place was a MUST-SEE. Pretty much the prettiest place for afternoon tea.

This place is more than just a destination for food and drinks. It’s quite the work of art. See, it is comprised of several different rooms, all of which have completely different feels. The one pictured below is called the Gallery.

When you step into this room, you will instantly be transported to a pink wonderland. Blush painted walls. Velvet covered seats. Rose-gold place settings. I’m telling you, this room is like no other. A dream, really.

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I fall in love with a lot of things, but I never thought I’d fall head-over-heels for a bathroom. Yet, Sketch showed me the unthinkable.

Whoa.

Once again, I was blown away with this room.

So psychedelic and futuristic. Totally the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.

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The room we actually had tea in is called the Glade. And again, I was blown away. Instead of being just another room, this is more like an enchanting forest. It reminded me so much of Alice in Wonderland. It truly is a modern day fairy tale. I can only imagine how romantic it feels at night.

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There are so many fun quirks about this city.

For starters, talk about this houseboat-turned-bookshop on the water. Derek had heard about this shop before we arrived, and desperately wanted to check it out.

The tricky part with that is the shop is constantly moving locations. So, when we were walking on the boardwalk and spotted it parked, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out. Such a cool concept.

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I don’t think we could have stumbled upon a more fitting car for this city. Ah, retro mini-coopers, I love you so. If I could somehow crunch you up to fit in my backpack, I really, really would.

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The picture below cracks me up, over and over again. I had read about how this bakery is famous for its rainbow cake.

Well, by the time we had arrived to the cake shop, we were pretty much caked out. But I couldn’t just pass up the rainbow cake. I mean, just look at how pretty it is.

So, we took a slice to go.

Turns out, this cake is enormous. Like HUGE. Six layers!

It took us three nights to finish it, and we were shared. How insane is that!? So, each night, we’d come back home to our Airbnb, light the fireplace and slowly eat away the colorful layers.

Ah, good times.

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If you’d like to read more about our adventure, check out the 22 Can’t-Miss London Experiences post I wrote about on POPSUGAR.

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