travel plans

This weekend I booked some flights to London. I’ll be heading over next June for five weeks. Mainly to visit my friend Bron who moved there earlier this year. And also because of a little festival that goes by the name of Glastonbury. Yes, you read correctly. I GOT TICKETS TO GLASTONBURY. I’ve been sitting on that one for a while now. Having exhausted the Aussie festival circuit, it was only natural that I take the next step and aim for arguably the most notorious music festival in the world. I’ll also be there for my birthday, which is an extra treat. I’ll probably be spending it absolutely exhausted though, as it’s the day after Glastonbury. Anyway, I’m just a tad (read: very) excited, and will be patiently counting down the days until June 2011. To all my readers who live in or have visited London, any advice on things to do would be much appreciated. I’m interested in anything and everything – from all the big touristy attractions to little things like quirky bars/art galleries/cafes/shops etc. If you’re a regular on this blog, then you probably already have a fair idea of the kind of stuff that I would be into. Thanks in advance to all those who answer the call!
Also, Happy Halloween! Hope you’re all getting your spook on. I went to a party last night (dressed up as Wednesday Addams) and took my Canon Sureshot camera along for the ride. Photos to come.

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  1. Megan October 31, 2010

    Glastonbury will be amazing. I am so jealous! My boss went last year and absolutely loved it (he is nearly sixty by the way haha) London is amazing, there is a delicious chocolate store called Thorntons – there is one one on Oxford street and there chocolate brownies are delicious. Also out of the touristy things going to on The Eye was probably one of my favourite things.

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  2. Vicky October 31, 2010

    Can't believe you got tickets to Glasto! Jealous, moi?
    I've only been to London a few times, but we spent most of the day in Camden, so I'd hop on the tube and go there x

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  3. Sharon October 31, 2010

    You will have the most fantastic time! And I've never ever even been to London, but I am sure of it πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your halloween photos! Sharon xx

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  4. Vicky K. October 31, 2010

    big like!! have fun!

    Vicky

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  5. LH October 31, 2010

    oh.my.god. i hate you,bastard ! WHY CAN'T I ALSO GO TO GLASTONBURY AND LONDON: ( goooosh, you luvky pig : (

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  6. Blackswan October 31, 2010

    GLASTONBURY!! that is going to be bigger than life itself haha! I so need a holiday ASAP! arrhh too much work work work!

    Looking forward to your costume get-up!

    youronlyblackswan.blogspot.com

    x Your Only Blackswan

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  7. Hannah October 31, 2010

    I think a congratulations is in order! You will love it so much! As commenter 1 said, thorntons is seriously delightful,, Sophie and I pretty much lived on their truffles. And Im pretty sure it was thorntons that sometimes has a cafe in some of their shops (anyway its one of the popular chocolate shops) and if you love chocolate you havveee to go and get one of their hot chocolates,,, preferably with chocolate icecream in it.
    But yes, youre going at the perfect time for everything touristy, i think youre smart enough to figure out that markets are a must! haha
    I dont know how much travelling youre planning on doing, but if you have a free day or two, id recommend taking a visit up to the city Bath. Its where I spent a lot of time as my family are there and its just so gorgeous to walk the streets, its like a movie 24/7. I can imagine you going absolutely nuts with your film cameras.
    And also, I recommend that if you have the $$ and the time, that you take the short trip over to Barcelona (I can recommend a hostel if you need one). But the culture and history and art (Picasso museum a must!) is the best.
    Also with travel around England, check out the National Express website and see their specials section as you can get some 5pound tickets (when the train costs 30). Mega Bus also have awesome deals.
    Goodluck! And keep us posted on your plans xxxx

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  8. VIVIENNE KONGVONGSA October 31, 2010

    LONDON?! OH MY!! I hope you have heaps of fun!!! Def take a big load of pictures! πŸ™‚

    Love,
    http://www.viviennekongvongsa.com

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  9. Hannah October 31, 2010

    How exciting!!
    I wish I had someone to subsidise my accomodation lol. One day when I'm super-rich πŸ˜€
    And I was just thinking the other day how Wednesday would be the best costume ever!

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  10. The Velvet Bow October 31, 2010

    That is so so so exciting! I've not been to London yet but in exactly four weeks I will have just arrived. I will be sure to give you a rundown when I return πŸ™‚

    Jess
    The Velvet Bow

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  11. Nicole October 31, 2010

    woah i feel like i just read the exact same plans i have! how exciting! i go tickets to glastonbury and will be vising some friends in london as well.

    bring on the european summer πŸ™‚

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  12. Jess Loves Fred October 31, 2010

    You are going to GLASTONBURY?! GOD, YOU LUCKY GIRL. I am dying of jealousy.

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  13. Jazzabelle October 31, 2010

    oh my goodness, how exciting! well i'm sure that you know that main place i will be recommending to you is the victoria and albert museum! also, you could..

    -go for a walk along southbank, you'll see big ben and the london eye along the way.

    -shop on carnaby street (near oxford street), there's lots of vintage shops.

    -definately visit the many charity shops and perhaps a car boot sale

    – go to the natural history museum and science museum which are next door to the v&a

    i hope this helps! i know i will think of more ideas soon so i'll keep updating you πŸ™‚

    xx

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  14. Lydia October 31, 2010

    I love glastonbury. Its easily my favourite of the festivals here.I would deffo reccomend brick lane in Aldgate. Its littered with loads of vintage shops. Its best to go on a Sunday when the huge vintage markets are open too. Plus you get some great food there.

