With it being my third time in London, it was amazing not having to do the touristy stuff. This time, we were able to walk around aimlessly and explore some of the more local spots.
Ben and I flew out from LAX to London on Valentine's Day. We stayed in Notting Hill and spent the first part of our trip walking around there and Portobello Road. We also spent a lot of time on Oxford Street, visiting different shops, museums, cafes and flower shops.
For a few days in our trip, we spent sometime in Yorkshire, where we visited Ben's family in Leeds, and took a quick trip to Dublin.
Notable spots: Somerset House, Soho Grind, V+A Museum, Covent Garden, Burger + Lobster, Wild Things Flowers
TASTES AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS
I had a long list of restaurants, cafes and bakeries I wanted to stop at. Some of the ones that were as good on the eyes as they were on the tongue:
Farm Girl - a charming + healthy Australian cafe in the heart of Notting Hill
Biscuiteers - A Notting Hill biscuit boutique with cakes, chocolates, cookies + icing classes
NAC - Relaxed and stylish bistro that offers French sharing plates + cocktails
Monocle Cafe - Monocle Magazine's little cafe in Chiltern Street that serves coffee, Swedish pastries, Italian wine + lunch items
Maitre Choux - Eclairs, choux + chouquettes baked by Three Michelin star experienced chef. The first + only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world
Located in Mayfair, Sketch is the coolest restaurant in London and has 5 dining rooms that are all completely unique. The most interesting thing about Sketch? The futuristic egg-shaped bathrooms.
The real happiest place on earth.
LONDON LOVES A GOOD NEON
Extra bright, I want ya'll to see this.
We stayed one short night and two days in Dublin. I really wanted to go to the Cliffs of Moher, but learned it was over 3 hours away. Instead, we made the most of the capital of Ireland. The most memorable thing about Dublin for me? The Trinity College, which made me feel like I was in the libraries of Hogwarts.