London Day One: M&M’s World, Hamley’s and the three thousand security guards

At the start of the September, I went on an amazingly busy trip to London with Andy, a destination which was chosen purely so Andy could buy some futuristic neon glasses from Cyberdog and so I could go on a Harry Potter studio tour. We obviously planned to do everything else as well, because London hotels are expensive, and because I enjoy doing all the things on holiday. So, with our incredibly packed itinerary at hand, we set off on a three and a half hour trip down the motorway for our five day London extravaganza.

We stopped at a Wetherspoon’s on the way down, where we marvelled at the drunk man singing to himself in the corner, and where I ate a delicious amazing reasonably decent ham and cheese panini. Coincidentally, when we arrived in central London, the first thing we saw was a drunk man dressed as a policemen, so London is definitely the place to go if you enjoy hilarious drunkenness!

Once we’d dropped our bags at the hotel, we set off walking towards M&M’s World, which I was very excited about!

China Town

China Town

If you’ve never been to London before, be aware that NOTHING is as close as you think it’ll be. Even though I’ve been to London plenty of times and knew this, I still thought it would be an excellent idea to do our whole trip on foot, which resulted in walking almost 10 miles each day. This was INCREDIBLY tiring, but also gave us the chance to visit shops and places we’d never have come across if we’d taken the bus.

China Town was one of these places. Before our trip, I saw someone post about China Town on Instagram and really wanted to visit. Unfortunately, we’d already planned out all our days and I didn’t want to disturb the itinerary by adding a new location that might have been miles out of reach. But, by some incredible coincidence, China Town ended up being on the way to multiple locations we visited, including M&M’s World! Which obviously resulted in lots of money being spent before we’d reached our destination, but these things happen.

China Town has loads of Chinese supermarkets, restaurants, bubble tea and bubble waffle vendors, and I was so happy to be able to buy myself some of the best snacks ever! I’ll be showing these in a haul post at a later date, so watch this space!

M&M’s World

Large M&M character statues

Wall of M&M'S

Wall of M&M's

A London bus in M&M's World

Did you know, there are actual stores with floors and floors of M&M’s?

Up until recently, I didn’t.

After seeing a girl post on Facebook about her trip to M&Ms World, I knew I had to force Andy into this chocolate-filled dream land where you can spend £50 on M&M’s without realising what the hell is going on. Sometimes I just get excited, okay?

I budgeted around £10 for this visit, but ended up personalising M&M’s for my mum and sister, buying fancy gift boxes, and getting lost in a photo booth which allowed me to eat my own face.

M&M's in a star-shaped box with mine and Andy's faces on
Literally no idea why I bought these…

They still taste the same as normal M&M’s but they have my face on, and I got to press a giant button to make it happen. Which obviously makes them 100% cooler.

The Japan Centre


On our way to our next planned destination (Hamley’s), we stumbled upon the Japan Centre, which has to be my favourite find of the whole holiday. As you can probably tell from the name, The Japan Centre specialises in Japanese food, books, magazines, homeware and toys. They had a brilliant selection of stuff and I ended up buying loads of amazing things. Including the cutest panda biscuits ever!

A pack of panda-shaped biscuits

Aren’t they cute though?

Hamley’s

A wall of jelly beans
A wall of jelly beans…

I’ve been to Hamley’s a few times before, but I had to take Andy there, because it has five floors of toys and is just incredible. Since I last went, they’d added an entire floor of Star Wars as well, which made it even better. They had some amazing Lego creations down there and the selection of toys was absolutely ridiculous. I didn’t know so many Star Wars things existed!

Rey and BB-8, made from Lego
Rey and BB-8, made from Lego

And, we obviously visited the top floor to look at the amazing Lego creations. Those Lego skills though…

The royal family made out of Lego
The royal family
Sherlock Holmes, made out of Lego
Elementary, my dear Watson…
Batman, made out of Lego
Na na na na na na na na….

