So finally the promised London travel diary post. It took me a while because school started again
(it sucks). I am just so exhausted when I get home. The energy in my body is merely enough for watching New Girl. But well I pulled myself together and here is the result. Oh and this is only covering the four days that I was in London (well I was in London for six days but the first day was spent eating sushi and watching Harry Potter in our apartment and the last day was of course packing up day). Our time in London was the most interesting (not counting the visit to Harry Potter studio which albeit amazing I don't feel like sharing. Might come across as my ultimate fan girl dream experience and we don't want to go up that alley do we). Okay prepare for a really photo & text loaded post! All photos were taken with my Nikon D1300, Fujifilm disposable camera or iPhone 4S.
London day 1:
On the first day Ophelia came to my apartment to meet up and after the obligatory howdy-do with my parents we left for some shopping. We went to Soho and China Town first.
In China Town there was this big 'kawaii-ish' shop with Neighbor Totoro backpack (like this one that Grimes has) which was sadly enough way overpriced but I got an amazing Doraemon watch (which is in my opinion must be one of the best Japanese anime/manga ever made) for six pounds. The thing stopped working after five weeks -insert sad melodramatic music here- but whatever- it is still Doraemon (also I would love you forever if someone bought this for me thank you very much). I must say that they had the best watches selection ever. And I regret not buying another one because they also had a Rilakkuma watch and ugh a girl can never have enough Japanese kawaii-watches right ?
We also went in one of those weird crazy Japanese photobooths, and oh my god there was so much choice in backgrounds and borders. After going through maybe a third of the options and many many many considerations we went for a Totoro, daisy/donut, Asuka/butterfly and Alicia Silverstone themed photo. I swear this was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make (except for the never ending discussion I have with myself every morning: peanut butter or or nutella on toast. #whitegirlproblems).
And after that nerve wrecking experience we found a really cute vintage magazines/pop culture poster/card/button shop on our way to Ed's Dinner. We went a bit crazy and bought ten cards or something, including a Lolita, Winona Ryder, Bob Dylan and Edward Scissorhands one, for five pounds and some really awesome 'neighborhood witch' pins. I don't have photo's of the shop but I think it was called VinMag so go find it and buy cool stuff and be happy because there are so many cool things to put on cards in this world
So after a little walk and some serious Google mapping we found Ed's Dinner, a classic 50's themed Americana dinner with the best milkshakes and floats that you can find in London. There were loads of people but we were lucky enough to find a place for two. Sadly enough we weren't able to take a look at the juke box and play a song but we had a vanilla milkshake, cherry coke float and some fries and that is normally all that a normal human being needs in pursuit of happiness, right ?
London day 2:
After that we decided to stay there and hang around at Regent's Park.
We couldn't go on the boats because we were too young but it was still really fun.
All our stuff spread out. You can see my new watch and cards
We decided to take the bus to Camden to do some charity shopping but apparently we got on the wrong bus and ended up at Hyde Park. So we went to the princess Diana memorial fountains, rested on the lawns and talked and enjoyed ourselvers. That day was kind of chaotic but it was still so much and gah Ophelia is basically an amazing person to be around and in real she's as cool as she is online.
London day 3:
Day tree was awesome! We met up with Hollie, Ellie and Rachel and Opi at Shoreditch High Street (after getting a wrong tube and almost losing my new badge 5 times) for some shopping in Brick Lane. We went to Urban Outfitters but left really quickly because everything was like meh overpriced fake vintage clothing and UO is just really problematic (I recommend reading this) so we decided to go to some vintage shops and the American Apparel Outlet.
Here is Ophelia doing her ~thing~ at a vintage store
Uhm yes people THAT IS ZACHARY FROM SWIM DEEP (trying to act cool but failed).
We met him at a random vintage store and freaked out and wow fan-girling to the max.
Sorry for my ugly face/blurry picture but everyone was unnerved by the unexpected encounter
We bought some bagels and had lunch somewhere random on the sidewalk because we are rebels.
Also how cute are Ellie, Rachel, Opi and Hollie like ugh
After we had lunch Rachel told us about this shop called East End Thrift Store where you fill a bag with clothes and just pay five pounds for it. I got this vintage American high school cheerleader skirt!
London day four:
Ella, Ophelia and I went to the London Rookie Meet up, where we crafted and chatted about important things like Alex Turner, glitter, cats and pizza.
I had some sushi again at the apartment and we left the next morning.
Well that was a lot of work. But I literally had the time of my life!
And wait, it gets better: Ophelia will be coming to Belgium in October
So expect more Instagram spam and blog posts about that soon.