Sisters in London
After Amsterdam, I met up with two of my sisters - Audrey and Claire - who were studying abroad in Europe. We decided to meet in London and stayed the weekend in an Airbnb in Paddington. The Airbnb wasn't our favorite but the location was amazing. I've heard mixed things about Paddington but it's right by Hyde Park, the Marble Arch, Notting Hill and a few tube stations. I would definitely stay in that area again.
London was as magical as ever. It was HOT and the tube was cramped but there is something about the British accents, the fish and chips, the cute black taxis, the tasty cocktails... that makes it a city I'll always want to go back to (and I rarely say that!).
We started off at Dandelyon, a cocktail bar rated #1 in the world. The interior was gorgeous - lots of velvet (digging all the velvet in Europe), gold and modern/boho vibes. We had the Wyld Tea which is such a fun idea - it's a cocktail-pairing take on the classic English afternoon tea. We had various small sandwiches, delicious tea, yummy scones and four different cocktails that matched each course (we napped afterwards).
Before the nap, we walked over to the famous Borough Markets where we saw delicious foods, flowers and alcoholic drinks for sale. We loved seeing it but unfortunately we were too full to try anything.
After a little rest, we headed to dinner at The Shed in Notting Hill. It was hilarious because the host was actually sitting next to us on the tube earlier that day. He introduced himself and we had a good laugh - what are the odds of that happening among the millions of people in London? Also The Shed had the most amazing food. We did a tasting menu where you get to try all 10 of their favorites dishes for only 25 pounds. From pan-fried goat cheese to grilled lamb, they were all unreal. And we even had their homemade wine which was surprisingly good as well. If you're ever in London, I highly recommend making a reservation here.
The next day we went to Covent Garden - this area is beautiful and where I actually wanted to stay if we hadn't booked everything the week before... (I'll stay there next time!). We shopped, ate a tasty lunch and people-watched. We even made the long hike to Tower Bridge.
That night we went to drinks at The Luggage Room - a hidden bar in Mayfair with fabulous cocktails categorized by the decade. We were there early so the bar was empty but from what I understand, it's "happening" in the evening. After, we went to see Book of Mormon which was an amazing show. It's a bit sensitive so if you can't laugh at stereotypes, I wouldn't recommend it. But the singing was incredible and we enjoyed seeing Brits play Americans.
Before our short weekend ended, we adventured in the rain to Hyde Park, the Marble Arch and Kensington Gardens. Luckily we had been to London before so we didn't have to squeeze in Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (which is under construction for the next five years!) or other tourist attractions. We were mainly there to see each other and the plus was getting to experience London together as adults verse us 10 years ago (see below).
Stay tuned for the next stop on Paige's European adventure: Maastricht, Netherlands.