April 15, 2008

Livin' la vida London

Seven days, £530 pounds (yikes!), three trips to Oxford Street, five Topshop/Topman purchases, one packet of Nurse Day/Night Cold and Flu Tablets, one Pizza Hut all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, 15 pints, 36 photos, seven times getting caught in the rain, one girl wearing sheer stockings as pants (OK, her dress had creeped up under her jacket but for a while we thought she was serious), one celeb sighting, three coughing fits on the Tube, 28 bowls of Cornflakes and one dodgy Kevin Costner DVD.

It's hard to believe our week in London is over already, actually, it's still hard to believe we're in London! It's been busy, expensive, overwhelming at times and - despite many hours acclimatising to freezing conditions in the OK! office - cold... your typical London experience!

We've been shopping, hunted down the major tourist sights, checked out some art and taken some dorky tourist pics (see post below), but our favourite part has been wandering aimlessly through the streets, checking out the awesome buildings, the gazillion-and-one Pret stores that have taken over the city and soaking up the London atmosphere.

Our week was spent staying with my friend Scott (who I worked with at the now-defunct Fresh and Star magazines - may they RIP) and his hubby Karl in their two-bedroom Queen's Park flat - their hospitality and Scott's gourmet cooking were amazing!

Each day we'd roll out of bed, eat a bowl of Cornflakes (two for Craig) and head up to Queen's Park Underground station. From the moment we bought our Oyster cards (these babies set us back £24 each and got us everywhere we needed to over the week) at Heathrow station, we fell in love with the entire
London transport system - seriously Sydney, get with the program already. Here are some of the places we managed to see during the way-too-short week:

Oxford Street: Sooo many people cramming themselves into boiling shops - never have I worked up such a sweat shopping! The rumours are true, Topshop is amazing - if only I was in the market for shorter-than-short denim cutoffs and summer dresses (where did all the winter clothes go? It's only 10 degrees outside!).

Piccadilly Circus: While roaming around the surrounding areas, we stumbled upon a vintage magazine shop and spent quite a while rummaging through the old magazines and old-school celeb memorabilia (a David Hasselhoff keyring anyone?).

Tower of London and London Bridge: We didn't make it inside the Tower (save that for another day) but it was still pretty cool having a geezer from the outside.

St Paul's Cathedral: We didn't intentionally visit the church where Diana and Charles were married, but it's so friggin' huge we just stumbled across it!

Tate Modern: Most of the whacky art went completely over our heads (er, sculptures of dwarfs, and splashes of paint?) but we persevered and ended up seeing some pretty cool things.

Trafalgar Square: We spent quite a while watching the world go by here, that is until it rained on us for the third time that day and we ran for cover.

London's been great, we can't wait to come back and live here for a while and get to experience all the things this diverse city has to offer.

But for now, it's time to say goodbye to London and hello Lymington!