the best of…London!

by Holly on November 16, 2011

in London,rambling,travel

I find it excruciatingly hard to sum up my travel experiences.

To have to choose a handful of photos when you took more than 350 of them…to have to attempt to put into coherent sentences how joyfully happy you are to have attended the wedding of one of your best friends in London…to find a way to weave together the seemingly unrelated day-to-day sightseeing and eating excursions…to put into words the hilarity of your mother highkicking like a medieval ninja on the pulpit of the Tower of London…it’s really hard.

The meet-ups!

Starting with fellow blogger Kristen, who lives in Madrid but came to hang out with me for the day in London. She is even sweeter, funnier and more lovely than she seems on her blog. Needless to say, we had a deliciously good time.

It’s really so lovely to meet-up with other bloggers…especially in Europe. I mean, it just sounds so tres chic to wander one of the world’s largest cities thrift shopping vintage stores in Notting Hill, devouring scones with redcurrant rhubarb vanilla jam, walking (lots of walking), talking (lots of talking) enjoying a squash curry at a Thai restaurant in Soho and grabbing a pint at a random pub with somebody you’ve never met.

And no…I promise it wasn’t creepy. Kristen’s legit.

Upon my suggestion we attend the Jukebox the Ghost concert that night, Kristen happily obliged my music-loving self. It’s a good thing she did, because on our way, we discovered a local, organic cafe and food shop in Camden called My Village Cafe. Nutella Cake…need I say more?

The breakfasts!

I. Love. Breakfast. Proper BLTs with fried eggs and thick English bacon, Giddy Giraffe smoothies (lime, mint, papaya, orange and pineapple), spelt crackers with English cheddar + prosciutto slices…and most importantly, the best brunch of the whole trip.

With cafe americanos…because in Europe, regular drip coffee isn’t the easiest to come by.

The history!

As an American and the product of a country barely more than 200 years old, it is fascinating to me the vast history seeped into every corner of cities like London. Mama E, Daddy E + I pounded some serious pavement and in the process, found ourselves walking between Kensington Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and the National Gallery (<- that’s a lot of walking, trust me).

With every right and left…every twist and turn…there is history around you.

And if all that walking leads you to a slice of clotted cream + lemon curd cheesecake and the Broadway show Wicked, then the wrenching pain searing through your feet at the end of the day will be worth it. Promise.

The wedding of Diana and Andrew!

There is no greater happiness than seeing one of your best friends truly happy. And marrying a funny, nice, caring and hilarious Brit who you really like…and who Mama E now has a crush on.

And the food!

Don’t go thinking for a second I forgot about all the food…this IS a food-centric blog, after all.

I will admit that the best meal we ate in London went completely unphotographed, which is honestly kind of how I like it. I treated Mama E and Daddy E to dinner at Ottolenghi as an early Christmas present, and it was probably the best idea I’ve ever had in my life: butternut squash, fresh fig + feta salad, seared scallops with cauliflower fritters in the most delicious curry sauce of my life (<- I wanted to drink it straight) and a pumpkin cheesecake with crunchy, caramelized bits on top.

But the fish and chips weren’t too shabby either…English cider included.

Cheerio London…until we meet again!


Kathryn November 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

I love seeing London through the eyes of other people! And that top picture…it’s just absolutely London!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

Looking at all this makes me hate and love you all at the same time. It’s like my mind can’t make up it’s mind. So jealous.

sarah (sarah learns) November 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

it looks like you had a fabulous trip! this makes me want to dust off the old suitcase and go on an adventure!

Abby November 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

I’m not into travel, but if you ever come to Michigan, we are SOOO staging a pretend Royal Wedding, starring in our own version of “Wicked” and eating/drinking all kinds of things you can take pictures of that I can steal to put on my blog and try to look cool and professional.

Bring Mama E. I have a feeling our moms would get along swimmingly.

Whit November 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

you’re adorable. your friend made a beautiful bride & london looks amazing. fish & chips!!!

elise November 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

aw…yeah for meeting up w kristen!!
and you saw wicked! so awesome. its definitely my fave show ever ever ever.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

That looks like so much fun! And the breakfast crepe – who says the English can’t cook?!

