“So, uh, I’m in London!”
That’s a phrase I’ve said to myself and to others non stop for the past week. That’s right – I’ve had about a week to settle into my new home in London and it’s such a strange feeling to finally be in a city that I’ve dreamed about residing in about all year long.
With all this awe, I’m finding it pretty difficult to organize my thoughts. I think back to Tuesday night when my roommate and I wandered around London in search of food and found ourselves in a tiny pub drinking pints and I’m like, “Was that really only a week ago?” So for this post, I’m going for photos over words with a photo diary of what my first week in London looked like. Buckle up and enjoy the ride:
Tuesday was an intense day of travel and sightseeing.
Approx. 6:00 am UK time. I was SO happy to have a window seat!
Accidently snapped while on a walking tour of my new ‘hood, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Architecture in London > architecture in America.
Kensington Palace. The fence is decorated for the 17th anniversary of Princess Di’s death.
Kensington Gardens. Incredibly large and incredibly beautiful.
Royal Albert Hall. Lots and lots of music.
Wednesday included more sightseeing followed by a pub outing.
My roommate and I stopped at Kensington Street Kitchen (ADORABLE) early in the AM to grab coffee.
Buckingham Palace, duh! Popped in to say hi to Lizzie.
Lizzie also let me take a few snaps of her modest home. NBD.
St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Some pals in front of St Paul’s
Out at a British pub quiz – we tied for second *hairflip*
I spent Thursday afternoon learning about travel and more about my new town, and by nighttime I was sipping drinks on a boat sailing down the River Thames.
A few friends and I stopped for lunch at Prezzo where I got this delish caesar salad and realized there was a difference between still water and tap water. Who knew?
New friends all dressed up on the boat (shout out to whomever I snagged this from via Facebook)
Tower Bridge at night is nothing but beautiful.
Other views from the boat were just as admirable (not quite as good as the bridge, obviously!)
Friday night hit and instead of sailing on the Thames I was soaring above it on the London Eye.
Spotted on Baker St. (Yep, THAT Baker St.)
Just a ‘lil ferris wheel action on The London Eye.
Got this whole city at my fingertips.
Hangin’ with my boy Ben.
Come Saturday I was touring the BBC Broadcasting House and drinking my way through Earls Court.
This is the tour I was most excited for. As a journalism student, it was so amazing to see the TV sets, the newsroom, a few radio studios and learn about the history of the BBC.
Seriously, how gorgeous is this building?!
Grabbing some footage in the BBC lobby (Shout out to Alli for her photo skills).
I snapped this photo mainly because the camera man’s name is Dave and that’s my dad’s name – hiya, dad!
BBC R1 studios were what I was most excited to see. Too bad we only went to the first floor – I wanted to see it all!
Cheesin’ in front of the Broadcasting House
Pals on a pub crawl.
On Sunday I was finding my way around the Chelsea Football Club stadium and touring historical Beatles landmarks.
Chelsea Football Club stadium!
Inside the marvelous stadium. I’ll definitely be attending a match here.
Of course I had to have a selfie on the pitch.
Our entire Chelsea group. (Snagged this from FB as well!)
Former home of John Lennon and at one point Jimi Hendrix as well. #musiclegends
Bag O’Nails (a music venue just off of Carnaby Street), where The Beatles frequently visited (now a private members club).
In between all the madness, I made quite a few new friends and had myself a drink or two (…okay, or ten). That is until Monday, when I had to attend an actual class. Yuck.
Though it’s difficult to take in all this change, I’ve done a lot of reflecting since I arrived in London (#deepthoughts). Freshman year of college at my university back home one the first friends I made would always say to me, “Say yes to life!” when I would attempt to back out of plans. At the time I thought she was crazy for being so out there. But being in London for only a few days and soaking up all the crazy amazing activities to do and adventures to embark on, I’m realizing exactly how right she was when said that.
I can’t wait to say yes to everything London has to offer.