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Five Days in London

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Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to spend 5 days exploring London, England, all by lonesome. It was always a dream of mine to visit London, so while on a trip to Ireland and Scotland with my boyfriend, I took a few extra days to pop over to England and take in the British experience. I thought that I would switch up this post by writing about my time spent in the famous city.

Culture: Whether it's the traditional cultural experiences of world class museums, or London's thriving markets and gorgeous parks, London is rich in culture.

British Museum: I stayed at a hostel right across the street from the British Museum, so of course I had to pay it a visit. This gorgeous building is filled with some of the worlds most important artifacts. Highlights included the Rosetta Stone (ahhh!) and Cleopatra's mummy, and really the entire Egyptian exhibit. I would definitely recommend taking a few hours to explore this amazing landmark if you are ever visiting.

Tate Modern: Since I was a high school art student, I have heard about the "coolness" of the Tate Modern, so I decided to trek across the River Thames and check it out. This contemporary museum is filled with some of the worlds greatest modern art. It is definitely a must-see. It also helped that all of London's museums are free!

National Gallery: This art lovers paradise located in Trafalgar Square is filled with works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet and Degas. It was absolutely stunning inside, and seeing Monet's Water Lillies in person made my inner art nerd very excited. 

National Gallery
Sights: London is filled with landmarks that I've dreamed of since I was a little girl. It was pretty amazing to check some of them off my bucket list.

Westminster Abbey: This was a place that I knew I had to visit. Although I didn't enjoy the 20 pound price tag, it was definitely worth it to explore one of the most historically rich places of worship in the entire world. It was a bit surreal to know that I was standing in the same building as the tombs of rulers past, the site of all of the coronations for the British Monarchy, and not to mention Kate and Williams wedding.

Westminster Abbey

Tower Bridge: Although the song goes, "London Bridge is falling down," it turns out that it's not the most famous bridge crossing the Thames. Tower Bridge, an architectural beauty, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city of London. I spent a few hours wandering along the river, crossing back and forth over this freakishly cool bridge, pretending I was Bridget Jones, of course.

Oh you know, Selfie with Tower Bridge
Hyde Park: Home to famous landmarks such as Speaker's Corner and Kensington palace, Hyde Park is a beautiful spot to get lost in. I spent a few hours wandering around and reading by the fountains. It was obvious that this is a popular spot for the city-dwellers to escape in the summer.

Shopping: London, although expensive, is an amazing place to shop. It has a combination of big brand names and lovely independent shops.

Primark: Whenever I told people that I was going to London, they said, "You'll love Primark!" And I have to admit they were right. Although overwhelming and not the best quality, this gigantic low-price department store is filled with cute clothes, trendy shoes and pretty much anything else you could want. I purchased a couple of things while at the Oxford St. location and they actually ended up being some of my favourite purchases of the whole trip! Including my Tweety Bird PJs.

Space NK: Another shopping favourite of mine during the trip was Space NK in Soho. This store is a beauty lovers dream. Brands stocked include: NARS, Antipodes, By Terry, Kevin Aucoyn, and many more. They lovely ladies who worked there were nice enough to give me a bag full of samples once I told them I was from away. Because the prices are a bit on the "need to be a millionaire to afford them" side, I only ended picking up one item (By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow in Misty Rock), but I wish I could have purchased everything!

Highlights: London was a pretty freakin' cool experience and there were a few things that stood out.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: I was lucky enough to snag a last minute ticket to see this play based off of the amazing novel by Mark Haddon. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I left the Gielgud Theatre feeling quite mind-blown. If you ever have the chance to see the play, you'll know what I mean. Click here for a little preview.

Meeting Lily Pebbles and ViviannaDoesMakeup: If you are a beauty/internet nerd like I am, than you will appreciate how incredibly excited I was to meet Lily and Anna at a NARS event in Space NK, by total fluke. I was wandering around London about to head back to my hostel, when I saw on Twitter that they would be having a meeting greet at the shop nearby. I pathetically ran (literally ran) as fast as I could in hopes that they would be there. Lucky for me, they had just arrived and were having a discussion with one of the NARS beauty reps as I interrupted with gushes of praise. I'm fairly certain I said, "I can't believe this is real!" multiple times and turned beet red - and I'm fairly certain they thought I was a bit crazy! But they were so sweet and lovely, not to mention absolutely stunning. Thanks for being so nice to my fan-girl self, ladies.

History: I know this seems a bit generic, but really it was the historical significance of the city that stood out to me the most. Every street was bursting with culture and a history that spans centuries.
London truly is the perfect mix of old and new.

- Oh, and the accents.

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