Friday night in London we knocked out some of the big sights. After a brief stop at our hostel in Hyde Park and a heavenly red velvet cupcake from Hummingbird Bakery we set out for the night with our Oyster passes in hand. We went on the London Eye right at sunset which allowed us to see the view during the day and lit up at night.It was perfect (non)planning on our part. We saw Big Ben and Westminster Abbey which were also nearby. Oh and of course took photos in a red telephone booth, like any good tourist should.
Saturday morning I did some shopping at the markets in the Chelsea area while friends were touring the stadium. I also wanted to get a feel for Wimbledon so I took the tube to the area which was only a few stops away. The stadium was about a 10 minute walk from the station. It was somewhat reminiscent of the crowded walk from the dorms to Faurot Field at Mizzou, but instead of a sea of gold t-shirts it was a sea of white polos and yachting sweaters. Literally, I walked behind a man with a yachting sweater on. It took a lot of strength not to take a picture.
The walk was along an adorable residential area. The cottage-like houses had roses bushes which crept all over. There were also many children selling lemonade and homemade cupcakes in the gaps in their walkways. On the walk I overheard that the line to buy a ticket had a 4 to 7 hour wait time. So I walked to the stadium area, snapped a couple pictures through the fence and walked back to the station.
When I met back up with the others, we had lunch and walked along the Princess Di Memorial Walk in the gardens. We then took the tube to Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Fountain and Palace.That night we made another stop at Hummingbird Bakery (still not our last of the trip) and went on a pub crawl in Camden.
On Sunday we saw the London Tower and London Bridge which was decked out in the Olympic rings. And of course we snapped a pick at platform 9 3/4 before getting on the train back to Brussels. Oh and at some point we had another cupcake.
The weekend was amazing– how couldn’t it have been? We had a cupcake everyday.