London Street Impressions

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Being able to spend two weeks by myself in London, at first I was a little bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of sights and places that I wanted to visit. Of course, I would not be able to see everything, especially since I was in London for an internship, so I had to tone it down a little bit.

There was still too much on my list, though. I started with a few visits to the major museums and especially to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is probably one of my most favorite museum of all times!

Portobello Market

On my first Sunday in London, I met up with a friend for brunch at Le Pain Quotidien in Notting Hill Gate and afterwards we went to explore the famous Portobello Road Market. How much fun that was!

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I don’t usually go to flea markets but there was a lot of stuff to explore and see here, we spent about 3 hours just walking along the market. It was extremely crowded though and you should pay attention to your bag and your belongings. There are quite some pickpockets around.

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If you are looking for some interesting souvenirs, go and visit the Portobello Road Market or Old Spitalfields Market. You will definitely find something cool here!

Running into a parade

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On another day, I wanted to take a relaxing stroll along the river Thames, since it was a very sunny day. I planned to get off at the Westminster tube station and walk from there to Trafalgar Square, for a visit to the National Gallery.

What I didn’t know, however, was that on that day they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day! When I got out of the station, it was extremely crowded everywhere, everyone dressed in green and lots of music and, of course, drunk people! The entire walk along the embankment was quite entertaining, it was so much fun watching all the happy drunk people.

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Getting to Trafalgar Square proved to be quite difficult then, it was so crowded because everyone was already lining up for the parade. When I finally arrived at the square I decided to wait with my visit to the National Gallery and instead just go along with the general mood, have fun and watch the parade. So much fun!

I think, I was quite lucky to end up in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I did not expect this and I enjoyed it very much.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Natasha

    London looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to visit someday — we plan to do a couple weeks in Europe within the next year, but I need to come up with a plan.

    The river area looks amazing. I think when I visit, I’d want to check out a market or two because that’s always a fun experience for me!

    • sonderbarmii

      Yes, London is amazing and one of my favorite cities! If you want to visit a few markets, check out Portobello Market or Old Spitalfields Markets, those are two of the most famous markets. Beware of the pastries though! They are too delicious!

  2. Sharmistha

    Wow! Glad I found your post.. London is so impressive. I left my heart there when I went 3.5 years back! Can’t wait to go back again. Couldn’t visit Portobello Market. Seeing this post, I’ll be heading there first 🙂

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