Elizabeth November 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I adore London and it looks/sounds like you had an amazing time! And your parents are too cute! :)

Addy November 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

AH, major travel jealousy happening this morning! Your trip to London looks amazing- I think I will forever be unsatisfied with my breakfasts now :( Thanks for the awesome recap! P.S. Holly, you have the coolest hair EVER. The end.

lo November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

SOOOOOOO JEALOUSSSSSSSS !!! I cannot wait until my European adventure!!
And nutella cake? I wish the US was as on top of it as England…I want some now :)

MacKensie Gibson November 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

This is amazing. You are awesome and I cannot wait to go back to England one day. Love the wedding photos, too funny.



sofia November 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

you make english food look appetizing – i have heard such negative things. kudos.

yayyy for good friends finding happiness, and celebrating that :) glad you had a lovely time. now when’s this new york trip happening, huuuuh? :)

Mary November 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

You are making my heart hurt, lady. I haven’t been back to London since I left after my semester abroad almost two years ago and I miss it so much I can’t stand it! Plus, that plate of proper fish & chips looks so good I am thisclose to licking my screen. True story.
Glad you had such a great trip :)

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo November 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Awesome trip recap! I love how available the theater is there; when I went last summer, I ended up seeing a show every night/day (including freshly baked cookies to sneak in as a snack…).

So glad you had fun! And the nutella cake looks amazing. You should totally recreate it. Just saying… ;-)

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport November 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

SO.MUCH.FUN! Love the re-cap!

You’ll have to tell me all about where you found shoes for that rockin’ wedding dress… and I’ve been rockin’ myself to Jukebox the Ghost – thank you youtube.

I’ll meet you in London anytime! But something tells me our next adventure just might be on the west side of the Atlantic! :))

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I need to go there. Thank you for the awesome pics! Both here and on IG. Have loved it!

Megan (Braise the Roof) November 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

And they say that there’s no good food in England. ;) I think the history is one of my favorite things about visiting Europe. Even when I was living abroad, I couldn’t get over the fact that the buildings I passed were there for things that happened many centuries ago.

Charlotte November 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Now you have got me reminiscing! How I want to go back… Looks like you made the rounds and had a jolly ol’ time!

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Ah I would LOVE to go to London, haha or ANYWHERE in Europe! You’re lucky to have traveled so much!

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Nutella cake. Wow. I can practically SEE the richness of that slice. Mmmmm.

Hillary November 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Oh, I’m sorry. I kind of lost you at “Nutella cake.”

amanda November 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

dude, i want to go to london. one day. sigh. one day.

um, how super fun meeting up with another blogger! that’s awesome. i think it’s so neat, the little community of bloggers.

brandi November 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

it sounds like the best. trip. ever. :)

when can WE go?!?

lynn @ the actor's diet November 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

woah european blogger meetups – epic!
and i love your yellow scarf…

Pure2raw twins November 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

looked like the perfect trip!!
love London! next I want to go with ya ;)

Emily November 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

Glad you had such a great time! All that food looks delicious. Full English breakfast ftw! Also I have never had Nutella cake and I do not understand why… must. have. some. NOW!
Such sweet words about your friend’s wedding, she’s lucky to have a friend like you who will travel so far for her, and be so truly happy for her happiness :)

Mackenzie November 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

um um UMMMM! next city you go to a pub with someone youve never met before needs to be boston! i mean, COME ON NOW. love your sassy adventures, soul twin!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef November 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Reading this just makes me want to hop on a plane and visit YOU… LOL :) Not creepy, I promise! Is your reception dress from Antrho? I think it is and I <3 it! Glad you had an amazing trip and you are back safe and sound… even if you are crazy busy now.

Susan November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I bet Jukebox the Ghost was awesome! I saw them in Pburgh in August (or was it July?). They are rad.

Your trip looks awesome. I would love to go to London some day. All the history, the cute blokes, the brunches…

And congratulations to your friend!

Elise Franco November 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

Oh…. How I love London. You may find it excruciating to put your London journey in detail but it sure look amazing. The food, the event and everything about it is just perfect. Thanks for sharing this with your readers.

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland November 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

I officially miss London even more and will now spend the majority of the weekend going through all of my photos from 2008. :) It looks like you had a wonderful trip, and your friend’s wedding dress is GORGEOUS! I’m having dress lust! haha

Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

Just makes me all the more excited for our impending trip to Argentina…

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

More pictures! I want to go!!!! Everything looks freaking amazing!!!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes November 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

Love these snapshots of your London adventures! And the best food (and parts of my life) seldom make it to my blog either… :)

janetha November 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

London is my favorite city. Well, that I’ve ever been.. there may be cities I love more, I just don’t know it yet. Thanks for sharing your adventures so I can live vicariously through you <3

Nicola November 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

God I miss London…and I’ve only been away 2 months. I moved to Amsterdam though so it’s not all doom and gloom!

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