I went to London for a week and I FELT in LOVE with the charming London! From day 3 as I toured the city during my morning runs, my heart moved and felt deeply in love with the city. It is so historical, charming, good balance of history, modern, nature. Even the colour mix looks just perfect.
I stayed at Hampton by Hilton in Waterloo and that was a mile away from London Eye. I got to see it everyday. so beautiful.
the highlight of my day was my morning runs as I got to visit different sites everyday
here’s the balcony that Churchil declared the end of WWII, now being part of the Revenue and Custom authority
Although london is a very busy city, it has plenty of public parks, this one is part of the loyal garden parks
here’s the famous London Bridge… the very same one from the “london bridge falling down” 😉
the next day I run through it
another great thing about London is that most of tourist sites are close by. One day, i just passed by Harry Porter museum.
after I spent some time in the British Museum
I also visited the London School of Economics. What a lovely place to study economics.
in our last day in London, we went outside and visited Hampton Court Place, where Henry VII lived.
a very funny garden
Now into FOOD. I’ve so many horrible things about London food so I had expected very low. Here’s a snapshot of breakfast food being offered in the hotel. The first day wasn’t too bad. I had few spoon of the oatmeal (cooked in milk so it felt gross to me), toast with PB, baked bean (way too sweet), fruits and weetabix that I got for snack later. This was okay for 1 day but 6 days.. I couldn’t do it. I skipped breakfast on last day.
we were offered sandwich in one of the lunch meetings. The vegetarian version had cheese and jam. Couldn’t do it.
but if one explores outside, there are plenty of options for vegan eaters. I just walked around and when I get hungry, I look at HappyCow app and go to the nearest place. This place was buffet and charged by weight.
I had an assorted dishes that were just okay… too salty for me
one of the best meal I had was at an italian restaurant close to the Hampton court palace. As I glanced through the menu, there was nothing vegan. So I almost gave up and was willing to settle with some bread, then I asked, can you make the vegetarian pizza without the cheese? The lady immediately responded: so you want a vegan pizza. YES! I gave a big smile. Not only she knew what vegan was, the pizza was delicious!!! I ate 2/3 of it and was so satisfied with my food.
And my friend treated me at french restaurant, a vegetarian tasty menu. Way too fancy.
the food despite being super expensive (85 pound for one), I didn’t like it much because it was super rich (a la french) and had cheese in many dishes so i passed them to my friend. But I did enjoy a lot catching up with my friend.
I got a flu on Thursday/Friday… headache followed by fever, so I didn’t run on Friday and Saturday. But I gathered my strength, popped a pill, and went to Notting Hill on Saturday morning as I had an evening flight.
the Portobello market was fully packed!
and got to meet with an old friend from Argentina. It was nice catching up with her and enjoyed the avocado toast.
that concluded my trip to London. I will definitely go back soon. 🙂