London’s Calling

Earlier this week I spent two days in London thanks to a lovely Christmas present from my Mum. We travelled up on Wednesday morning and we were home by Thursday evening – a short but sweet stay!

We stayed at the H10 London Waterloo, a very short walk from London Waterloo station, making it the perfect location for spending some time being tourists. Despite some minor issues with the contactless payments in the underground (turns out that not having signal makes paying for things a bit tricky), the travel was incredibly easy. The more I go to London, the more comfortable I get with navigating the underground. It always ends up being simpler than it looks, and busy commuter times aside, it’s always relatively stress-free. I’m still debating whether I’ll end up living in London for a bit one day, but I have no idea what I intend on doing when I graduate so I guess we’ll see.

The hotel was lovely and compared to my usual cheap and cheerful preference, it was rather posh. But I don’t know whether that’s just because I have low standards! The staff were lovely and helpful, and the free drink upon arrival was a great touch. It was my first time ever checking into a hotel myself, and I have to say I felt rather like an adult and I wasn’t a fan of that.

We were on the eighth floor right next to the sky bar, so as you can imagine we had a gorgeous view. It was a shame that the weather was bad as the fog/clouds did make it look rather gloomy, but it had some lovely clear moments that made for some fab pictures (Exhibit A to the right). There were also lots of hotel freebies that kept popping up throughout the room. I think it’s safe to say that I have never been to a hotel that had as many snazzy additions to snoop through as this one!

Once we’d gotten our stuff into our room we got ready and headed out for dinner and the theatre – probably the classiest sounding date night I’ve had yet. We went for the classic Pizza Express complete with doughballs, and then headed over to St Martin’s Theatre to watch Mousetrap. I’d love to tell you more about the show, but you’re sworn to secrecy before you leave. Regardless, it was a great show and I’d really recommend it to anyone fancying a good whodunnit.

After the show we rushed back to the hotel to try and make it up to the sky bar before it closed. We got there with just enough time, but the rain quickly sent us back inside and we decided to sit in the warm to enjoy our cocktails. I had my favourite, a Pina-colada, and it did not disappoint. Not only did it taste amazing, but we got to watch the process of it being made, and it looked fantastic.

The next morning we got up and went downstairs for our breakfast. I can honestly say that I have never, until this day, seen chicken nuggets offered as part of a hot breakfast. It’s safe to say that the breakfast spread was vast and varied, there was something there to please everyone. The staff were also great at accommodating me with soya milk for the tea and cereal, which always makes eating out a lot easier!

Once we had finished breakfast we headed out to explore the Tower of London. Considering I live relatively close to London, this was the first time I had ever been to the Tower and I absolutely loved it. It was really fun walking around and learning about all the different stories and history associated with each area. A lot of the crown jewels were connected to the Restoration period, and having just finished a module on the literature of this period, it was really interesting placing pictures and objects next to the stories that I had been reading. I’d love to go back and spend a bit more time there because there is so much to see, but all in all it was really interesting and definitely worthwhile spending the day doing.

Sadly that’s all the time we had, and once we left the Tower of London we quickly grabbed our bags and made a beeline for the trains. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the atmosphere in London, and there are still so many areas that I haven’t explored. I think I might look at planning a few more day trips to start ticking off those areas. But again, who knows, I might end up living there one day!

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