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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.