I have been in London for almost a month now – A MONTH, I KNOW! Time is seriously flying.. before I know it, this semester will be over, and I will be on my way back to sunny South Florida. But for now, I am enjoying living in this amazing city, and I am so lucky to have so many fun adventures.
So, what fun things have I been up to this past week?
Last Thursday (23/1/14), Mallory, Maddie, and I went to a burger place near Bond Street called Meat Liquor. We heard about the place through a Buzzfeed article called “17 Delicious Dishes Every Londoner Should Try” and made it our goal to try every thing on the list. I (along with Mallory and Maddie) love a good burger, so Meat Liquor was our first stop on the list, and it did not disappoint. I have found that Londoners LOVE burgers. There are several burger joints here: Byron Burger, GBK, and even a Shake Shack and Five Guys. I have been to them all (Shake Shack and Five Guys back in the States), and I have to say, the cheeseburger at Meat Liquor has been my favorite so far.
The burger (and the fries and onion rings) were DELICIOUS, and the atmosphere in the place was so cool – very dark with lots of bright red lights (reason why it was hard for me to get some good pictures inside!) It’s definitely a place we will be returning to!
Maddie and I live in the same flat complex, so we took a bus back home – my first time taking one! We sat on the second level, in the front row (the best seats, if you ask me) and I got some cool pictures along the way 🙂
Friday night was an interesting night, and my first time going to a club in London. A few friends of mine had heard of a bar/club called Verve that was nearby in Covent Garden. Online, it had said that it was free to get in before 10:30 pm, so we figured why not go! To our surprise, after walking all the way there (in the drizzling London rain) there was a £10 cover fee. It was raining outside, we walked all the way there, we were holding up the line, so we just paid and went in. We went downstairs where there was a DJ and dance floor and made it our goal to make the experience worth £10. We danced, laughed, photobombed lots of random British people, and overall had a good time!
Above: Maddie, Me, and Andrea at Verve (not pictured: Matty & Steve!)
On Saturday day, Kendal, Lisa, and I had a day out in Notting Hill. Most people probably know of this area because of the film Notting Hill. It is one of my favorite movies, and I actually studied it very closely last semester for my National Cinema Study class. So, I was super pumped to actually BE in the infamous Notting Hill, and it did not disappoint!
Notting Hill is not only known for the movie, but is also known for the HUGE marketplace and several shops and restaurants that line Portobello Road, the famous street in the area.
As expected, being that it was a Saturday, it was PACKED with people.
In one of the opening lines of the film Notting Hill, the main character William (played by the iconic British actor Hugh Grant) remarks that the neighborhood is like “a village in this city” and it really is just that. Below are some pictures from the various stands along the road 🙂
For lunch we stopped at a German food stand and got a bratwurst. It was DELICIOUS.
My favorite find, though, in Notting Hill was Hummingbird Bakery. As most of my friends and family know, I am a self-proclaimed cupcake addict. Back in DC, I go to Crumbs, Baked & Wired, and Sprinkles pretty often (weekly?), and to be completely honest, one of my top priorities for when I arrived in London was to find a bakery that could satisfy my cupcake cravings, and Hummingbird has done that. I got the Black Bottom Cupcake and it was AMAZING. The official description of it from the Hummingbird website is: “A decadent, dark, and dense chocolate sponge, baked with a cheesecake centre, and frosted with cream cheese frosting.”
Again, it was AMAZING, and I am going to go get like 1000 more.
We ended the day by taking a stroll through Kensington Gardens. It’s a whole 242 acres, and with the weather starting to take a turn for the worse, we didn’t get to see all of the statues and memorials situated in the gardens, but we did pass the statue of Queen Victoria, who I have read several books and watched a few movies about.
So, that’s all for now! I will be doing a bit of traveling in the next few weeks, so expect some more pictures and stories that take place outside of London! Thanks for reading 🙂