Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Beginner's Guide to London

I will point out here that I am definitely, 100% not an expert with things to do with London. I've been there quite a few times for various reasons but for the first time last weekend I was in London on my own and I found myself wondering what I should do. I've done the touristy things many times (the picture above is when I went with my mum, grandma and auntie and we were classic tourists) so I didn't fancy looking at Parliament, the London Eye or Buckingham Palace but if you've never been to London you might not realise just how big London is and how easy it is to get lost when you've only been around certain parts of London.

I had till 3pm, when I was getting the train back, to fill my time and I thought that it was going to drag a lot, however, it went really quickly for me. I started my day very early and went into Cafe Nero to have a drink and read my book (I've got back into Harry Potter again so I was on the Chamber of Secrets) for an hour. Around 9.30 I got the tube to Piccadilly Circus and went to Fortnum and Mason to get some of their coffee for my mum for her birthday. I'd only ever been to the ground floor and basement of Fortnum and Mason so to my surprise, I walked up to the higher floors and found a gorgeous selection of beauty and skincare on one of the floors, if you're a beauty lover and have never been up there I would definitely recommend it, if only to browse like me.

After pretending I was rich enough to buy more than coffee for presents from Fortnum and Mason I walked back to Piccadilly Circus and up onto Regent St. I love Regent St, the shops fronts are so impressive and there are so many shop windows to look in that you can really take your time up there. I had a look in & Other Stories, I've never been in there before and I was really impressed with their makeup selection and it was so reasonably priced when compared to the prices of their clothing. I found their fragrance selection and ended up buying a beautiful little spray from there, the Floral Memento Body Mist. I had a look in a few other shops and then went into Kiko. I've liked Kiko since I went in last year and bought a few products, the only place that I can ever find their products is in London so whenever I go I have a little look in. This time I bought 2 pretty eyeshadows which were on sale at £1.40 each, a total bargain.

I walked up Oxford St which is such a long street that you could spend all day browsing. I've been wanting a smaller camera for ages now so I had a look in the big department stores for what I could get (I'm thinking the Panasonic Lumix). I can't be the only one that loves wandering around department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams, there's so much to look at and I start to imagine what I would have in my own home. I ended up at Selfridges (my favourite department store ever!) I wandered round the technology department, there's some very impressive things around there and then around the makeup aisles. Again, there's so many things to look at in Selfridges that you could spend ages in there and probably get lost a few times too!

After all the browsing I walked back to Piccadilly and got the tube back to meet my friend for lunch and surprisingly it was 1pm already. I hadn't spent a lot of money that morning but I'd still had a really nice, relaxing time. Sometimes it's nice walking around London not doing the typically touristy things. I wasn't sure whether I would feel safe being in London on my own but I did, I was fine on the tube on my own, if you're not used to the tube then there are apps that you can download that tell you what tube to get on which really helped me.

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