Sunday, 10 January 2016

City Trip: Two Days In London

things to do in london for 2 days, piccadilly circus

At the start of the week, my Mum and I made our way to London. It was a trip we had to make to clear out my flat and hand the keys back to the landlord. Things are NEVER straight-forward with letting agencies in London and I found myself in a bit of bother. They didn’t honour their word (why am I even surprised by that?!) and they made mistakes for which I had to cover the cost. Agencies and their dirty tricks, hey?! Get in the fucking sea.

As a result, I am down by £480 which is a really rotten way to begin the New Year and I am still extremely upset about it. But if I’m being positive and looking on the bright side of life, at least I had an extra two days off to (try) enjoy the Capital city with Mum and spending some quality time with her was so great. Every silver lining! I couldn't take my proper camera with me but I managed to capture a few moments on my iPhone. Sorry if they are a little fuzzy!

liberty in london

-- DAY 1 --


As usual, I had planned the trip with an hour-by-hour itinerary because I like to make the most of it! I knew she would want to check out the January sales so what better place to go shopping than Oxford Street and Regent Street. She had never been to Liberty department store before so that was our first stop, followed by Selfridges and then dinner at Burger & Lobster.

Burger & Lobster is great place if you love lobster - of course. But I'm not a huge fan of it myself so I went for the lobster roll whilst Mum opted for the full lobster! They only have 3 things on the menu which are burger, lobster, and lobster roll, each comes with salad, fries, butter sauce for £20 which is decent for central London. They don't take reservations so I was worried my mum and I would have to queue up in the cold for ages but we walked in at around 5:30pm, put our names down, took a seat at the waiting area and were shown to our table within 5 minutes!

burger and lobster in london
burger and lobster in london

We were so full, and had to walk it off so we walked to nearby China Town and Piccadilly Circus for a few fun, touristy snaps. Every time Mum has visited London, it has always been hectic and Dad always gets them lost. Those were the days before Google Maps! It was nice to see her feel more at ease in the big City and therefore able to properly take in the sights of London. Piccadilly Circus is always a great place to take photos. I love going here and people-watch but it was too cold to sit so we didn't stay in one place for long. Had to keep moving to keep warm!

piccadilly circus in london
piccadilly circus in london

As it was still early, and we were in the west end we weren’t ready to go home yet, we decided on a whim to go and see a show. Our first choice was Les Miserables but due to a full house, we bought tickets for Miss Saigon instead.

miss saigon

-- DAY 2 --


the gherkin london, liverpool street

On our second day, I took her to Shoreditch, Spitalfields Market and around the Liverpool Street area, where all we did was walk and eat. For lunch, I had a very un-Instagrammable but very delicious jerk chicken and rice, followed by a yummy strawberries, cream and butterscotch crepe from CrepeAffair. I had to save my stomach for our dinner at The Duck & Waffle.

crepes affair, crepesaffair

We had reservations at Duck & Waffle at around 6pm so had to get back to the flat to get ready quite early-ish but that was fine by us because we had walked for ages and my knee was doing a wierd thing where it kept locking up! So weird! But dinner was delicious, we ordered the crispy pig ears, rosemary and garlic bread, yellowfin tuna and watermelon, foie gras creme brulee and a duck and waffle.

Being at dinner with Mum, I didn't want to be too focussed on taking photographs but you can see more food pics from one of my previous visits to Duck & Waffle. Again, we had to walk off our food coma so we headed towards Canary Wharf (one stop from my flat in Westferry) before returning to the flat for a night of cleaning and packing my belongings in the suitcase.

canary wharf in london
duck and waffle in london
view of london at night
view of london at night

I don’t know when I’ll be back in London but I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m on the train again heading south. I hope you guys won’t mind but I have some more photos I’d like to post from London a few months ago. It’s so overdue but I still want post them on my blog so I can look back on the memories! So keep your eyes peeled for that in the next coming weeks! Hope your year is off to a great start!

See more of my London blogposts here.



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14 comments

  1. That's so awful with your letting agents! But I'm glad you're finally out of that mini hell and your flat situation, no money can compare to your eventual happiness (: Looks like a lovely time spent in London with your Mama - mine was so fascinated when I showed her around Liberty and through the little surrounding streets, she only ever drives to London and stops off in, you guessed it, Chinatown for meetings! xx

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  2. It's been SO long since I was in London! I would love to go back, there's so much I still haven't done in the Capital! Duck and Waffle is defiantly on the to-do list, I've read so many reviews and the food and views always look so Insta-worthy and pretty!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  3. Great photos! Sorry to hear about the awful estate agents! That is just horrid! Hope you find a better flat :) xx

    Alice
    thesmalldesk.com

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  4. I feel you on the letting agency front, ours are awful. I move at the end of the month to a private landlord and it's been so much less faff! Looks like you had a fab time in London anyway. What did you think of Miss Saigon! I saw it last November and, dare I say it, liked it better than Les Mis ;) Xx

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  5. Oh Sarah your letting agents sound rubbish and 480 is such a lot of money too! I'm glad that you spent some time in London with your mum. I love that you took her to the theatre. I'm not sure my mum would be able to sit through an entire one! Looks like a lovely few days spent with your mum! x

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  6. Lovely photos - all sounds lovely!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  7. Fab photos, looks like you had a fab time!

    Made In The 1990s

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  8. I am really craving lobster right now - fab pics xo
    Dara@ www.champagneinateacup.wordpress.com

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  9. Love these pictures. Looks like you've had an amazing time, I love travelling to London. x

    owlsinthesummer.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I really want to try Burger & Lobster! I'm glad you had a couple of nice days to spend with your mum after the letting agents troubles x

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

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  11. London looks amazing!! Hopefully you find a nice flat!
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

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  12. Never been to London, I'd love to see it !

    Sara,
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  13. I'm visiting my friend in London next month, so this is really exciting to read up on! Thank you for sharing x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  14. Seems like you had lovely days in London. We normally go to London at least once in two weeks. So still exploring new things there. The city is huge and has so much to offer!

    Fatima | www.blogsbyfa.com

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