Minamoto Kitchoan

My red bean doriyaki
This was an accidental find on our walk to Harrod’s, which resulted in me fangirling in the street until Andy got bored of my unproductive excitement and shepherded me inside the shop so I could actually see the products. Minamota Kitchoan had a stall when I went to Hyper Japan in July, so I was absolutely ecstatic to find a shop full of their tasty Japanese desserts and snacks. I ended up buying myself a red bean doriyaki and lusting over every single other thing in the shop. I’ll definitely be visiting again!

Fortnum and Mason


Another accidental find, which was a similar store to Harrod’s except everything was decorated in dreamy, magical, botanical patterns. I obviously didn’t buy anything here, because I was already in shock from my M&M’s spending, but it was such a beautiful store to explore.

Harrod’s

A beautiful Christmas display at Harrod's
After walking what felt like 3 million miles, we finally reached Harrod’s. Andy requested a visit to Harrod’s as part of our trip and I agreed, because it was a perfect way of convincing him to spend hours and hours doing things I wanted to do.

Just kidding. Well, sort of kidding…

If you don’t know, Harrod’s is a really fancy department store where you can buy designer clothes, fancy jewellery, food and souvenirs. I was surprised by just how fancy it was, and how many security staff they had hired within one building. Every single room had its own set of security guards!

Even though it was pretty impressive, I was expecting it to be more exciting than it was, and was disappointed to find that the majority of it was filled with boring designer stuff that I could never afford.

However, I did enjoy visiting the magical food hall, and the souvenir floor was amazing. If you want something that says “Harrod’s” on it then definitely go straight to this floor!

Me with the Harrod's bears
Posing with the Harrod’s bears!

The End of the Day

Now onto the most hideous incident of the day. If you’re emetophobic, please skip the next two paragraphs.

Because I really needed a wee, we decided to eat in the closest food place, which in London is always a Pret A Manger (I still have no idea why there are so many). But, because I’m an idiot who can’t chew her food properly this didn’t actually happen. What actually happened was I bought myself a nice chipotle tortilla, got a piece of rocket stuck down my throat, started choking, gagging, then threw up on Andy’s leg in front of everyone in there. Yes, I’m an idiot.

Luckily, London is overrun with Pret A Manger’s, so I could quickly evacuate to the one over the road, and eat a fresh sandwich without having to feel like everyone was staring at me. But I still felt like an idiot. The only good thing to come out of this is that we now have a super-romantic couple story to tell people. By “we” I obviously mean “I” because Andy doesn’t think it’s as cute and hilarious as I do. In fact, I’d even go as far to say that he’d probably have preferred it if I didn’t throw up on his leg in front of an entire cafe of people. Oh well.

*END HORRIBLE STORY*

The rest of the day was spent crying in the hotel room because my legs hurt more than I thought they could hurt and I’d already spent half of my spending money for the week. I also had an emotional call to my family about the ridiculously expensive M&M’s I’d bought them, before settling down to watch Bake Off. It was an amazing first day, and I wish I was there right now. *cries hysterically*

And that’s it for my first London post. I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll try to get the other four written as soon as I can, but, as you can probably tell from the length of this post, there’s a lot to write about. This post is almost 1500 words!

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16 Comments

  1. London looks so cool! I’m always curious about the Chinatowns all over the world. Glad you go to walk through Chinatown even though it was unplanned for! The M&M’s store looks super cool! It has been ages since I had M&M’s but I think I want some after reading this post XD. YASSS THE LEGO STORE LOOKS SUPER LEGIT! The BB8 is so adorable. Ok, why can’t we have this in the Lego Store at Disneyland? I mean Disney owns Star Wars now XD XD.

    YASSSSsS. Okay, we don’t have a Minamota Kitchoan but we do have a Minamoto Kitchoan and I love their goodies. It’s more on the expensive end but it’s worth the fancy pants money. Glad you and Andy had fun out there besides the incident at Pret a Manger. It’s okay, at least you survived the incident XD. Hope you’ll have a chance to visit again soon!

