Monday, May 23

Adventuring: London


This Easter was the second time I visited the Glorious City of London. And it was just as spectacular as it was three years ago. Much like Ireland, England's weather is "okay" and can be very unpredictable. So I decided to bring a bit of every type of clothing. In the end, it was that nice dry crispness with enough warmth to be comfortable walking around and enough coolness to cuddle up in a wooly coat. I did a lot of planning for this trip (... well I do a lot of planning anyway. I have a serious addiction to writing lists ) but it turns out you need a LOT of time, especially for museums. They are just so goddamn beautiful. In Three words London is:

Diverse
Tall
Buzzing

Museums

The National Gallery: As always this is my favourite museum in the world. I love art and taking the time to walk around this magical building is a wonderful experience. It brings me peace and calm to sit and look at a painting, wondering who this artist was, where was he when he was painting this and why did he paint it. Did it make him happy to work away perfecting a picture or had he seen something so inspiring it kept him up all night trying to paint it? As they say a picture can paint a thousand words.

The National History Museum: This museum was my Boyfriend's favourite place we saw in London. It's a really fantastic day out for anyone. Full of dinosaurs, reptiles, mammals and butterflies, it's so much fun to see everything in there enormity up close.

The British Museum: I found it amusing that they called it the British Museum when mostly everything I saw did not come from Britain. Cool glass ceiling in the main area, it's so bright.

Victoria and Albert Museum: Unfortunately we only got to spend a little bit of time here. It was surprisingly a lovely museum! There is SO much stuff to see, everything is cluttered together. I would recommend going here.


Tourist Sights

Madame Toussaudes: Aside from everything Harry Potter, this was undoubtedly by favourite sight. It's a lot of fun taking pictures with the wax models and trying to use snapchat filters on them. The marvel cinematic experience was brilliant! And the Star Wars part was fantastic!

London Eye: It takes a half hour on the London Eye as well as the long queues. It's nice to be on it once and the view is lovely but it's not something I'll come racing back for.

Tower Of London: Britain sure likes beheading. The beefeaters tour was interesting and rather fun. Didn't get to see the Crown Jewels as the queue was way too long but I think I may return sometime.

Bus Tour and Boat Ride: It's a nice way to gain knowledge of the city and see it above ground rather than the tube. I'm a big fan of bus tours because you're not worrying about tube maps and figuring out where to go and how to get there.

Warner Brothers Studios: I could do a whole post on this MAGICAL place. Seeing all the props and costumes up close just makes Harry Potter so much more real. <3 Everyone needs to visit here. And the shop there is just out of this world. I can't begin to explain the emotions that run through you when you enter the building. Seeing the chess pieces on the way in or the Harry Potter posters on the busses, it makes you well up with such pride and a feeling of home.

Shops and Food

Disney Store: Not as big as I expected. I mean it is London, two floors seems small. Then again it is Disney so naturally it was still brilliant! My boyfriend bought me Tigger and Piglet <3

Forbidden Planet: I felt so cool and nerdy in here. It's full of marvel, comics and manga. Expensive shop but any nerdy guy or girl will love it.

Platform 9 and 3/4: I don't think I need to explain how uberly awesome this place is!!! It has 2 shops now. I wanted to buy EVERYTHING. But I held my head high and only picked up some Berty Botts Every Flavour Beans.

Paperchase: I am a MASSIVE stationary Fanatic! And this place was just HEAVEN. I even have a loyalty card for there now even though I don't think I'll be in London for another few years.

National Gallery Cafe: We had some cream Tea here and it was absolutely lovely. Very expensive but well worth it.

Fish and Chips: DELICIOUS! Got some outside Tower of London.









Have you been to London? 
Where in the world is your favourite place?

Adventure is out there!
Marian  xxx

4 comments:

  1. LONDONNNN! London calling eh? It's certainly calling me. This post made me very happy (especially your bizarrely long description of the weather, which made me smile!). THE NATIONAL GALLERY IS MY FAVOURITE TOO. That paragraph was beautiful. I've only been once but like DANG. I saw this incredible exhibition called Inventing Impressionism and I loved it so much. It consecrated my love for Pissarro. When there I also fell in love with Canaletto. And I saw a gorgeous 19th c. painting of Venus rising from the sea with ginger pit hair and it was the first time I was really like "wait but why DO we have to shave our armpits?!" I can't remember who it was by, I just googled for a while but mostly got pictures of Venus Williams >.<

    Anyway love love love that museum! Also the V&A. Have you read the Threads trilogy by Sophia Bennett? They just, like, hang out in the V&A in those books. So jealous!

    ALSO you were with the Boyfriend eh?! I love how he gets a capital letter XD

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    1. YUSSSS! Thanks, I really do love the weather. It's a fascinating form of magic that is talked about often but never with enough enthusiasm and interest. OH That Gallery is just BEAUTIFUL! Can I live there?! Please?! That experience sounds fascinating. I actually had a discussion the other day with someone about shaving armpits and underarms etc. and I am much on the feminist side that it should be a personal choice and not one that is judged (as my friend was doing so). Hairy legs is not something to be disgusted by! It's totally natural. And if someone chooses to not shave then good for them, I admire them for being true to themselves.

      No I have not read those books but any character who hangs out in that hip place has got my vote.

      .....yus :p I caPitalISE random letters okay?!! it'S so uNfaiR To the LeTtERs in tHe mIddLe ;)

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  2. Believe it or not I've live in London but I haven't got to go to Madame Tussaud's yet 😁
    I LOVED VISITING AND SEEING ALL THE HARRY POTTER PROPS AND MAGICNESS *all the feels*
    I have gone to most of these though and i must say, these are good picks! You made the most of your time in London! Next time, maybe visit The London Dungeons and Sealife Aquarium! 😉❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Laila
    www.lailabee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. WHAT?! But it's so close to you?!! You HAVE to go there. Right nOW. GO! And also may I say, how jealous I am that you live in London....!
      That place is indescribable!!!! <3
      *agrees*
      I certainly packed my days full. I would like to visit the London Dungeons but in truth I am a wimp and the thought makes me cry :o
      Thanks for stopping by Laila! ^_^

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