For my last weekend in England, my boyfriend took me away to London, which made sense as I flew out of London Heathrow. We spent three nights in London exploring many different boroughs over the four days.
We arrived Friday night, with two huge suitcases, a carry on bag and his bag for the weekend. The bags were fine on the Virgin train from Manchester to London Euston. However, from there it got a little bit more difficult. Needless to say, the bags were A LOT of fun to carry throughout our three underground tube transfers (can you sense the sarcasm?). While most of the stations have escalators and lifts, some just had stairs. With one suitcases weighing nearly 30 kgs, and the other weighing nearly 25 kgs, carrying them up and down stairs was not an easy feat.
Eventually, we made it to Ravenscourt Park, where our hotel, a Premier Inn, was luckily only a 2 minute walk from the train stop. We checked in and made our way up to the room. It was around 9pm and we were knackered. We dropped off our bags and quickly ran out to get McDonalds, before we called it a night.
We got up early as we had a lot planned for our Saturday. The sun was out which meant clothes that would keep me cool all day long. I paired a plain gray v-neck tee from H&M with a black, belted maxi skirt from Primark. I added an American Eagle denim jacket in case I got too chilly. I also wore my black Primark pumps to ensure comfortable walking throughout the city. Lastly, I added a large cream tote, from Primark, to keep everything I would need, including my camera.
We started off our day by grabbing a quick breakfast and then making our way down to the Southbank to go on the London Eye. It was a beautiful day out, but it was also extremely hot out. We had pre-booked our tickets so we just had to pick them up at the gate. We started with the 4D show which was all of London with seasonal changes. After that we made our way to the long line for the Eye. While the line was quite long, it was constantly moving. When we got to the front of the line, we were put into a capsule with around 10 other people. The journey around was about 30 minutes. From the top you could see the whole of London. The views are amazing. I would definitely recommend getting on the London Eye if you are ever in London.
After the London Eye, we went to Sea Life. I have never seen an aquarium as busy as this one was. I have ruled the busyness down to two factors. One – it’s in London beside all of the other tourist attractions. Two – it was the start of school summer holidays. I think if we had gone at a different time of year it would have been more manageable to walk around. Busyness aside, the aquarium was quite good. Inside you are able to walk over a shark tank, and further down you can walk through a tunnel built inside it.
After Sea Life, we were quite tired and decided to go back to the hotel for a nap before walking around London that night. Being me, I changed again before we went out. This time I chose a forever21 dress and cardigan. I added Primark statement jewelry and Primark ballerina flats.
After dinner we walked to Covent Garden. After pining over the windows of shops such as Chanel and Burberry, we walked down to the Thames river. From here we walked to Southbank, to Big Ben, then down to Buckingham Palace. By this time our legs were screaming at us so we decided to call it a night.
We woke up early and made our way to Oxford Circus for some prime shopping. In order to be comfortable and stylish, I wore a floral mini dress from H&M, ruffled socks from New Look, and again, my black Primark pumps.
My boyfriend decided to treat me on my last day to a new fall wardrobe. He was such a trooper and put up with me in every shop I dragged him to. Over the course of 4 hours we hit Primark, ZARA, H&M, forever21, River Island, New Look and Topshop. It’s safe to say I did alright. After literally shopping until we dropped, we went back to our hotel to drop off the shopping bags and got ready for a night out.
Again, I changed to mix it up and feel fresh for another night on the town. This time I chose a lace and peach Primark dress, with my Primark ballerina flats. I put a long, gray Primark cardigan over top to keep me warm in the English breeze.
I will admit it, I am obsessed with the television show Made In Chelsea. I have visited London on multiple occasions, yet had never been to Chelsea. Knowing how much I have wanted to go, my boyfriend suggested we spend the evening in Chelsea. We walked along streets that I would love to live on, passed the Bluebird Cafe (which is always featured on the show) and walked along the Chelsea embankment. I was over the moon to have finally visited the area, however, slightly upset I didn’t come across any cast members. Although, I guess the warrants a trip back.
On Monday, it was time for me to pack up my bags and say goodbye to England for the time being. I ended up leaving with an extra suitcase, and sending some things back with my boyfriend to hold on to until the next time we’re together.
At around 11:30am, we checked out of our hotel room. I didn’t have to be at the airport until around 2pm, so we got the hotel to hold onto our bags so we could get lunch. We went to Nando’s, which is fitting as it was my first meal in England, as well as my last. After lunch we quickly went back to the hotel room to get our bags and made the journey to the airport.
The tube was running behind, which meant I arrived at the airport later than I should have. We eventually got into London Heathrow Terminal 2 at 2:30pm. Luckily, the terminal was absolutely empty which meant I could push going through security a little bit longer.
As of now, my boyfriend and I have gotten use to the tearful goodbyes that happen nearly every three months. However, just because we are use to them doesn’t make it any easier. This goodbye was the hardest yet. I managed to say goodbye and walk to security without looking back, my eyes full of tears. Not only was I sad to leave behind my boyfriend, but I was also sad to leave behind the wonderful country and its accessibility to travel.