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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Summer in London

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I spent most of my summer living in London. I was there for school (studying International Law at King’s College London), but did manage to have an amazing time exploring as much of the city as possible. Thankfully, I was done with class each day at 2:30 and then would immediately head out – there are too many places I loved to list them all, but I thought I would highlight a few of my very favorite spots! I did have the chance to get out of London and visit the Cotswolds, Oxford, Bath, and Paris – but will share more about those stops later!

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Portobello Road Market (above) is a must. It was one of the first things I did in London and I had so much fun wandering around! While there, check out the Tin Shed for coffee/breakfast and Wild at Heart for the prettiest flower displays. Also walk through St. Lukes Mews. I loved ALL the mews in London – see this Instagram post for more! Other markets I’d highly recommend visiting include Borough Market for food and Columbia Road Flower Market for (duh) flowers! Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s amazing just to see it all. I stopped in the Old Shoreditch Station for coffee on my way to Columbia Road and it was great. I also stopped at the Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market and the Duke of York Square Food Market while exploring the Chelsea neighborhood (don’t miss the colorful Bywater Street!).

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Sketch (above) for tea is also wonderful. You’ll want to make a reservation, but they do have other, non-pink rooms if you want to just stop in for cream or afternoon tea (I only did afternoon tea once since it can be pricey, but had cream tea a number of times and loved it as an alternative). Other restaurants and pubs I loved included Granger & Co. (I went to the one at King’s Cross, but there is also one in Notting Hill), Dishoom, George Inn (a 17th-century coaching inn and pub), Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the Churchill Arms (if just to see the decorations!), the Princess Louise, and the Builder’s Arms.

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Some other random sights I wouldn’t miss include St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kynance Mews, Liberty London, the V&A Museum, Kyoto Garden in Holland Park, the Wallace Collection, the Inns of Court, and walking along the south bank of the Thames from the Millennium Bridge to Westminster Bridge where you end up (below) with a great view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. And maybe my favorite thing was stopping by a ticket booth in Covent Garden to see what shows were available at a discount for that night – I saw Agatha Christie’s the Mousetrap, the Woman in Black, Kinky Boots, and Guys and Dolls (with Rebel Wilson!). SO much fun. I already want to go back…

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