London, The Square Mile or The Old Smoke?

From the London Eye, to the Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace, London was one of the greatest cities I have ever visited. I know I seem to say that about almost every location I go to, but London was truly a beauty.

As I walked out of the Stansted airport and took the metro to London Canon Street, where I was staying for the first night, I realized how incredibly cloudy it was. Duh, it’s London. However, ironically enough, as soon as I walked out of the testing center the next day, the sun was shining bright.

On my first evening in London, I walked to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater – which was everything I had expected and more. I did not get a chance, unfortunately, to watch a play there. For food, I went to the Borough Market – AMAZING. I ate a traditional British pie and then for dessert, I ate a cranberry scone. Two of my favorite things. The market was so much fun to walk through and see all of the different types of food that were being sold. There were stands that just sold CHEESE and others that sold a variety of international foods (Asian, Indian and Arabic – they even had falafel).

With the help of a family friend who lives in London, I spent the next two days being a tourist. I visited the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Green Park. For dinner, I tried the famous Fish n’ Chips from a vendor in Borough Market (…again). I also learned that London is FILLED with secret, underground bars that not many people know about. We went to one and it was the coolest thing I have ever seen. There is a restaurant in the city of London called ‘The Breakfast Club.” Thinking we were just going for coffee there, little did I know that we were about to go to one of the secret underground places. Upon arrival, my friend said the secret phrase ‘We’re here to see the mayor’ to the waiter that was going to seat us. A little confused, I didn’t know what was going on. However, the waiter took us towards the kitchen and opened the door to what looked like a fridge. Instead of shelves like a normal fridge would have, this was a door to a staircase — how cool. We walked down the stairs and were given directions on how to exit (not through the door we first used). One flight of stairs and we found ourselves in the middle of one of the secret, underground bars in London. When it was time to leave, we walked up the stairs and took the other door, which led to the bathroom. In the bathroom, there was another secret door that led you outside!

So, if you are ever in London, aside from all of the touristy attractions, be sure to visit this secret, underground bar. If you are able to find the others, please comment or email me and let me know. I will be sure to add them on my ‘To-do’ list the next time I am in London.

I hope you enjoy the pictures below. For details on transportation and where to stay or questions, feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help.

♥ FH



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