I hoped to be consistent and post yesterday, but it was one of the busiest days in our adventure in London. That’s because (*squeals with glee*) the day started off with an early morning bus ride to Paddington Station, where we met our favorite world traveler Janell. After breakfast with Janell in Hyde Park, a surprise (for me!, Jonathan planned it) trip to the oldest bookstore in London, lunch at the National Gallery, and class, I finally got back to the flat and had used all my brain power for the day. 😉
ANYWAY. While we were having breakfast with Janell, she asked what each of our favorite place in London is so far. So I thought I’d take it upon myself to list MORE of my favorite places.
Without further ado.
1. The moment on the 3 bus when the bus turns out of a south London high-rise neighborhood to a bridge over the Thames and you can see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye as you cross over.
2. Hyde Park, anywhere. I love nature when it’s surrounded by urbanity for that very contrast, and Hyde Park is huge and beautiful. (I will mention, however, that there are loads of geese, which I loathe. Why are some of them so tall?)
3. While we’ve only been there once, I really like St. Paul’s cathedral, specifically during Evensong. There’s just something about Evensong that resonates with me. So old and so untouched. Maybe it’s the consistency that I long for.
4. Roasted Bean, the new coffee shop in our neighborhood. I wrote my first paper there over the last two weekends and their coffee game is legit. We don’t have a way to make anything other than instant coffee (though that changes when Jonathan gets back from Argos today!), so their real coffee has been a treat every weekend.
5. Probably just for the Christmas season, but currently I’m into Regent Street near Piccadilly. The lights are up! Christmas is here! It’s festive and happy and all the stores have holiday displays in their windows. It’s the one year I’ll start celebrating Christmas in November.
When I’m feeling homesick for Philly, I tend to think about these places to remind that London is pretty cool too. And there are still so many places we haven’t visited yet. In two months I could have a completely different list. 🙂