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This Weekend in Photos: November 7-9 – London Edition

In case you missed it, I spent the last week in Brighton for work. Despite spending a semester abroad in London, I had never been to Brighton. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but that’s because I didn’t expect it to be as much of a city as it is. It’s still full of hustling and bustling, and its pier and proximity to the ocean make it a fun place to visit. And, like London, it’s very walkable. Most of my colleagues live within a 10-minute walking distance to work, and even those who live “further away” have a 20-25 minute walk to work everyday.

On Friday afternoon, we took the train from Brighton to London and after finally making it to our hotel, we grabbed dinner around the corner from our hotel at a Persian restaurant and then popped in and out of souvenir shops.


Saturday morning, we woke up early, enjoyed breakfast at our hotel, and then spent the morning walking around Hyde Park.

hyde park london uk

My two bosses headed out around noon, and then I took the tube to my hotel, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton on Tottenham Court Road.

I chose this hotel because of its proximity to where I lived when I studied abroad (I love the area and wanted to experience life there again), but also because of how close it was to the tube station. The Warren Street station is only a few hundred feet away, and provides direct access to the Victoria and Northern lines, and thus pretty easy access to the line that takes you to the airport (which I knew I’d need this morning).

I arrived early but my room was already available, so I brought my stuff up to my room and then headed down to the Thames so I could see the iconic sights that you’ll find there.

I walked past the Somerset House…

somerset house uk

And found myself near the London Eye and Big Ben and Parliament…

london eye

big ben london

big ben and parliament

And then I decided to head towards Gabriel’s Wharf to grab a bite to eat.

I thought back to the last night I had been in London in 2009, and that’s when I remembered the place where I got an amazing crepe with nutella and banana. I stopped in at House of Crepes and apparently my timing was perfect.

Just after I sat outside, it began to pour, but I was under an awning so it was actually quite nice. And then a minute or two after that?

fireworks in london


It was apparently the Lord Mayor’s Show, and the fireworks on South Bank explained why there were so many people lining themselves up along the Thames.

After the fireworks show, I headed back to the hotel to take it easy, which worked out well, since the rain continued my whole trip home and throughout the night.


I spent the whole day hitting all of the major tourist destinations.

Spitalfields Market (my favorite market in London, that I used to visit almost every weekend)…

spitalfields market

St. Paul’s Cathedral (with church bells ringing loudly, as church had just gotten out)…

st pauls cathedral london

The British Museum (where you can find the famous Rosetta Stone)…

british museum london

My old flat (I miss this place a ton, as well as my flatmates)…

central london flat

london bricks

Russell Square…

russell square london fountain

russell sq london

russell square london

A Paddington Bear outside of the British Museum (as part of the Paddington Trail)…

london paddington bear

Regent Street…

regent street london

And Oxford Street (the “Fifth Avenue” of London)…

cobblestone streets london

oxford street christmas decorations


All in all, an incredible weekend.

I’m spending today flying back to San Diego, but stay tuned because I have a great giveaway coming up later this week!

How was your weekend?

3 thoughts on “This Weekend in Photos: November 7-9 – London Edition

    1. Glad you had a good weekend, and thank you! Yeah, that flat was pretty awesome and had a view of a little city square (with an appropriately British-sounding name, Bloomsbury Square). It was so wonderful being back in London and seeing everything again…but it’s also great being home! I missed San Diego.


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