Tuesday, September 6, 2016

London Loving

As some may know, I am a lover of travel. If I have any opportunity to get up and GO I gladly take it. Some may also know I spent some time living and working (interning) in London this last year. It was the absolute time of my life so I've decided to dedicate a blog post to some of my favorite London memories, spots and eateries. 

This month marks one year since leaving for London so I found the time quite fitting. Enjoy! (And sorry in advance for the overload of photos!) :) 

This is day one in London at Trafalgar Square. As you can tell, it was a gorgeous day. Part of the trouble with London in the fall and winter is battling between wanting to go out and walk and dealing with the wind and rain. Despite I always chose to be outside. 

I think this is my favorite photo from my time in London. I love the view of the Tower Bridge behind me. Many people mistakingly think this is the London Bridge because of the famous children's nursery rhyme. No, it is not, and the London Bridge is an entirely different bridge... and a little less picturesque. 

The gorgeous Natural History Museum. Definitely worth a visit and a picture. The museum is free, but donations are appreciated. This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings in London and located in South Kensington--one of my favorite places to visit, eat and shop! 

This photo was taken not far from where I lived in London. I lived not too far from The Shard. Take the trip to the top to see the most spectacular views. You won't regret it! 

If you are visiting London around Christmas time do NOT miss out on a trip to Carnaby Street! The decorations are incredible. Some of the cutest shops are located here, and you can also pop into Kingly Court to have some of the best food in town. (Picture below) 

This photo is at Kingly Court. It is this incredible two story pavilion with many different restaurants (all amazing). My favorites were Señor Ceviche and Pizza Pilgrims--definitely get their Nutella Donut dessert. It is literally to die for! 

This photo is of my personal favorite place, Covent Garden. So many amazing shops and restaurants are located in and around this incredible place. The ceiling of it is often decorated with beautiful design, many times as an art exhibit. A lot of action happens around here and so many West End shows are just around the corner. 

A photo from the awesome Millennial Bridge! 

Two different views of Parliament. Fun fact: did you know Big Ben is the name of the bell in the clock tower and not actually the name of the tower or clock. The tower is actually called "Elizabeth Tower." 

Sunsets in London were also incredible. Loved seeing all the different colors reflecting off the clouds after the rain had cleared. 

This photo was taken from a window at the Tower of London. I would highly recommend visiting it. So much incredible history took place behind these walls. You can also see the Crown Jewels!--Which ALL GIRLS LOVE!! You can also have a tour of the Tower by Beefeaters who actually still live there. It's pretty awesome! 

Meet my sweet friend, Daniella! We were flatmates in London and became fast friends. She lives in New Jersey and I miss her seriously SO MUCH! We had so much fun exploring the city together! Can't wait to visit her in November!! <3 

I got some awesome visitors in London including these two fun friends! We took a lot of risky pictures in the middle of the street at Piccadilly Circus. 

Also--my British friend, David. He's just an actor on West End, NBD!! He's seriously one of the kindest-hearted and best people I have ever known. Without him I wouldn't have seen, eaten or experienced half the things in London that I did! xx Miss you! 

So about work... I interned at THE BEST company in the whole world. I'm convinced. I got my degree in PR so I worked at a PR entertainment firm called Premier in the Home Entertainment department. I can't even begin to go into how much I learned. But I can definitely say it was an unforgettable experience, and I think about my time there everyday. I loved what I did and who I worked with. Here are two of my work friends, Annie and Emily! <3 

Buckingham Palace is gorgeous. Go see for yourself. 

Here is a view of London and Parliament from the London Eye. I think I went on it like 4 times while I was there because I just could not get over how gorgeous the view is. You can see the entire city. 

And here is Notting Hill. The shops and colorful buildings and homes are second to none. If you're like Daniella and me, you may just spend the afternoon looking for Hugh Grant and the door from the house in the Notting Hill film! 

London is an amazing city. The history, culture and architecture is unlike any other place. My time there was absolutely unforgettable, and I really think about it all the time. I wish I could go back in time and relive everyday over again. 

I know I didn't even begin to scratch the surface of everything you can do and see in London, but if you are planning a trip and have any questions or would just like to hear suggestions please feel free to reach out! I love getting to talk about my time there! I'm already planning a trip back! 


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