We’ll never be #Royals

“I’ll never see a diamond in the flesh…” -Lourde

One of my goals while in London was to meet up with Louise. Louise is my colleague at work, whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and communicating with for over 2-years but we never actually met. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it. We met up at the St. Pauls tube stop, in which she led us around the corner to an amazing restaurant called The Happenstance. This restaurant was to die for. It’s distinguished by its hybrid of settings, which ranged from girly and sophisticated to rustic and modern with a southern charm. The walls are wooden and chalkboard, while the furniture ranged from standard metal bar stools to rocking chairs. The ambiance was incredible and set the tone for the perfect lunch date. I finally got the chance to order a London delicacy, fish and chips or as the restaurant called it-hand beer-battered haddock with chips (hehe).

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IMG_1715  Louise and I talked about everything under the sun. I explained to her my reasons for my travels in which I confessed my confusion for the next steps of my life. Turning 25 is so pivotal and I wanted to make sure I lived my 20’s to the fullest with very little mistakes or regrets.

Kydee WilliamsAfter lunch Louise and I walked to St. Paul’s Cathedral where Princess Diana got married. We thought it would also be a great opportunity to take cliché London telephone booth pictures. I had a blast with her but she had to go back to work and I had to meet up with my friends. My friends and I had no way of contacting each other because our phones didn’t work, which meant I had to be back at the designated spot on time.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee WilliamsOnce I met up with the girls, we took a double decker bus to Buckingham Palace. Aside from the soldiers doing their weird march, I loved that the palace gates and fountains were adorned with gold. On my next trip, I may have to go inside to actually get the feel of being in the midst of royalty.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee Williams We strolled from Buckingham to St. James Park where we played on the swings and watched the most interesting looking birds, ducks and geese wander past us. They were so cute and carefree.

Kydee WilliamsThen we took flicks with the stiff soldiers who wouldn’t even crack a smile. No matter what we did to them, they didn’t budge. It was kind of cool but scary at the same time.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams  Kydee WilliamsFinally, the clock stroke 5 and I encountered the sweet sounds of the Big Ben (now known as the Elizabeth Tower). I was so excited to hear him roar. I began to walk towards him, and when I finally was graced with his presence I was in awe by how dignified and handsome he stood. His classic build and quintessential grace is what people think of when they think of London. He’s legendary. I finally felt at that point that my duties as a London tourist were fulfilled.

Kydee Williams Kydee Williams Kydee Williams That night we went to the club Tiger Tiger, which was a recommendation of my friend Brittany. It was a pretty happening club, with 5 different sections, a stripper pole and a LCD dance floor. Each room had something different going on. We danced the night away, partying in London for the first time ever! It was so exciting to see how people on the other side of the pond lives. Once we left, we caught a bus that would take us back to Westminster, but the bus driver hated us. She called my friends and I annoying and told us to get out of her sight. It was so rude of her but funny at the same time. She was the first unfriendly person I met in London, which was excellent when compared to the amount of unfriendly people you encounter in New York on an hourly basis.

Ky’s Verdict

When Can I move here? I loved London. I can totally see myself enjoying the rest of my 20’s here because it’s so darn cool. However, it’s very expensive. British Pounds are a nightmare.

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Just touched down in London Town -Estelle

WiFi was the equivalent to the air we need to survive during our trip. The second we left customs at Heathrow and realized we could get 30-mins of free WiFi, we stayed in the airport to tell everyone #WEMADEIT. When the time was up, I suggested that we take the Tube instead of the Heathrow express because it was much cheaper. We got on the blue line tube until we reached our stop at Lambeth North (switching from the blue to brown line). In total, it was about an hour ride from Heathrow. Once we got out of the train station and realized we were in London, it was the most amazing feeling ever. The high was indescribable, that is until we reached the hotel and they wouldn’t let us check in for another 40-minutes. So with our “loads” of luggage as the brits would say we explored the neighborhood.

Kydee TravelWe discovered a cute London neighborhood with horses and cobble stone streets. We headed directly to the consignment store which seemed like it was straight out of that movie “The Sweetest Thing” with Cameron Diaz. I was in awe with London’s simplistic elegance. The people were polite and just stared at us with curiosity as to where we just traveled from. One man who resembled Grandpa in “The Parent Trap”, came up to us and carried on the most charming conversation with myself and Taurie. He talked about working in the hotel industry for years and how unprofessional our hotel was for not allowing us to check in upon arrival. He continued to talk to us as we just marveled over his accent. He was the quintessential old British man with a hearing aid and tweed suit…It was love at first sight.

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Thrift store in London, the clothes and shoes they had in this store was soooo cool. Think “The Sweetest Thing”

When we finally got to the hotel, we did a quick change and headed back out to explore Westminster.We followed the road to the London Eye and was captivated by its enormity, It was beautiful and everything I’d ever imagined. We waited on the line for about 15-minutes and spent 20GBP to get on the spectacle. It was awesome to see the whole city from such high peaks. I’m happy I got to do it, but it was definitely a one-time thing.

 

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After the London Eye, we went to meet Desh’s sister for the first time. It was also Desh’s first time meeting her too. Her sister ended up being super cool and took us on an amazing tour of London. We traveled to Picadilly Circus, the Theatre district, Soho, the Red Light District and China Town. We ate authentic Chinese food and enjoyed bubble tea as a beverage. I had a blast. We called it a night early, as you could imagine the jet lag was kicking in.

IMG_1673Once we got to the hotel we wanted to explore London some more, so we walked around the area passing the Imperial War Museum and a bunch of other attractions until we miraculously found a WiFi booth. My mom is either a psychic or has perfect timing because she happened to Facetime me at that very moment. I shared with her the key points of my day and showed her the double decker buses that passed by. I was so excited to be in London. I wish I could’ve stayed forever.