As you all may have noticed I had a bit of a city trip through Europe in the last week. I flew from Vienna to London, after that Zurich and than back to Vienna. It was a very few exciting days and I thought I would share some of my favourite places we visited and maybe one or two tips for anyone who wants to visit London or Zurich. This post only concentrates on London so look out for the Zurich portion in my next blog posts.
On the first of June myself and Stephi flew to London. Our flight was supposed to leave at 11:30am but we had a delay. It was just a mess. The Vienna airport didn’t know about a delay, so we arrived at the airport really early as planned. Little did we know that our total delay would be five hours. We flew with the british airline flybe and I don’t wanna trash them, but their response was not the best. Anyways, at the end we finally made our way to London.
We arrived at the Southend airport and honestly that is the smallest airport I have ever seen in my life 😂 I think we were the only flight that day, we collected our bags like 5 minutes after leaving the plane. Just amazing. We took the train to London Liverpool Street, which cost us £18 each. Thats about 20€ and is actually very expensive, considering the fact that is only that one journey. tip number one: try booking the journey from the airport beforehand, it’s so much cheaper but than again you never know if your flight has a delay.
We finally arrived in central London and met up with my friend Elsa , which made us both cry because we haven’t seen each other in two years. It was so great to reunite and just have a big old catch up.
After that the task was to find our apartment, I only knew that it was in Greenwich but have obviously never been there before. This lead to us going in the complete different direction and ending up on the other side of London. The frustration was big, as you can imagine. Especially as travelling in London is super expensive so we basically wasted our money on a journey we didn’t even needed to take. Long story short after almost two hours we arrived at our apartment. Thankfully our landlord was pretty chilled and when we saw how cool the place was, we were in a good mood again. tip number two: I think the most convenient way to travel in London, is using the oyster card – the way it works is that you put money on the card and use it when crossing the barriers at the station. Unlike Vienna you really can’t get to the tube without having a ticket, because the barriers won’t open. They also have offers, where you can put money on it that will last you exactly a week or more, really depending on how long you are staying. But if you are staying just under a week, I would recommend just putting money on the card when you really need it.
This was our apartment: The Armitage – apart from being a little dirty, it was good overall. It was a 15 minute walk to the O2, which made its so easy and fast for us to get to the city. I would recommend it and I am probably gonna stay there again. If you use my code “EMINAM44” – you can get 10% off at the end of your trip. (not sponsored)
The first day we spend meeting up with a lot of my friends that live in the UK. You may ask yourself, where do I know so many people from. Well, twitter. I met all of these people through twitter and as weird as it sounds, it’s just my internet friends. I love them all so much. They all have a special place in my heart, because we can all relate to pretty much the same things (having the same music taste or watching the same youtubers). I am really happy to have met so many people through this platform.
We had a little picnic at Primrose Hill and we were so blessed with the weather as well, it was a bit cloudy but the sun came out after all. Loved meeting all of these incredible ladies and talking about life and just having the best time. tip number three: Any of the beautiful parks in London are amazing to have a picnic in spring/summer time but I think going there for a walk when its colder is amazing as well.
Afterwards we went home to get ready to see the incredible Tanya Burr in her play “Confidence” (by Judy Upton) at Southwark Playhouse. It was a really new experience to see Tanya as an actress, but she did so well. So did the rest of the cast. We also got a chance to talk her after show, she was so so lovely and really happy to see us. Before the play we went to a food market called “Mercato Metropolitano” and had the best pizza ever. They have so much to choose from, all kinds of dishes and it’s definitely something you should check out if you are close by.
Dark Sugars – 141 Brick Ln, London
By Chloe – Drury House, 34-43 Russell St, Covent Garden, London
The Dayrooms Café – 212 Kensington Park Rd, London
Crumbs and Dollies (Vegan Cupcakes) – 1 Kingly Court, Carnaby, London
Ruby Violet – 118 Fortess Rd, London
tip number five: Traveling to London on a budget is really hard so we didn’t really go out for food that often, instead we would go to Tesco or M&S and just get some food there. I am not scared to admit that, because I know that a lot of people are travelling on a tight budget. And to be honest with you, I was able to find healthy food as well, even if it was just from a regular supermarket. So yeah what I am trying to say is, that a trip to London does not have to be the most expensive restauraunts, it can also be very simple and cheap.