This is part two. Part one can be viewed here
Poor Jessica! For my first three days in London, she had to bear with my never ending complaints about my gonna-be-broken-soon legs. Plus the winter is no chill... That should explains why I'm running out of money in no time. Every once in a while I need to stop in Starbucks or coffee place, sipping hot cappuccino while sitting conveniently on their warm couch. Anyway, internet must be considered as your life survival kit if you want to arrive in your destination safely. Apps for finding directions like CityMapper and Google map are crucial for your trip. However.. in spite of having both of them, I still get lost so often because I have no sense of direction at all. Luckily you're saved from all the troubles because I've done all the walking for you. There we go for more London stories.
Good, not a waste of time
Splendid. New knowledge or experience
Phenomenal. A moving experience
This place feels so much like Melbourne, but different. So many different things going on all at once at this place. Vintage shops, street food hawkers, hipsters, branded designer clearance sales. On Sundays, they have this authentic food market in a large hall where people from different countries sell their traditional cookings. Warning, it is very VERY hard to choose one of them. The okonomiyaki seems to be the most popular there, but what a shame...I ended up the weirdest dish among every possible choice (I don't know what it's called, but it's from Lithuania). When I regretfully go back to the okonomiyaki, they're all sold out!
DOVER STREET MARKET ★★★
Dover Street Market is a place for those who are willing to spend extra cash to buy designers line clothing. It's not a market, if you imagine it that way. Instead, it's more like an ordinary shop from outside, but once you enter, you will instantly get the feel of Ginza. Each floor stand independently with a different style but everything is totally an eye candy. Too bad I can't show more photos because they kind of scold me when I tried to take picture. However you can see DSM website here for more details. What you can find are designers of calibre such as Alexander Wang, Dior, Givenchy, Junya Watanabe, and more.
It's true that Greenwich is quite a nice place, has a lot of places to go and very educative. Sadly for me, it didn't make any exceptional impression. But I'm sure that should be a great fun for some people. Royal Observatory London has a nice planetarium, Cutty Sark is very unique with its nearly 150 years of history, and Queen's House is not a bad show also.
PICCADILLY CIRCUS ★★
Piccadilly Circus is basically one of the major shopping street in London. It's noticeable instantly by this overrated neon signs for advertisement. I like to stop in there just to watch the buskers (street performers) doing their own things. Oh! and Fortnum and Mason is here too. F&M is the official royal department store and London's oldest tea shop. If Piccadilly starts to get a bit mundane, you can always go to SOHO, Oxford Circus, and Covent Garden relatively close to each other on foot (and yes they're all full of foods and stores).
Another place for shopping spree, with big range of products from stationary, interior, cosmetics, and fashion items. Like Selfridges but inside a charismatic Tudor style building. I love their tiny touch for the interior design, especially in the homeware section (like those fish below). Shopping for clothes here also feels more comfortable (as long as you don't mind the price tags) because the dept store looks very much like your big private closet, only it's filled with Lanvin and Issey Miyake.
REGENT'S PARK ★★★
Regent's Park is an oasis in the middle of the city. Even in winter, this park is still absolutely stunning. I love love love it way more than Hyde Park, which I would only give one star. It's lovely just to wander around, following the swans along the river and find small surprises along the way. Regent's Park is also close to many other place of interests, such as London Zoo, Royal Academy of Music, and my favourite afternoon stroll in Marylebone High Street.
SAATCHI GALLERY ★★★
Saatchi is a contemporary art museum. Contemporary art is the art of today, which means it reflects our world in present time. Some of their exhibitions are very memorable, such as the below one. Those are world flags made entirely by human hair.
The next one is 20 life sized black veiled figures rocking up and down like Islamic women praying. They feel so disturbingly real. Further thought: at the first glance, this art display inevitably bring Islam to our mind. However, you may realise that they are not bowing towards a prayer niche but to a wooden bread decoration instead.
*Photo and text by Cindy.