I’d already been to London once before, back in January. But let’s be honest — going to Europe in the dead of winter wasn’t the best idea. While I really wanted to appreciate London at that time, I was too sick and too cold to really take it all in. I spent more time resting up in our apartment and avoiding the snow than exploring. This time, with a bit more experience, Kat, Gala and I planned our trip out much better and even though we had less days off, we managed to squeeze a ton of fun stuff in.
We chose to stay in Shepherd’s Bush because we found a great art deco apartment just a few minute walk from both the tube and Westfield. Westfield is a luxury shopping mall with a huge selection of restaurants and we knew that after long days of teaching, we could tuck away into dinner and make it back home with very little effort.
But, back to our apartment — I loved it. Yes, it was convenient and affordable but the real selling point was this completely over the top wallpaper. The rest of the place was expertly curated as well. I could have easily moved in and not changed a thing with the decor (and I’m picky as hell).
This tray, complete with a quirky set of salt and pepper shakers in our kitchen window made me smile.
We even had a tiny little balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Cute, right?
The reason we were in London was to teach two back-to-back Blogcademy workshops. Getting off a plane from Greece last Wednesday night and rolling with very little sleep right into a 6 a.m. alarm Thursday morning was a rude awakening but once we got to our venue, Curtain Road Studios, the excitement started to flow.
This time around, we had tons of beautiful flower arrangements by WildAbout Flowers that really livened up the space.
One of our attendees, Fifi Scarlett handmade these amazing masks and I took full advantage of getting some photos in one during our break.
Every morning, on our walk to class, we passed by this Fornasetti display.
After our last night of teaching, we went out to Pizza East in Shoreditch. I loved the rustic tables, handwritten signs and of course, the tasty pizza selection.
Gala introduced me to the wonders of ginger beer.
On Monday, our only free day in London, we hit the city hard — but my favorite stop is always Liberty, a department store that was founded in 1875. Their stationery section is off the hook.
After Liberty, we stopped by Sketch. I’d been obsessed with the place since it opened its doors 10 years ago and to finally see it in person was a dream — I have a full post coming next week about the experience but if you’re visiting London, put this restaurant at the top of your list!
London was a blast but I wasn’t quite ready to head home yet! On Tuesday, Gala and I boarded Virgin Atlantic, bound for New York. I try to visit my friend Bianca at least once a year and it was the perfect time to tack on a few more days in one of my favorite cities.
Within two hours of landing in New York, I was ready to head out to a new bar, The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District. This place (and its drink selection) was way too good to sum up here so expect a full review soon!
Whenever I’m in Soho, I swing by Dean & DeLuca. They have the best food, flowers, and well…the best everything.
Bianca’s apartment is on Wall Street so every time I walk to the subway, I get to pass by this handsome lad.
I’m now back in Portland, attempting to stay awake and ignore my jet lag while trying to remember what it’s like to not live out of a suitcase. What a whirlwind it’s been. And, tomorrow’s my birthday! Woohoo!
Thanks for following along with my adventures — have a great weekend, everyone! xo