Last Sunday, while we were watching the London Marathon on TV, I couldn’t stop thinking about our last trip to London, of which I haven’t told you everything yet. But, please, don’t think I’ve forgotten about it. Of course I haven’t! I have actually been editing the rest of the pictures and committed to my tumblr and instagram accounts, where you will be able to find more pictures. I know, I know! I am hung up on the photography for blogs world, which I find fascinating. I still have so much to learn…
But let’s get back to the point, that is, our trip… As you were able to read, the first two days we mostly hung around Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Southbank.
On the weekend, it was the markets’ turn. We felt like going to Portobello, which is one of the biggest antique markets in the world, and also one of the most famous markets in London. In addition to antiques, you will also be wondering around food, clothes and many other varied stalls. To get there we decided to take a walk first through Hyde Park, from where we headed to Notting Hill. Then we took Portobello Road, from which the market takes its name. We walked the whole street, up and down, until Ladbroke Grove. And we did buy, of course we did!
In the afternoon we walked in the opposite direction, determined not to use any means of transport but our very own legs. There is nothing better than to walk, walk and walk around London. From Marble Arch we crossed along Oxford Street until we reached Oxford Circus. Then we walked around Carnaby Street and Chinatown. This was our unplanned itinerary. And this was also a soiree devoted to our friends living in London (it was so great to see you again!).
We ended up crossing the Thames River one more time and we did the Southbank walk up to London Bridge once more. But this time it was at night and through the sights of the London lights. We had dinner at Bill’s Clink Street, and after that we walked back again up to Hyde Park, believe it or not. London is just such a magnificent scenery that it was worth wearing out our shoes and forget about our Oyster card.
Sunday was cloudy and rainy, but we still decided to cross Hyde Park up to Hyde Park Corner.
We discovered by chance Shepherd’s Market, a very pretty and picturesque small square with a variety of boutiques, restaurants and Victorian pubs. It is very close to Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London’s Mayfair.
From Piccadilly we went up Regent Street, one of my favourite streets in London, as it is one of the first places I went to the very first time I set foot in this city. I still remember the feeling: I was astonished by its impressive architecture.
We had the typical Sunday brunch at Heddon Street Kitchen, one of Gordon Ramsay Group restaurants. I promise I will tell you about this experience very soon.
Some more shopping in Oxford Street… and back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and go back to the airport. We took the Heathrow Express from Paddington, which I hardly recommend as it makes the travel a lot shorter and quicker, but mainly thanks to the workers, because thanks to them, we were able to fly as we had left the bag which had our passports in, on the train! We are very forgetful, it’s true, but I think that what happened was that we wanted to remain in England. We are comforted with the idea of coming back soon as we always manage to find the perfect excuse to be back again.