england-dreams asked: Hello dear! I'd love to get in touch with my followers more, so I thought it would be great to know your name and hear about your top 5 London or England moments ❤️
I love this question! I had trouble narrowing it down to five moments.
Then I wrote so much that I have to break it down into smaller posts because it’s super, super long.
1. My First Day In London
The first time I went to London (four years ago) started as a bit of a disaster. We landed at Heathrow late afternoon, and took the tube into London right at rush hour. The car was empty when we started, but quickly filled as we got closer to the center of London. I didn’t fully understand that if you have a giant suitcase you shouldn’t sit in the middle of the car in the Tube, and kind of got stuck there because we couldn’t get through the crowd to exit at the Gloucester Road station with the giant suitcase.
When we finally did get out, and exited at the wrong station, I was struggling to get my suitcase up the million flights of stairs and I must have looked pitiful (I am not a large person), because a man came by and grabbed it from my hands. He was just being helpful, but I was pretty sure he was stealing my bag, and was internally panicking. Thankfully, I didn’t yell out at him or anything and gave him hearty thanks when we reached the top. Apparently, I would be very easy to steal from because I did not question him.
Then, when we finally made it to the hotel (Best Western Cromwell Rd) they had lost our reservation. The last thing you want after traveling across the world for the first time is to find out you don’t have a place to stay or a bed to sleep in. I had the paperwork with the confirmation number, and they eventually found a room for us, but we had to sit in the lobby and sweat it out for an hour.
At this point it was late and I was exhausted from the traveling, and the stressing, so we got a quick dinner and tucked in for the evening.
But the next day… Oh, the next day. This is when I discovered just how glorious London is. There is an energy in the air that I can’t begin to describe. It’s a city that’s constantly moving, but so much of it is unchanged. There is so much history and rich architecture mixed with new and exciting things. It’s such a cliché, but London made me feel alive in a way I hadn’t before. I had a sense of belonging, because London is a city that accepts everyone from all walks of life, regardless of where you’re from or who you are. My first day there was nothing extraordinary, but it felt that way to me.
We started with a trip to the Natural History Museum, which I liked, but my boyfriend loved immensely. It was crowded, but still awesome.
Then we walked to Hyde Park, and saw Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert, the Serpentine, etc. We also saw the largest swans I have ever seen in my life (and no, I don’t know this woman, but she shows the scale of the swans.)
After our long walk around the park, we went back to the hotel to change for the night, and then walked down the street to Harrods. Harrods, for those of you who haven’t been, is a magical wonderland. We wandered around the store for a very long time, and then ate sushi in the food hall.
After, we found a pub and settled in for the evening. We had a few pints and made a few friends. There is nothing like the bar environment in London.
This day is one of my strongest and fondest memories of London because although the first night in London wasn’t the greatest, the first day changed my life in many ways. Now I have what some might call a “problem” and an “obsession” with the UK.