In London: The Sky Garden

Before this trip I had never even heard of The Sky Garden but I can tell you right now I was missing out, it is beautiful! This mini botanical garden area is 155m up in the air, with 360 degrees panoramic views and spots to eat, you could spend the entire day up here! PhoebeGill160509210The first amazing thing about this place is that it is free to get into! Free! All you have to do is book in at a certain time, there are limited spaces available each day. Check out ticket times and options here. Although the ticket permits you in for an hour at a time, there is also a restaurant and a bar so you can be fed and watered, if you want to experience the Sky Garden for longer.  PhoebeGill160509083In the main section of the Sky Garden there is the Sky Pod where you can have coffee and cake or I choose some delicious lemonade. It is going to be a bit more expensive but it’s such a nice atmosphere. With the plants and the flowers it gives this fresh air feeling. Also I have allergies and I can assure you you I didn’t sneeze once, which was great. Now lets talk about the view. PhoebeGill160509073As you are 155 meters up there needs to be safety procedures so there are thick panes of glass for you to look out at. This does mean that they are a bit grubby and there will be reflections but it is still an amazing view. Watching busy London from above is really interesting, watching boats go by and cars go over the bridge, it’s such a great vantage point to watch the city. PhoebeGill160509089I definitely recommend this gorgeous place, check out the website and book a ticket. Also thanks to the couple who perfectly fit in this image. Hope you’re well! Thanks so much for reading!

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In London: Great Eats You Have To Try!

First off lets talk about The Breakfast Club. I have heard great things about this place for about two years now and I have been desperate to try it. Thankfully this place was so close to where I was staying in London. PhoebeGill160509053I usually test a place by their eggs Benedict and a flat white coffee. They are my staples if I go out to breakfast. I threw in some breakfast potatoes and a freshly squeezed orange juice to my order to make this breakfast the ultimate indulgence! It was so tasty and everything you could want to start your day of exploring and walking around London. Definitely recommend. Check out their locations here. They are open late so you can have breakfast whenever you like! Perfection. This breakfast will set you back a bit, this food was just under £20 but I went all out, you can find cheaper items on the menu. PhoebeGill160509170Now lets talk about the second place that was around the corner from where I was staying that I loved. Pizza Union! Ah if only they were in Ireland. It is a proper Italian style pizza place with a big stone fire pizza oven. It has a quick service and delicious food. PhoebeGill160509287I recommend you get what’s in the picture, a delicious pepperoni pizza, their garlic dip, which is amazing for £1 extra and a Limonata, which, in my opinion is the best drink on earth! This meal will cost you under £10 and you will be full and happy. There are only two locations check where they are at here.

Note: Both of these locations are in Spittlefields.

Usually I snack when I travel so these food posts are few and far between but I wanted to share these two places with you because I have been thinking about them since I’ve been home. How much do you want pizza right now?

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In London: The Tower of London

On a rainy day in London I went to the Tower of London, I had never been before and only ever got a small glimpse of it as I was rushing to the airport. As I had planned so many new things to do during this trip, this had to be added, it’s an iconic tourist attraction.PhoebeGill160510206I think the rain gave the Tower a fitting atmosphere. This medieval fortress is very impressive and has got really interesting history around it. I am not going to do it justice but there are lots of historic elements in each building that showcases the stories of the past. Some buildings of interest are the torture section which really does baffle the mind, there is the armour section that has wonderfully intricate pieces and of course the building where the crown jewels are kept. Which is what everyone really wants to see. PhoebeGill160510229Walking into the crown jewel building, you definitely get a sense of pride, it is very much ‘yay Britain’. There is lots of fanfare and video, bigging up the royal family and Great Britain in general. It is a bit of fun and it’s interesting to see where some of the pieces came (were taken) from.  I saw Queen Victoria’s tiny crown, that is a interesting piece. All in all it’s very opulent and lots of sparkles. It’s great craftsmanship and they are really gorgeous treasures.PhoebeGill160510217My favourite story from this site is the Ravens, it was said at least 6 ravens must be in the grounds at all times or the fortress will fall. Reminds me of Game of Thrones, I really enjoy the superstitions of the past. It was very interesting learning and I definitely recommend you go and see it! PhoebeGill160510238I bought my ticket online so it was a little bit cheaper, it was £21. It is a little pricy but you can also group purchase tickets for different attractions and you can go to onto discounted ticket sites but I don’t know how reputable they are. You can buy your tickets from the official website here!

Have you visited the Tower of London, what was your favourite part? Thank you for reading!

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In London: The British Museum

