*thank you so much fat jellyfish for the amazing pictures!!
* Photos: by Frédéric Sapart
WHAT I WEAR: jacket: Zara | dress: Asos| heart bag: Zara | hat: Zara
You can see the BigBen and more London stuff in my London-Video: HERE
Typical female! They want, what they can’t have. (But honestly, I always wanted to shoot infront of the BigBen).
While I was sure that travelling was the only thing I missed in my life to be truly happy, I am more than overcharged and it’s still only May.
I had a lovely trip to Iceland. I came back for a few days and stayed in my lovely, quiet village – just for a very short break, because directly after we head for London. However, this trip started with a total mess.
Already while planning the trip I felt this pleasant, well known feeling in my stomach – less a feeling and more a premonition – that everything will go down the drain!
But I’ve been afraid of travelling (it’s even worse beeing afraid of flying, because you fear the entire trip, not only the flight) for years and that’s why I am afraid before EVERY trip and I have the feeling that – it will be terrific.
It wasn’t as bad as before my Island-travel. I couldn’t sleep for days and spent the nights crying. Nevertheless, at some point, it became as horrible as those sleepless nights.
I already told you in THIS POST, (and here is an other lovely LONDON POST) that the trip already started rough.
We woke up at 3 o’clock in the morning and the combination of the usual travel stress and tiredness was fatal. We just overlooked which airport we had to drive to – and drove to the wrong one.
Finally we noticed, as the staff welcomed us with the words, that we were at the wrong airport and I answered with tears. It was impossible to get to the next city and the right airport within 30 minutes so we booked a new ticket with bitter faces.
Our next stop was Hamburg and from there we took our 2nd flight to London, finally.
However, the following week was amazing. Contrary to our doubts, it was astonishingly calm, productive and most of all lovely!We (me and the fat jelly) stayed next to the Mile-End Station, in a neat apartment in a central location and ascertained the city all day long. It was a nice mix of working (taking pictures) and sightseeing.
We’ve travelled together for a few times now, but this trip was special and, next to Iceland, my favorite trip.
It’s quite likely I won’t write a special Touri-Tip-London-Stuff post. I try to, but in the end, I just don’t have that much time to visit those special places and eat extraordinary food or at least take pictures there, or keep those places in mind to write them down in an entry later.
And please don’t get mad at me, but I also won’t post a London haul. The simple reason is, that I don’t or rarely shop when I travel. I know, I am the WORST fashion blogger, but I just feel like I can get all those things online and I don’t want to spend double as much just because I bought it in London.
Furthermore, I travel with so much stuff and my bags are so heavy, that I fear I about adding something. 😀
Still, I will try to give you some extra hints in my weekly reviews.
Tip #1 – the train ticket:
I’ll go out on a limb and say „don’t buy yourself an Oyster Card“. I know, it’s the Touri-Tip number one to get your hands on such a ticket, but a friendly man in London told us that when we buy a regular 7-days (or longer) train ticket, we’ll not only save money, but also have 50% discount on most tourist attractions.
Ask for the tourist-leaflet! You’ll have to fill the special offers out to get the discount, but it’s easy and takes like 30 seconds. The special offer is called „2 for 1“ and we saved money during a boat tour, Madame Tussauds and the London-Eye. So it’s totally worth it.
Tip #2- the Bus Tours:
I love round trips and exploring the city in a sightseeing-bus or boat! We do at least one tour everytime we travel. In London I dipped into my purse and invited the fat jelly to the B-Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.
You combine a city tour AND afternoon tea. Is there something even more british?
You explore the city for up to 2 hours in a cute, old-school, red double decker that is lovingly decorated. You also eat the most delicious snacks, plus you drink tasty coffee, tea, kakao or even some alcoholic drinks. The drinks are for free!
EXTRA TIP: Drink the orange juice and ask for more (even food)!
We hesitated but at the end we got more than enough food – otherwise, they would throwit away…that’s what they told us.
Got angry about…:
Pack some fancy clothes! We couldn’t enter some restaurants, bars, clubs etc. just because we wore „every day-clothes“ and sneakers. Many Londoners complained about this. Seems like all those public bars, restaurants and other places are armed with doormen that won’t let you in, repeating the words „we have a dress code“.
So take some fancy clothes with you OR reserve timely.
Missed | Foodporn:
Or at least this is on the top of my „next time in London“-List! I don’t spend money on clothes while I travel BUT I spend way too much on food. You learn so much more about the culture when you try traditional food or some cool trends. There you find, and definetly taste, something that you can’t shop online!
But I missed some food trends, just because I didn’t know about them. (Definetly check out pinterest and stuff to get and update on local food trends etc).
How cool are, for example the rainbow bagels?
You get them in Brick Lane in a bagel shop. Next time you’re there, try them and tell me. 😀