London Travel Diary

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


This past week I was in London once again and with a pretty hectic schedule I managed to visit some amazing spots. Some that I had previously visited and some new and exciting places that I couldn't wait to check out this time around! London has so much to offer... maybe even too much, so here's a list of the places that I highly recommend checking out if you're planning a visit.

WHERE TO SHOP

LIBERTY


I low key want to live inside Liberty... or at least replicate my place to look like this magical shopping wonderland. Their beauty counters are home to some of the most hard to find brands, their clothing displays are a work of art, and their home and interiors are carefully curated. The top floor is home to a lounge where you can chill out, read books, and turn on some records on their in-house turntable. 


CARNABY STREET


Right after you check out Liberty head to Carnaby Steet home to pop-up stores and stores such as Brandy Melville, Muji, Lazy Oaf, Cheap Monday and many more!

BOXPARK SHOREDITCH


Boxpark in Shoreditch is home to tiny stores with fashion boutiques, skincare stores, and stores that carry little trinkets perfect for gifting. I highly recommend checking out Papersmiths for the best stationary and The Ordinary for cheap skincare that really works (even though their best sellers are always sold out but that's just a testament to how good their products are)!

 

BLITZ & OTHER VINTAGE SHOPS


While in Shoreditch definitely check out Blitz, the biggest vintage shop in London. They have it perfectly organized by style and you'll be sure to find some vintage gold here. We also stumbled upon a vintage market that was amazing while wandering the artsy streets of Shoreditch.


ROUGH TRADE EAST


Shoreditch is also home to Rough Trade East which is the best record store I've been to right after Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Name a record and they'll be sure to carry it.


CONDÉ NAST


While walking around Oxford Circus we passed by Condé Nast and I had to take a look inside. If you're a magazine junkie like myself then you have to stop in and shop Vogues from all over the world and their other publications such as GQ, Goop, LOVE, and countless others!

MUSEUMS TO CHECK OUT

THE TATE MODERN


I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around this museum filled with modern art and insane exhibitions. There was a Picasso gallery, Warhol images, and don't miss out on the top floor where you can grab exquisite views of the city!


THE TATE BRITAIN


Home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Very different to the Tate Modern but I enjoyed both of them all the same!


MY GENERATION X MICHAEL CAINE


Unfortunately this exhibit is only in Carnaby for a limited time but that's the beauty of London, that you never know what new and exciting pop-up will be in town during a visit. So keep a lookout because there is always something going on in this city. This exhibit had some of my favorite images from the sixties of Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull and so many other icons!


THE BRITISH MUSEUM


"The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present."


WHERE TO EAT

LA BODEGA NEGRA


La Bodega Negra in Soho is a must for dinner!! I will never get over this place and their amazing atmosphere and most importantly their food. You must order the quesadilla rustica as a starter, beef tacos as your main, churros with chocolate for dessert, and strawberry margaritas throughout!

BILL'S


Having Bill's for breakfast was such a treat! I would definitely recommend their buttermilk pancakes and PLEASE get the scones on the side. THEY WERE INCREDIBLE (almost rivaled the ones at sketch).

BLUEBIRD


Bluebird in Chelsea also served amazing breakfast and the interiors were so cozy I would definitely go back!



DIRTY BONES


Dirty Bones was a New York inspired restaurant/ bar that had an amazing cocktail menu. I ordered the spiked iced coffee which was good but VERY strong... so watch out. We also shared the mac and cheese balls and truffle fries just to tie us over  and they were fantastic!

EXTRA

GLAMOUR MAGAZINE BEAUTY FESTIVAL


Like I mentioned earlier, you never know what events will be on for a limited time while in London. The Glamour Beauty Festival was such an amazing experience that was going on only for the weekend of March 10-12 with amazing makeup artists, guest speakers, and beauty stations. A great place for networking, getting beauty treatments, and even getting to meet some of your favorite influencers. 

Just happened to bump into Estee Lalonde, one of my favorite ladies on the internet, right before watching her speak on a panel with some of my other favorites! Also pictured is the Glamour Beauty issue with Zoella gracing the cover which I highly recommend picking up a copy!
There were so many stands to choose from: get a smokey eye at Kat Von D, let the hairdressers at GHD curl and braid your hair, let NARS apply a lippy on you, get your nails done, and so much more!! Also, the goodie bags were insane and filled with full sizes of the best brands!
The panel we enjoyed featuring Estee Lalonde, Victoria Magrath, Habiba Da Silva, Em Ford, and Sammi Maria hosted by Alessandra Steinheir! So amazing!

Can't wait to be back in London! x

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