A day in London

Somerset House

Last week I and my boyfriend decided to randomly go to London, I try and go to London as much as I can especially in the summer and during the build up to Christmas to see all the pretty lights and to do some shopping to get in the festive holiday mood. We got the super early train from Birmingham so that we could have a long full day in London to visit our favorite places we like to come back to.

When we got to London we went straight to Somerset House to take these outfit photos and then went to get breakfast, as we decided to go late the night before and left in the early hours I didn’t have time to plan an outfit so I wore whatever my sleepy eyes could find at 4 am.

I wore a floral monochrome kimono from H&M with a neon yellow strappy cami vest from Dorothy Perkins, I like how the black and white print looks against the pop of bright color. I went for my trusty Primark black skinny high-waisted jeans so I was comfortable, although I do wish I wore a dress as it was lovely and warm. I wore my favorite black strappy heeled sandals of the summer, the ASOS hat tricks as they are so comfortable for strolling around, although after 12 hours of walking around London my feet were swollen so I couldn’t wait to jump straight into bed to rest. I bought the bag and necklace from Primark in Birmingham last week, the bag is perfect just the right size to fit all the essentials in and it has a pocket at the front to put my mobile in so I am not frantically searching through my bag for it. I like the necklace it has 3 layers and some cute spikes.

The Monument

We went up The Monument, it's possibly the cheapest view and tourist attraction of London as it's only £4 each. I have wanted to go up the Monument for awhile now, last time we visited we couldn’t get up because of work being done so I was glad we could get up on a clear sunny day like we did so we could see lots of London. You can see The Shard, London Bridge and The Tower of London.

I do have an interest in architecture especially historic buildings so it was nice to see some from above, next time I go back to London I want to go up The Shard. It actually opened on my birthday last year so it would have been nice to have gone then.

Inside The Monument there’s just a spiral staircase that goes on for ages, I go to the gym 4 times a week so I should have found it easy but it was exhausting especially as it was so hot, but it was worth it for the 360 view walk around, it was built as a Monument for The Great Fire of London in 1677. When you get back down you are presented with a certificate for climbing 311 step as well as some history of the building. You can find The Monument at the 'Monument' tube stop, Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 8AH.

Camden Market

Camden is one of my favourite places to go in London, I love the atmosphere and it always has good memories of when I was a teenager going there to search the markets for cool stuff, back in my ‘emo’ days. We went there to have some Chinese food from one of the market shops that we always crave when we are in the city. We also bought some red velvet cupcakes from one of the stalls and we just had a wonder around.

I like watching the street entertainment, so I posted a video of DJgrandpa on my Instagram, I remember them being there when I last came to Camden, you know when you hear a song and you can’t stop singing it to yourself all day, well that’s what happened with the song they played.

Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square

After our visit to Camden we went to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square as there is always some sort of entertainment happening so we just walked around, ate our red velvet cupcakes that we bought from Camden and a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino from Starbucks to keep us chilled as it was lovely and warm and we sat down and took some snaps and rested while we decided what to do next. We went to the M&M store and bought some of the crispy M&M's for our train journey home on the night.

You may also find my post on what to do with twelve hours in London helpful and my review of The Owl & Pussycat, Shoreditch useful if your seeking a cool place to eat.

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