a short stay in london.

Monday, August 25, 2014

clock tower london

as beautiful as it was, i admit london was a bit tarnished by a lost luggage fiasco that kept us in our hotel room on hold for what felt like the majority of our stay. that being said, we hit the high points like true tourists before catching the eurostar to paris the following evening. 

london queen's guard

we stayed at the brown's hotel, located in the heart of mayfair, best known for high-end shopping and the famous savile row. there are not enough kind words to say about the brown's hotel, from the courteous staff to the meticulously clean (and gorgeous) rooms. 

the brown's hotel

i admit i didn't realize how spread out london really is, and given our short time frame we didn't get a chance to truly explore all the nooks and crannies. so with that, cue the highlight reel!

mayfair london

palace of westminster….

palace of westminster
palace of westminster

the london eye…

london eye

borough market…

borough market london

i would compare borough market to a classier version of smorgasburg. tons of great food choices in a beautiful location.  

borough market london

we went around lunchtime and opted for traditional fish and chips at fish!, and then sauntered around the rest of the market for fresh fruit and the most amazing green olives i've ever tried. 

borough market london
borough market london
borough market london
borough market london

buckingham palace… check.

buckingham palace london
green park london
buckingham palace london
buckingham palace london

we stopped in ottolenghi in notting hill for lunch day two and walked away with fresh tomato basil flatbread and blackcurrant mini meringues. 

ottolenghi london

after lunch we strolled around notting hill a bit more and explored the cute shops tucked away amongst gorgeous town homes-- toast being a personal favorite.

toast notting hill
notting hill london

hope to see you again soon, london!

ps: my friend kayla took some amazing photos of her recent trip to london as well.

photo of the brown's hotel by jane anderson. ottolenghi photo by keiko oikawa.


Jackie {York Avenue} said...

It looks gorgeous and really fun (despite the luggage fiasco). I love seeing your photography. I've always wanted to visit London and now even more so!

Abby said...

Beautiful photos. I loved this post in particular because it reminded me of our own trip to England in July. We were surprised by London's breadth, too, and did a lot of walking!

Kayla Poole said...

Aw, thanks friend! Reading this gave me the kick in the ass I needed to go back and finish editing the rest of my European photos from June. Prepared to be bombarded with Paris + Barcelona sometime before Christmas, ha.

Beautiful pics, as always...the shot if you in front of Buckingham is my fave.

A Crimson Kiss said...

Love the highlight reel. Boo to the lost luggage. Happened to us in Spain on our "honeymoon" of sorts and definitely let me know John and I could hang.

Let's Have Another said...

Gorgeous pictures! I've eaten a few things out of the Ottolenghi cookbook and they've all been delicious - I can only imagine a trip to the real deal was divine!

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