17.3.14

Weekend in London Part I

Day 1


Day one was a complete mess as my flight with Air France CityJet was delayed for five hours and then got cancelled. I was booked on a British Airways flight to Heathrow. When I got there I bought a ticket for the Heathrow Express which takes you to Paddington in 15 minutes. But I got on a slow train by mistake! I did however still get some shopping done during the afternoon.


It was then time to meet friends from uni at the pub. My watch was still on Central European Time and I turned up one hour too early. Luckily a group of lovely guys from England, Wales and Ireland started chatting to me and invited me to a Guinness. The evening ended with friends turning up and us sharing memories from the old times we lived together in student halls. 


Day 2


I had been craving Eggs Benedict for quite a while and I was happy to discover that Island Grill, a restaurant near my was serving them for breakfast. I had the royale version with smoked salmon. They were okay but not as good as the ones I had last at Kong in Paris.


The night before I only had a bag of crisps for dinner and as I was quite hungry, I had these pastries as well. 


The weather was really great and I headed off to Notting Hill, a couple of stops from my hotel. The place was really crowded with tourists.


After I had bought a new mink coat in Moscow last year, I made the resolution to only ever buy second hand fur going forward. I found a stand (not pictured) that had an amazing selection of fox and mink. I got a mink jacket at an excellent price. Before I wear it though, I will have it cleaned by a specialist.


In the evening I went to The Roundhouse in Camden to see one of my favourite bands, Franz Ferdinand. I had previously seen them in Moscow, France and Luxembourg.


I just love going to concerts in the UK. The crowd is just so much better than in Luxembourg. That was actually the main reason why I moved to London to "study". My goal was to see all my favourite bands in concert and I did.


FF didn't disappoint. It was great to see them play with the same enthusiasm as they had at the beginning of their career. You could just see that they were really happy to be there and enjoying every moment.


They played for almost two hours. After the concert I walked from Chalk Farm back to my hotel in Lancaster Gate.


I stayed at the Corus Hotel, where I had been several times before. It's a decent hotel at a good location.


The second and final part about my trip to London will be up soon.

Island Grill
Lancaster Terrace
London W2 2TY
United Kingdom

Corus Hotel Hyde Park 
1 Lancaster Gate
London W2 3LG
United Kingdom

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28 comments

  1. Hi Anouka, I was going to ask if u have studied in London and then found it. What a mess the arrive, luckily you reached London at last! Seems u had a great time at the concert and also the hotel looks cosy and nice. Now I will make u smile but I havent had Eggs Benedict, so curious to taste them! Have a goodnight! xo

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  2. I like so much Franz Ferdinand! And yes, I agree, the concerts in London are unique! Such a nice post!!
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  3. Amazing pics! Love that food, its sooo... :)

    Strawberry Blonde

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  4. Now you are making me wanting some egg benedict also! London looks very crowded this past weekend. Of course when the weather is nice everyone is out! I am glad you enjoyed your stay in London! I have said this MANY times but I NEED to get myself to Europe before I become too old to travel! Lol!

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  5. You featured here a different part of London in Notting Hill and Camden Lock. Looks very intersting. London is one of my favourite cities to visit. It's never boring. At least, you had fun watching the concert and spending time with your friends.

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  6. London! What a lovely Weekend!

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  7. looks like a great time! I love Portabello Road. I took almost the same photo when I was there lol (the one of all those signs)
    I remember you ordering the eggs benedict at Kong ;)

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  8. I love London! It's one of the most amazing cities ever. I try to go back there once in a while to get that vibe and atmosphere. Happy to hear that you got such a great time there

    Xx

    Alexandra

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  9. Sounds like a lovely time despite the transport nightmare. Don't you hate it when flights get delayed and then cancelled?!

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  10. I was never in London and didn't tried Eggs Benedict's, but we have here something similar and I think the two recipes are quite the same.
    I love the pictures you made, it shows the energy of the town! I am very curious about the mink jacket you bought!

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  11. What a shame you lost all that time due to your flight. Notting Hill & Portobello Rd are some of my favourite areas of London, so alive & buzzing. They do have amazing 2nd hand fur stalls, so can't wait to see the one you bought.
    Hugs xoxo
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  12. Lovely pictures and glad you had such a great time! I hope I can visit London some day
    Keep in touch
    xx
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  13. How nice with a weekend in London.=) I really like eggs Benedict. I sometimes make them for breakfast on weekends.

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  14. Looks like a wonderful weekend getaway, London has a great vibe about it. I am grateful for your kind comment over at mine.

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  15. Well, the first day of your stay was not the greatest, but the second one seems to have been pretty eventful! It's great that you met your friends from the uni! And the story with the concerts really cheered me up! :) The Eggs Benedict look really delicious! Love the night pictures!

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  16. HOLY FUCK EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE BUT OH GOSH FRANZ FERDINAND! THEY'RE SO FREAKING AWESOME!

    By the way everything looks so lovely and charming! bUT FRANZ FERDINAND OH MY GODNESS.

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  17. Oh...I love London...your pictures are lovely,,,!The last time I went in this wondeful town was in November...for the great show of my favourite band: Depeche Mode!!!

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  18. I just only booked my next trip to London yesterday so I can't wait to read you other posts! I really hope we won't have such trouble with the flight though! Also it looks like I should add Notting Hill to my must-see list ;)
    xx

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  19. Wonderful photos !
    I want to discover London, it must be an amazing city !

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  20. I never tried to do egg benedict. :)

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  21. oh man, i miss travelling!!! this looks like such a hectic day, but I'm all about experiencing a lot of things during trips! :D can't wait to see more of this trip! :D

    Animated Confessions

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  22. These photos are incredibly! It's so nice to see LONDON. I'm just going to be blunt and say it's tiring and a little boring only seeing photos of the Eiffel Tower and the houses all the time. What people should see in travel photos is all the real stuff in between -- people, food, sights, etc. x

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  23. Oh gosh I hate you I want to go back to London so much your picture are good!!!

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  24. Great post dear:)
    Love reading your blog!

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  25. inspiring photo diary...sorry to hear what happened to your flight but glad you enjoyed the rest of your stay.

    Kisses,
    B
    Lifestyle Blog

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  26. You were lucky with the weather! Looks like you had a great time! xoxo ES
    www.liveyourpassion.gr

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  27. Franz Ferdinand are one of my favourite bands too! Have never managed to see them live, though. Hopefully, one day I will, sounds like a great show!

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