When I booked my flight to London I had no idea that I’d be coming at such an opportune time. The Monday after I arrived was the first day of Wimbledon. My friend Bron lives only a short walk away from the tennis courts so it was definitely on our to-do list. We started queueing at about 8.30am and managed to get into the courts by 11am. The two hours of queuing passed fairly quickly thanks to some morning coffees, snacks, and a year’s worth of catch up chat. In the first photo you’ll notice that we got given a queue card – they take their queuing very seriously in England (lol). It was a nice day out and quite a novelty to be somewhere that I had only ever seen on television. We managed to spot Novak Djokovic on the grounds, and even made it to centre court to see the Andy Murray match (thanks to MORE queuing at the ticket resale point). But the definite highlight of my day was something that happened while we were queuing for resale tickets. Brace yourselves, because… I SAW NOEL FIELDING AND HE WAS WEARING GOLD SHOES AND IT WAS AMAZING. If you don’t know who Noel Fielding is, google The Mighty Boosh and educate yourselves. Then we can talk.
These are just a few photos that didn’t really fit into any other posts. This will probably be the last of the travel posts – or until I get my last roll of Diana film developed, anyway. After Berlin it was back to London for a few more days before heading home. The extra time in London was spent catching a few more sights that I missed the first time round as well as doubling up on old favourites such as the Camden Markets and the V&A Museum. Although, when I got back home I realised I had missed something monumental (to me, anyway), and that was a trip to Liberty! Cue facepalm. The first photo is actually of a little courtyard in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Isn’t it adorable? I want to call it home!
A must-do when you’re in London is a trip to Camden Markets. If not for the markets, then for the food (so much food! If only I had three stomachs). The first time I went (yes, I went more than once) was on a weekday, so it was relatively quiet. ‘Relatively’ being the key word. Much like the rest of London, even on a weekday it was still quite busy. While most of the outside markets can get a bit samey, the markets in the Horse Stables were much more to my liking – especially for op-shop and vintage type fare. The second time I went was on a Saturday and it was much busier – more people, more hawking, more pushing and shoving. The upside was that the Electric Ballroom was open and had market stalls inside (even though they were pretty average). While I didn’t get to go to a gig there, at least I could say that I had been inside it. On a slightly sombre note, the second time I visited the markets also happened to be on the same fateful day that Amy Winehouse was found dead at her Camden Square home. Creepy. Anyway, I must write a disclaimer that most of my travel posts won’t be featuring much fashion as such – no photos of me looking whimsical along the Thames or the Champs Elysees, sorry. My travel wardrobe consisted mostly of jeans and tees and whatever was clean on the day. I didn’t even pack any pleated or midi length skirts. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
It’s fairly safe to say that I love London. Dreary weather and all. It had won me over within the first couple of hours I was there. These are a few photos taken during my first official sightseeing day. Armed with my new-found knowledge of the tube (which didn’t help much because my district line was down for the weekend), I headed to the city to check out the big London sights – Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey… the list goes on and on. The first stop was Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards. Being a Sunday and during the summer holidays meant that there was a massive crowd for the event. The previous day I had attended the Royal Ascot Races, where I managed to see the Queen (I didn’t take any photos – whoops). Unfortunately she wasn’t at Buckingham Palace when I visited (you can tell by what flag they’re flying). Seeing as Ol’ Lizzie wasn’t home to invite me in for tea and scones, I wandered up to Piccadilly Circus and walked around and just took everything in. Wandering around aimlessly was one of my favourite things to do on this trip. I also checked out the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. I am a bit of a museum/gallery nerd so London and Paris were like crack to me. I had to include the photo of the gates to Green Park (last photo). Talk about opulent. As a lover of all things shiny, the amount of gilt that adorned things made my inner magpie quite happy. I also ventured across to Southbank which was quite lively. Going from Brisbane to a massive city like London is crazy. There’s just so much to see and do. Which is probably why I fell head over heels for it.
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.