In all my years of going to London, I had never been to the British Museum. So when I had some free time on a recent trip I headed straight for it. The only tip I have is, and this goes for any museum visit in London is to go early, especially at the weekend! PhoebeGill160508007The British Museum is free to enter, which really is wonderful. The building is so grand and it is very impressive. As a first time visitor it can be a little confusing where you should start but there is a big information point inside the door where I am sure they will point you in the right direction. It get’s very busy as time goes on so it can feel very cramped but just respect other people and let everyone have a turn. Remember manners people! PhoebeGill160508011Museums are really important so that we can learn and understand history. People don’t often get the chance to travel and see artifacts that are native to that country so I understand the need for museums. I got to the Rosetta Stone and it was so crowded and people had to squint to see the information written beside it and there was different information on each side. Which was a shame but still really great to see such an import piece of history that deciphered an amazing ancient writing system. PhoebeGill160508016Although I understand the need for places like the British Museum, I have to say that I felt very emotional walking around the Parthenon room. In school I learnt about Greek and Roman architecture and mythology and having been to the Acropolis and seeing how incredible that site is, it’s horribly sad to see the amazing elements of the Parthenon sitting in a grey, cold room. There was a caryatid all by herself! PhoebeGill160508019As interesting as The British Museum is, it really does feel that the artifacts that decorate this building aren’t theirs, and sometimes it feels like it should be back where it belongs. Maybe it is just the fact that I have been to the countries where these pieces come from that I have more of an emotional connection but I just didn’t really feel comfortable there.PhoebeGill160508030Thats not to say this building isn’t impressive and the design isn’t immersive but to be honest if you are going to have big pieces from places with such a rich history, I would have liked way more information! I suppose I would just like a person like my sister beside me all the time who can explain it’s history in such an engaging way! Definitely go for a visit, there is so much to see I am sure I actually saw very little!

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In London: The Natural History Museum

In London: The Natural History Museum

If you have seen my Berlin Natural History Museum post you will know I really love Natural History Museums, it is my guilt free zoo and I really like walking around and seeing what wonderful creatures inhabit or inhabited this planet.

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As I have said previously, the buildings these fantastic collections house are utterly beautiful. This building has details which are so gorgeous and subtle I urge you to look up and on the arches because you will find some of the most stunning details. The main hall is just wonderful. Once again there is a dinosaur in the foyer with a lot of other wonderful finds dotted around the room.PhoebeGill141213101This building is huge and I am sure what is on display is just a fraction of what is actually kept in this building. There are lots of different routes you can take and it will take a good three hours if you are walking around to each room and taking in information.

PhoebeGill141213079-2There are so many amazing specimens! It is amazing walking around and looking at a mould of ancient dinosaurs, irish elk antlers, a pangolin, so many different types of marine, land, rock collections that are just fascinating!PhoebeGill141213081There were some things I noticed; there is a lot crammed into some rooms and very little in others. The rest of the specimens are in the hallways. It seems that the space that is used has been condensed in some areas which makes it very difficult to read signs or take in what is in the room. It is sometimes not the most clear if you have been down a corridor before or not. I will say you wont be stuck for a bite to eat or buying a trinket. There seems to be a restaurant crammed into a good few areas and multiple gift shops that I think are a little unnecessary.

PhoebeGill141213096I also feel I missed things, which is something that irks me greatly! I also want to see where the preparation rooms are and the collection rooms and stuff like that. I know obviously that is impossible because the collection would be ruined but still there are so many doors I want to go through!

This building and collection are fascinating, it must be hard with such an expansive collection to organise and to try to make money when admission is free but there are some things that I just found irritating.PhoebeGill141213098There is so much to see in the museum I really recommend going if you have some time or want to go. Off peak season on a hot summers day might give you an emptier museum and remember to wear a good pair of shoes. They have some great specimens, information and it is worth it.

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In London: Where To Eat

In London: Where To Eat

Ah London, one of my most favourite places to visit and eat everything I can find. This city has some of the nicest places to eat, ranging in prices, you are sure to find something delicious in every part of the city.

Piccadilly:

The Wolseley is a gorgeous restaurant located in Piccadilly. Once a car show room this large dining area is beautifully decorated with marble floors, pillars and arch ways. They do breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner so there are many different culinary experiences you can have. I have had both breakfast and dinner at the Wolseley and they were both delicious! The prices are going to be more than your average cafe or restaurant but this place is where you go if you want to spoil yourself with a bit of luxury (and possibly the odd bit of celeb spotting) I highly recommend this restaurant and as Donna would say; Treat yoself.

Whole Foods Market is one of my favourite places to go for an on the go meal, they have hot meals, sushi, cold deli bits and pieces. It’s a great place if you like your organic, fresh and “good for you” foods. There is a large range of breads, snacks, ingredients, wines, beauty products. This shop has all, lots of delicious things. My favourite bits to get there are the vegetable tempura sushi, clif bars and the vegan cupcakes are good too!PhoebeGill141213036China Town: 

The only place where I can get the best authentic Chinese dim sum and food is Golden Dragon. This restaurant is amazing, has delicious food, fast efficient service. If you like your sweat and sour or your 3 in 1’s there is no point in going. There are buffets that are scattered around that have bits and pieces that you will enjoy. If you like your jasmine tea and adore bamboo steamers with all the glorious food inside then this place is for you! I adore it, unconditionally. Be warned, this is a busy place, you will most likely have to wait but it is worth it.

Soho:

Princi on Wardour Street is amazing. There are multiple in Milano but this gem thankfully was set up in London. If you like italian food then this fast paced restaurant is perfect! Their bakery is incredible, their pizza is delicious, their other grilled and cooked bits of food are wonderful. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike with love this place. It will be busy but that is testament to how great it is.PhoebeGill141213052There is also one more place that I have not eaten in but I will and it will be next year I blog about it but it is The Breakfast Club, there are a few scattered around London but this would be my “local” It sounds like they do really great food and I really want to try it!

The rest of the time I go to Tesco or Sainsbury’s and get a sandwich and eat it in my hotel room because most of the time I am walking around forgetting to eat.

I don’t have any more pictures of these delicious eats. I am sad.

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