we left switzerland on sunday evening and arrived in london on sunday night and i was practically bubbling over with excitement as we drove into the city. for me, in many ways, coming to england is coming home. we ate dinner at nando’s (a beloved fave) and got some classic (for me!) british sweets at tesco on the way back to the hotel. my heart and belly were so happy!

on monday i got to roam london while the boy was in meetings. i took a run past st. paul’s, across millennium bridge, along southbank, under the london eye, across westminster bridge, past st. james park, through trafalgar square and along the strand. i had coldplay in my ears, rain droplets on my skin, and so much joy in my heart. it was definitely one of the best morning runs ever. i snapped these iphone photos:

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after a shower and some hob-nobs for breakfast, i hopped on the tube to camden market, where i had never been (i’ve visited london 6-7 times before) – and i loved it. i wandered all over camden lock and the stables, delighting in the different markets. i just couldn’t get enough of all the awesome colors and smells and sights and sounds.

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i especially loved the street food, which was so diverse! (dutch, vietnamese, jamacian, american, italian, peruvian, french, and on and on!)
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i got back on the tube and headed to notting hill and portobello road. i had been there on my last visit to london, but i was feeling really high on markets :)


and then i went back to trafalgar square to enjoy the views down to big ben and the artwork inside the national gallery. as i walked back to the hotel just as it was getting dark, i couldn’t stop snapping pictures of so many the lovely scenes – a picture-worthy frame is around every corner!

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the boy and i recapped on our days at the hotel and then ate at wagamama’s (another beloved fave) and took a quick loop similar to my running route so he could see some of the sights. man, there’s just nothing like big ben and the houses of parliament lit up at night! i was glad to have someone freak out a little at the awesomeness with me after a solitary day :)



  1. This is so funny that I would open your blog today! I was just face timing with my mother in law who is serving with my father in law as the directors of that Hyde park visitors center. They just went to camden market today for pday! She was telling is all about it. We are going to visit them in a few months and your post made me so excited! I adore London amd England in general!

  2. What kind of meetings does he go to in these places? Is it for work or school?

  3. Ha ha as I was reading your post and you mentioned the markets, a childhood flashback came back to me--the song "Portobello Road" from Bedknobs and Broomsticks! So is it true that you can find "anything and everything a chap can unload" there? :)

  4. Fantastic pix of London.:)

    I especially like the ones of the London Buses, taxis & the red phone boxes - brill.

    I love that you had hob-nobs for breakfast, now you just need to stock up for Cadbury's chocolate.:)

  5. Can I give a local's recommendation - 'London's Top 100 Cheap Eats' published by Time Out. Hobnobs are lovely, but starting with a breakfast at the Regency Cafe is even better, honest!

  6. So excited to see you were in London (and so near my office!). Next time ask for restaurant recommendations... You can do so much better than Nando's, I promise!


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