168 Hours in London #1

Small town girl in the big city – sounding a bit like a song here, cringe! My first week as a ‘Londoner’ has been pretty great. I’ve been a bit snap happy and I thought I would share some of the photos with you guys. So what have I been up to for the past 168 hours?

I learnt about 3D Printing at the Science Museum:

I saw some 3D printing in action at Selfridge’s Imaginarium Shop:

I drooled over the God’s Own Junkyard pop up shop in Selfridges – I decided that I NEED to go to the warehouse in Walthamstow at some point. Fellow blogger Nikki posted about her visit and it made me so jealous – see her post here!

Living in London has made me notice a lot of city folk become zombie-like, have no time and only look where they’re headed. To avoid becoming a zombie myself, I’m making sure to look up…

…(Carnaby Street) and down…

… (Liberty’s of London) and all around – I want to take in my surroundings (without looking too much like a tourist!) and always be on the look out for inspiration. I’ve found myself quite interested in buildings recently too:

For the first time I used the underground to commute to work. It was busy, sweaty and tiring. People looked grumpy, acted like contortionists – trying to squeeze into the smallest spaces in a jam packed carriage and sat in complete silence.

But then just to make things easier, there was a strike for 3 days so I braved the bus. London buses scare me because I don’t know what anything looks like/where I need to stop. I’m slowly overcoming the fear though thanks to the Citymapper app – if you don’t have it, you’re missing out!

Buses take a long time in comparison to the tube but are definitely more visually exciting!

It’s been early mornings  and late nights, but I quite like getting to see 2 different sides to London – some things are only for the night…

…Urban foxes included!

Gradually I’m making more sense of where things are, how to get from place to place easily and taking advantage of the fact that every area of London has its own set of shops with a different experience in each – like a group of linked town centres.

My favourite so far? Tottenham Court Road’s Paperchase store…

3 floors of goodness – it’s probably 10 times the size of the Lincoln store which I’m used to! Also I discovered that they have a massive sale area at the moment, but I had to be good and resist buying everything…

… but just one little treat 😉

Any recommendations for things I should see/do in London this February? Drop me a comment to let me know!

4 Comments

  1. laura.rt.09@gmail.com' 09/02/2014 / 2:02 pm

    Best part …. ➜ For the first time I used the underground to commute to work. It was busy, sweaty and tiring. People looked grumpy, acted like contortionists – trying to squeeze into the smallest spaces in a jam packed carriage and sat in complete silence.

    So true… here in Barcelona people act like zombies too 🙂 Have a nice week!

  2. monica@ganache-macaron.co.uk' 11/02/2014 / 4:09 pm

    You should swing by Hackney/ London Fields area while you’re in London. It’s a bit off the beaten path for the normal tourist, but well worth a visit for its delicious food and funky East London vibe.

    On Saturdays, we have the amazing Broadway Market, filled with yummy food: http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/. Or if you’re going to pop by on a weekday there are some great cafes under the London Fields Railway Arches (including Coffee is My Cup of Tea http://coffeeismycupoftea.com/ and E5 http://e5bakehouse.com/), plus a little macaron bakery http://www.ganache-macaron.co.uk/.

    • Tisha_Tasha@hotmail.com' 11/02/2014 / 9:14 pm

      Sounds great! thanks for all of the recommendations Monica – I’ll definitely have a wander around London Fields at some point! And your macaron bakery looks so lovely 🙂

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