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.
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.
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Corus Hotel Hyde Park
1 Lancaster Gate
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