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  15. chow (heart+bleecker) October 31, 2010

    i am SO envious of you right now! glastonbury??! that would be the best thing, you better take loads of pics!

    xx

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  16. head over heels October 31, 2010

    wow! sounds like you're going to have an anamzing time!
    you'll have to hit oxford street and brick lane for shopping, camden and covent garden x

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  17. curious constellation October 31, 2010

    Ohmigoodness, you lucky girl!

    I've never been to London so sadly I can't give you much advice but if you ever come out to Cape Town I could help ya out (:

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  18. citizenone5nine. October 31, 2010

    YAY for london! Im thinking of heading there next year too! Were tickets for glastonbury expensive?

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  19. Sundari October 31, 2010

    That is pretty exciting, yowza. London and Glastonbury. I still haven't managed to fork out for an Aussie music fest yet.

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  20. Amie October 31, 2010

    OMGSH GLASTONBURY! that's so exciting! oh wow
    are you going to travel around europe as well (ie paris!)? jealousy!

    x amie

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  21. Lizzy October 31, 2010

    Happy Halloween! Have an amazing day.
    I bet you're so excited! You will have a blast at Glasto x

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  22. Charlene October 31, 2010

    You will love london!! Dont really do glasto myself only really Reading and Lovebox! Glasto is huuuuge which intimidates me!!!…. Try to go to the stables market in Camden at the back once you get past the emo shops are some lovely little vintage shops……

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  23. lavelle October 31, 2010

    Oh amazing! It was really hard this year to get tickets for Glastonbury so well done!

    I don't know London very well at all, I live in northern England, but when I visited there last month we spent the afternoon in Greenwich and I have decided that is one of my favourite parts of london – there's a really nice big park, with the Royal Observatory on top of a hill. And there's an amazing food market there. All of the houses and lovely and it's just really pretty xx

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  24. cupcake October 31, 2010

    5 weeks in London! sounds amazing!

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  25. toni October 31, 2010

    omg Glastonbury!!! aaahh so cool πŸ™‚

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  26. { I V Y } November 1, 2010

    oh yay! OMFG I WANNA GO TO LONDON SO BADLY YOU HAVE NO IDEA. agh have fun babe!

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  27. C. November 1, 2010

    Now way. I just bought tickets to london, and i'm going in june 2011, spending 6 weeks there, and celebrating my birthday over there! So, i basically know exactly how you feel!!!!! So freaking excited.

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  28. A Little Brighter November 1, 2010

    I could NOT be more envious!!!! Wow! this is awesome! I'm so happy for you πŸ˜€ GLASTONBURY, man I would kill to go there. I just looked at the line up and you are the luckiest lady in the world!

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  29. Louder Than Silence November 1, 2010

    Oh well done on getting Glast tickets you lucky thing!

    I have a few tips for London too:

    – Portobello Road market on Saturday for shopping and cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery (pricey but so worth it)

    – Camden for amazing pubs with a decent soundtrack (try the Lock Tavern, Hawley Arms and Edinburgh Castle) and of course the market

    -Hampstead makes for a nice day out, walk around the pretty little village (you don't even feel like you're in London it's so cute) then take a stroll around the heath. If you're a bit daring, you can even swim in a lake (there's one for emn and one for women) and the nearby trees are full of parrots that escaped from London zoo years ago!

    – On Sunday, head to Columbia Road flower market then walk down from there to Spitalfields where there are countless stalls selling vintage goodies, food, antiques and a whole lot of other stuff. You won't regret it!

    – I think someone already mentioend it, but definitely go to the V&A and Natural History Museum in South Kensington

    Gosh I could go on but that seems like an essay! Let me know if you'd like any more tips πŸ™‚

    Sally x
    Louder Than Silence

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  30. Rachelous November 2, 2010

    How exciting for you! I've done Glastonbury twice now and it really is something special.. As for London, I recommend a little cocktail bar called Bourne and Hollingsworth where your cocktail is served in a tea cup or a jam jar. I've only just found your blog so have no real idea what you like, but it is a cute little place. Also Brick Lane on a sunday, as there are all sorts of markets for vintage, crafts and such, and amazing food. Around Waterloo there is also a bar where cats lounge around on chairs, and there is a great thai food place there. Anyway, enjoy! x

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  31. claire (jazzpad.) November 3, 2010

    Mannnn! I can recommend SO much stuff to do in London. Mainly quirky cafes and the best antique fairs (read: Lazy Daisy Cafe near Portobello Road – which is also an antique hotspot). Very exciting. And glasto! I've got tickets too! If you fancy some trans-continental company let me know jazzy β™₯

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  32. I am Vintage Lover November 4, 2010

    Lady this is super exciting! I will be going to Glastonbury myself in 2011 for the second year running. You are going to have a wild time! When you come over I can take you around for a day and show you some of the best vintage stores in London – you will melt.

    Love VL xo

    http://www.iamvintagelover.com

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  33. Little Monarch November 7, 2010

    oh I am so excited for your trip you will have a blast! London is the best place on earth. My favourite things to do

    1. Go to Broadway market on a saturday morning. It's in Hackney near London Fields. It is mainly a food market but there are great craft stall aswell. Then go have a beer at The cat and mutton. Ask for Chris. He is my old housemate.

    2. Go to the Columbia Road flower market on Sunday around lunch time. It is super busy but gives you a real feel for a proper east london market. plus there are billions of beautiful flowers to admire. Also go to Brick Lane on a sunday. It is hipster/tourist central but they have some great vintage shops and market stalls. There is a street off Brick Lane called Cheshire Street go down there for Beyond retro and other great little vintage stores.

    hmmm what else. have a picnic in hyde park or regents park or Victoria park (my fave)

    go to camden. go to the tate. do all the other touristy things and if you can go to some of the smaller festivals. Those are usually the best. HAVE FUN!

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