So, you may have realised that I wasn’t active with my blog much at all towards the end of last week and the reason for that was because I was in London!
I managed to spend 2 full days and 2 nights there and it was honestly really good though tiring since we did so much in one day!
We travelled Thursday during the evening so once we’d settled into the place we were staying, we pretty much all fell asleep for the night. So, essentially, our trip started Friday and that’s when all the activities happened!
Explore Camden Market
We woke early and travelled to Camden market for the morning. Now this wasn’t like anything I was expecting! It was very indie and full of vegan eating places. This also happened to be where the joke of the trip took place. 2 of my guy friends bought hats for each other that they both agreed to wear for the remainder of the trip. One had a floral fedora and the other had a classic black top hat. Now the last one doesn’t seem too bad but match it with his fashion sense? It wasn’t as good as it may seem…
I can’t say I was overly impressed with the market however I am glad I went since it was a different environment to what I was used to and it really set us up for what being in London was really like!
After that, we travelled by tube to the zoo! Now, the tube… It was incredibly busy and miraculously, I managed to get a seat, however as soon as the tube started to move, this man fell completely on top of me that was definitely awkward to say the least!
London zoo. It was hugeeee! I’m so used to small zoos that this one was actually amazing!
They had a range of animals from fish to insects to farm animals! Sadly, they didn’t have my favourite animals (elephants) but they had so many others that I wasn’t too upset! We also had a talk at the zoo and it was quite an informative talk though it seemed as though it was aimed at a younger audience and the woman wasn’t too happy. She asked if we had seen any animals we really liked and someone, as a joke, piped up, “Yeah the pigeons!” Most people found it funny though the leader of this talk was quite the opposite.
I did really enjoy seeing all the animals though and I almost had butterflies land on me though like an idiot, I flinched as they got too close. This unfortunately scared them away.
We spent ages in the zoo, around 3/4 hours and after that, we went on the tube straight to Westfield shopping centre! Here we also did escape rooms. I was in a prison themed room where our group was in half and in 2 different cells though these were luckily in the same room. We had to open a locker outside of the cell while we were still in it, and we had to retrieve a spoon so the people in the other cell could unscrew 2 loose screws so they could get out. They then got a pack of playing cards out of the locker, along with a clue that we realised was telling us to slide it under the toilet. It then popped out the wall and we had to crawl through to the next room and unlock the door so the others could get in and then we had to figure out the best coding to light up the escape route.
We escaped! We did it in 41 minutes and used 0 hints. The average time was 56 minutes and 9 hints so I was very pleased with my group!
Then because we were the first group, we went back to the shopping centre and ate before getting the ice cream rolls that were big on Instagram a couple of months ago. I had mango flavour and it was amazing!
The first thing we did on Saturday was the Body Worlds. This was actually so so interesting and I really enjoyed it. The whole place was full of plasticised bodies so you could see the real human muscles and you had to wear headsets so as you went round you were told information through the the headsets and this information was also really useful, especially for biology. A lot of people found this place creepy but I wasn’t fazed by it and really learnt a lot from it.
Unsurprisingly, I was starving when we came out and my friends and I went to china town for lunch! It was so so good! I had salt and pepper squid with rice and the whole of china town was absolutely gorgeous, I wished we could have stayed longer to explore some more but we didn’t have time for that. The whole setting of it was gorgeous though and the lanterns were so pretty.
Natural History Museum
To end the day, we went to the natural history museum and it was an absolutely breathtaking place but it was also extremely busy! I could barely move and it was so warm because of this that I felt I was about to pass out so we quickly got out and found a less busy place to sit. It would have been nice to have actually stopped and looked around but the vast amount of people made it almost impossible to do that.
Although it was a slight damper, I’m also glad we had the opportunity to visit as it’s quite a big tourist attraction in London and it really tired me out ready for the bus journey.
Now I’m going to share some things that I didn’t do on that trip but still enjoy to do in London.
Watch a show on west end
I went to watch Dear Evan Hansen on West End in December and it was amazing. When I was also 10, I went to watch Hairspray in London. DEH was definitely the best show I’ve ever watched but there’s so many shows you can choose from. You can even get cheaper tickets on the day if you don’t mind standing for the duration of the show!
I loved going to Madam Tussauds when I was 16. There were so many famous faces like Kendall Jenner, Kim K and the Royal Family. There are so many photo opportunities here and I got a photo of me with Kim and Kanye on a key ring! These wax figures were so realistic that someone even asked if I’d really met them! It is a little cold in there so have a jacket but it’s not too unbearable. This is a lot coming from me (someone who’s always cold!)
Oxford street is obviously a main choice when shopping in London. Clearly this isn’t the most unheard of activity in London, but it’s definitely fun! I’d recommend saving a lot of money as there’s so many popular shops you’ll want to spend your money in. The Victoria’s Secret is huge and I spent a lot of money in there!
What do you love to do in London?