Sunday, 7 December 2014

21st Birthday in London

It seems like ages ago since I've been able to sit at my desk and type out some blog posts so apologies if I seem a little out of sync with it all! I've been really busy recently with uni projects, deadlines and just generally trying to keep up to date on things. During the middle of last week I turned 21 so I had a little time to myself to relax and enjoy my birthday with friends/family and where better to celebrate being 21 than London. I love London it has always been one of my favourite places to visit so I was so excited to spend my birthday there especially with it being so close to Christmas!

I had went down to London with my boyfriend as he kindly payed to take me for my 21st. We only spent the one night in London but got two full days out of it as we arrived at dinner time on the Wednesday and returned home on the Thursday just past midnight. Everything in London compared to Newcastle is immensely bigger and a there is a lot more of, for example I must of came across 7 or 8 Accessorize stores within my whole time down London.

It is an amazing place to visit and I could of happily spent a lot longer there. The first thing we did once we checked into our hotel and unpacked was hit Oxford Street. Most of the trip down London was based on Oxford Street because we really wanted to walk down the whole street and see what we could come across. It was incredibly cold and busy but we were too excited to care or notice. One shop I did dive into was Selfridges and it took me not even 5 minutes and I had already purchased a makeup product (which you will see in a haul soon!). I could easily have spent all of my birthday money in that one store because there was plenty to look at.

After spending a good few hours on Oxford Street we somehow landed in Leicester Square. First place that caught my eye was the m&m store and of course I went in for a browse and left with some m&m's! Leicester square had a Christmas market on with a couple of fairground rides which were all festively decorated in fairy-lights. We were also surrounded by Christmas music which was all very exciting to be around. I loved the little woody, shed-like stalls where you could buy different foods. 


Once we had finished wondering around we went back to the hotel got dressed up and went to an Italian restaurant for my birthday meal. We ended up in a place called Pizzeria Oregano which served the most amazing pizzas ever! As a starter that was already set out I had green stuffed olives which were probably the best I've ever tasted. We then followed with two pizzas and fries to share, it was lovely. After the meal we wanted to get a couple of drinks in a bar close by but unfortunately even though I have just turned 21 I got I'D and silly me has no I'D on me. I guess this is a positive thing people thinking you look younger than you are. However this happens to me very very often...


The next morning after check out we decided to visit London bridge which was eye catching, especially being able to see all the massively structured buildings in the distance. We did want to try and visit Buckingham palace and Houses of Parliament but we were on a time schedule so we went back to Oxford Street and spent the rest of our afternoon shopping! We had also stopped off at Nightsbridge before heading back to the train station just to visit some of the really high end stores. Harrods blew me away especially the food halls, you could definitely spend a small fortune in that store. I was on the lookout for lobster because I have always wanted to try it, I read somewhere they sold lobster salad but unfortunately I could not find it. So lobster is still on my bucket list of things to try!


Once we were all tired out from walking for ages we decided to chill at Kings cross station and wonder through some of the shops there until our train arrived. I had such an amazing time down London and I am already wanting to go back sometime soon to do more things. Could easily spend a small fortune down there whilst visiting a lot of famous landmarks! So happy my boyfriend took me there as my 21st couldn't have been better.
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  1. London is lovely but you are brave to face the crowds in this time of year! x

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    1. oh gosh I underestimated how bad it would actually be! x

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  2. London looks so lovely at Christmas time! Can't wait for my next visit this week :)
    www.clashingtime.co.uk <3 Now following xx

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    1. I know it gets your all excited for Christmas!

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing time! I miss London!

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

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    1. I love London I would happily go again! x

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  4. I'm so glad you had such a lovely b.day, it was mine last week and I turned 46, but I still remember my 21st which I also spent in London. My hubby took me to a show there, for a meal, to Oxford St and we did a boat trip down the Thames and we stayed in a gorgeous Hotel too. It's the best place to spend time.

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    1. Aw that's great! London is lovely mind plenty to do can easily spend a week there and not get bored!

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  5. I have never been to London :( But love reading touristy style posts because it just makes me want to visit even more !!
    Thanks for sending me your link on twitter tonight. Followed :)

    Megan xx
    www.auroradust.com

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    1. I would recommend going I have been a couple of times all of which have been amazing!

      Katie ♥

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  6. Sounds like you had a very busy time in London! Happy belated 21st birthday, hope you had a lovely time :) x
    Laura at Lola and Behold

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