Because the weekend with Emily was so much fun, we just had to continue the festivities in London the following weekend! It was funny how these past two weekends worked out, as I had originally thought of going to London to celebrate my 21st birthday and to see Emily. But then she was already traveling last weekend and extended her trip to include Amsterdam so Shannon and I decided to pay her a visit the following weekend! We said our goodbye’s Monday morning only to be reunited Thursday afternoon. In typical fashion, we wasted no time in hitting the city. Emily made sure to start our visit out just right with good food and some shopping!
We went to bed early so we could start Friday fresh. After a lovely breakfast at an adorable restaurant called Honey & Co. we headed to Notting Hill to check out Portobello Market. After walking the length of the market, we hopped on the bus and made our way to Harrods! I had been to London when I was very young and apparently we went to Harrods, but it was fun to see it again, especially now that it is all decorated for the holidays! We, of course, had to go to the toy section where I found a stuffed bear that looks very similar to one that I have from my first trip to London!
After Harrods we walked to Covent Garden to see some more markets and get a cup of tea.
That evening we had a lovely dinner and walked through a Christmas market, where we all picked up these fabulous faux fur headbands! We felt a little ridiculous but they are so warm and a fun way to remember this trip!
We began Saturday with a delicious brunch at The Riding House Café (continuing our weekend of amazing food…Emily did not disappoint!) and then hopped on the tube to see Big Ben, the London Eye and more of the London sights.
That afternoon we joined the Wellesley Club UK at a reception welcoming Dr. Paula Johnson, Wellesley’s new president! We were so lucky that she happened to be in London the same weekend we were visiting and that it worked to meet her. It is always fun to attend Wellesley events like this because you get to meet so many incredible alumnae.
Sunday was more brunch and exploring Shoreditch. We were so lucky with the weather all weekend but Sunday was a little cold and rainy. Luckily it wasn’t bad enough to keep us inside!
It was a wonderful weekend and so much fun to see Emily again. She was the perfect hostess!
As always, it was a blast to travel with my trusted travel buddy, Shannon. Next up, Hamburg and Dublin!