Last week I headed to the Go Glam Gala in London for an evening of glitz and glamour. I don’t normally go to London-based blog events as it’s a little bit out of the way. Feeling daring, I decided to do something a little out the ordinary and say yes to a London event. As simple as that, I wound up spending 24 hours (okay, 22 hours) in London.
My trip to London for the Go Glam Gala was my third trip to London and I’m still yet to have a touristy day visiting the Queen, Big Ben or musuems. It sounds almost treacherous to say I’ve been to London a grand total of three times and still haven’t paid the Queen a visit!
Although I may not have been to Buckingham Palace, I still had a wonderful 24 hours in London. It was every bit calm and serene. When I think of city life, I think of constant chaos. It was refreshing to see a quieter, calmer side to the city life.
We arrived in London at about 4pm on Thursday, grabbed a Marks and Spencer meal deal then dashed to our hotel to devour our food and get ready for the Gala. Talk about glam! The Go Glam Gala itself was incredible and luckily for you I wrote all about it, just in case you fancy a nosey.
We actually got lucky with our hotel, especially as we left it super late before booking somewhere. It was cheap, cheerful and central! When it comes to hotels, I can be pretty laidback. Whilst I adore a luxury hotel stay as much as the next girl, I’m also more than happy to stay somewhere stripped back and basic. For me, I’m happy as long as it means getting to explore somewhere that isn’t my home town for a few days!
After an amazing, nonstop night at the Go Glam Gala, we spent Friday morning slowly getting ready whilst searching for the best brunch spots in Notting Hill. If there’s one thing this girl loves, it’s brunch! Seriously, I want to live a life full of brunch dates.
Friday morning was glorious. It was one of those crisp winter days where everything in the sunlight glistened. Honestly, I felt truly content just leisurely strolling around London, something that I imagine to be rare in London. I associate our capital with chaos, people in suits rushing from a to b, never stopping to appreciate the journey. Visiting London for a relaxed, slow-paced 24 hours, felt both surreal and wonderful.
Our morning began with a stroll through Hyde Park. There’s just something about parks that I adore. Maybe it’s knowing that they’re a spot of tranquility plonked in the middle of a concrete jungle. I often find myself pondering about all the strangers that pass me by; each of them holding an entire story of their own. I wonder what the story is behind the girl walking her miniature dachshund or the guy who runs by, checking the time on his watch. Call me nosey, but I just love a good spot of people-watching and parks are perfect for just that.
As we meandered through Hyde Park, we chatted away about all-sorts in life. I love nothing more than finding people who I can just talk to about everything and anything. Every now and again we’d stop to snap some photos (in true blogger style) and soak in the park views as we did so.
Included in those park views were dogs, birds and runners. The standard park habitants – the fact that parks are 85% wildlife and animals with 4 legs is probably another reason why they’re high on list of places to be.
After a morning walk in the park, we popped back to the hotel to grab our suitcases before setting off on our mission for brunch.
Notting Hill was every bit beautiful. I can see why people fall in love with it’s charismatic buildings with hints of greenery. When I was younger, I always dreamed of living the city life. Now, I just don’t think I can see it. I want to live near the city, not in it. I fear the hustle and bustle of city life would quickly lose it’s charm if I ever moved into one. The vibrancy of cities is enchanting but there’s something lovely about knowing you can return back home to your calm little town.
We decided to check out Farm Girl to satisy our brunching needs. I’ve heard good things about Farm Girl so was excited to try it out for myself! Despite being told there was a 20 minute wait for a table, we managed to score some cozy outdoor seats and got served straight away.
I’m a huge fan of chai lattes. But my love for chai intensified x10 thanks to a cinnamon French Bulldog sprinkled on top. Cinnamon is one of my number one favourite things and this chai latte lived up to my high cinnamon expectations.
Foodwise, I kept things simple and opted for avocado on toast with poached egg. Whilst Lily stepped things up a notch with a coconut BLT with sweet potato fries. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had a major case of food envy when looking at her plate.
Half-way through our brunch date, I got struck with a severe migraine. Lily was a total angel for the next two hours of the day as I tried my best to power on through the pain. Honestly, she had the patience of a saint to put up with my migraine-induced mood, feelings of faintness and torturous pain!
After brunch, we continued our stroll through Notting Hill to jump on the tube back to Euston. Sadly, our short yet sweet trip to London was swiftly drawing to a close.
I had an amazing 24 hours in London, albeit strangely calm. I’m yet to see the Queen but hey, it just gives me yet another reason to make a return trip…not that I ever need an excuse to do anything!
Tell me all about your favourite London haunts and hidden gems! I want to know where you love so I can add it to the must-do list for next time I’m in the big smoke.