May 13-14: London, part 2

On Friday (May 13; am I ever going to catch up here? must start blogging every day) I headed down to Alice’s to hang out and do some laundry. It was lovely and relaxed, it’s really nice to hang out in an actual homey place rather than a hotel or out. Then we went out for lunch to a nearby place. They had a great deal on, a sandwich/wrap (I got halloumi), drink, crisps and a chocolate bar for £4.

lunch

Then I headed out to the bus to go check out some museums – I went to the Natural History Museum and the V&A. Sadly, the textiles room at the V&A was closed! But apparently they are being moved to a new museum which will be focused on clothworkers and textiles. Just up my alley! Maybe in a few years I’ll come back to visit it. I pretty much looked at the entire V&A, quickly. It’s great. I want all the books in the gift shop!

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

archway

texture

stained glass

gloves

Saturday morning I worked my way around numerous Tube closures to meet up with Kate to hang out. We went to Borough Market first – super awesome! If I lived in London you bet I’d be at the market buying veggies and cheese and stuff. Yum.

Borough Market

Borough Market

Borough Market

mezze at Borough Market

Then we walked along the Thames a bit to the Tate Modern and wandered around there, and we recorded an interview for Kate’s podcast! So keep an eye out on her blog for that. After some lunch, Kate went home and I….wandered around more. Went to the National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, Seven Dials, and walked to Euston tube station. That is a lot of walking.

view of london

graffiti

neal's yard

The Orla Kiely store is so pretty!

orla kiely store

I walked by the British museum, but I didn’t end up going in because it was the end of the day. From Euston I headed out to see Kate again, this time at her flat! A few of her friends were round for some nibbles and a Eurovision screening party complete with scorecards (but not the drinking game). I had to head home about halfway through, but I had a ton of fun. Thanks so much Kate for a great day out!

May 11-12: London, part 1

Crap, the blogging is getting away from me! I’m having someone look at my site still, but I think I might’ve caught what was troubling it – still have to make sure it doesn’t happen again though.

On Wednesday the 11th I got to the Leeds train station with lots of time to spare – much better than rushing! I got 2 seats to myself and did some photo editing and knitting until I started feeling unwell, then just closed my eyes and listened to music. Got into London Kings Cross, loaded up my Oyster card and took the tube to Paddington, where I checked into my hotel. It was easyHotel, which was cheap and a good location. The room was….eh. No furniture other than the bed, and about 16″ of clearance on 2 sides (the bed was in the corner). A bit difficult to navigate, but it was okay. The bed was comfy, anyway. After leaving my stuff I headed out to explore – I took the tube to Oxford Circus (so crowded omg) and walked around Liberty, Carnaby St, Covent Garden, the edge of Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall to the river to see Big Ben.

carnaby street

liberty

liberty

Piccadilly circus

tokyodiner

trafalgar square

ah yes

Walked along the Thames to Embankment, then I took the tube up to High Street Kensington where I got some dinner before heading back to the hotel.

london eye

pancake

On Thursday (May 12) I had breakfast at a coffee shop near the hotel then headed for a walk through Marylebone to Regent’s Park. I stumbled across a street market, and walked past the Sherlock Holmes museum.

church st market

regent's park

herons

Then I took the tube to meet up with Alice for lunch! We went to a delicious Italian cafe, then got a sweet from Ottolengthi in Notting Hill. Then Alice showed me her studio – it’s lovely, with a view of the canal and lots of light and space for dyeing. And yarn, lots of yarn.

alice!

lasagna

ottolenghi

socktopus

I walked back to my hotel to grab my knitting and catch the tube out to Loop for knit night. It’s a lovely shop, with lots of nice yarns including quite a few local ones. I picked up a little bit of Wollemeise.

Loop

Wollemeise

Loop

The knit night ends quite early at Loop, so a few of the gals and I went out to the pub to continue. It was super! Great conversation and just a really lovely time. Thanks gals!

pub knitting (crocheting)

my blog is sick

So apparently people have been getting virus alerts from visiting my website! I’m not quite sure what’s going on (and I do get any alerts or anything) but I’m working with my webhost right not to figure it out.

I’m having lots of fun in London and I’ll catch you up soon!