  2. I loved reading about your first day in London! This brought me back to the time I first went to London alone without my family just dragging me around the touristy places – I managed to walk around instead of using the touristy red buses to take me to places. I went to Chinatown by accident too hahaha! I was only there for two days so I couldn’t explore much and China Town wasn’t on the list but we just somehow ended up there. xD I didn’t even know that M&Ms thing existed T_T It looks like so much fun – don’t they have something like it in Manchester? Or am I making that up? I laughed at “where you can spend £50 on M&M’s without realising what the hell is going on.” That would’ve of been me amazed and overwhelmed by all the things.

    WOW so that’s what Harrods looks like. EXTRA ASF WITH EVERYTHING haha! I’ve always wanted to visit but never really had the time to! I love that photo of you, you’re adorable!!

    OMG as long as you’re okay and laughing back at the accident HAHA. I really hope you’re okay but OMG i laughed so much reading that HAHHA!! You’re super adorable Amy T_T

  3. That’s so exciting you guys went to London! Or maybe it’s not so exciting?? I’m not sure, haha. Regardless it sounds like you guys had a ton of fun!

    Wow. M&Ms world looks amazing. It’s also amazing that there is a whole store dedicated to just M&Ms. And that’s also really neat that you can customize them as gifts.

    The Lego creations look really cool! My brain hurts thinking about how long those must have took.

    And LOL OMG at your accident. I’m glad that you’re okay! Excited to hear more about your London adventure 😀

  4. Wow, 10 miles is a lot of walking in one day. I am so out of shape that just walking a couple miles is exhausting for me. lol But all of these places look awesome. I actually didn’t know London had a Chinatown. That’s pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to go to a Chinatown. The nearest one to me is Washington D.C., which is an hour and a half. I’ve been to D.C. before, so I’m surprised I’ve never been to it.

    M&M World looks amazing! I just love m&ms. The candy is delicious, but I always thought the little characters were cute too.

  5. I visited Chocolate/M&M world in NYC. For some reason, the smell when I walked in gave me a massive headache, but it was super cool, seeing all of the colors.

    Don’t be embarrassed about throwing up in public. It happens to the best of us.

  6. Aw man, look at that wall of M&Ms! That’s so cool looking! There’s one in NYC that I’ve seen multiple times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been in it. I think that’s funny that you can print your face on them!

    Aahh, I love Japanese stores. I would totally go into the Japan Centre if I saw it. And I like seeing those large Lego creations! That’s crazy how big they. They must use soooo many pieces. That’s also a cute photo of you with the Harrod’s bears!

    Eep, that sucks about the throwing up part. I like how you just found another Pret A Manger’s to go to, haha. I look forward to seeing your other entries!

  7. Oooh I want to go back to London soon! I’ve never been to M&M world but it looks glorious. I can’t believe technology has come so far that you can have your face printed on M&Ms! That’s amazing!!
    I was disappointed by Harrods too, and I felt very out of place there. I picked up a box of tea from the Food Hall and that was bloody expensive!

    I love the Beefeater bear in Hamleys! Did they still have the wind-up ones on display that whistle and play the drums?

    Oh no! Sorry to hear about your incident – I hope you were okay! Can’t wait to hear the rest of your stories

  8. I’ve never been to London but wow, those are pretty interesting places! My favorite out of all the places you listed is Hamley’s, simply because I love anything Lego and a whole floor with Star Wars stuff just sounds like my kind of paradise! Haha <3

    I feel like whenever I'm travelling, I always just end up stumbling upon that place's China Town by accident! Lol!

  9. Wow! M&M world looks so amazing. I can understand how you would end up spending more money than planned haha. Custom M&Ms are so cool. 😀

    Awww The Japan Centre sounds like a fascinating place to see. 😀

    Wow. Hamley’s is impressive too. It looks like there would be so much to see!

    This post was great! Even though you had the rocket incident and your legs heart, there was a lot to see and do. 🙂

  10. OMG M&M World looks amazing! It looks like you had a total blast, but yeah I can relate. I’d spend soo much there :O

    The photos you took of the Japan Centre look awesome. It really looks like such a fascinating and interesting place to visit. I’d LOVE to be able to visit some of these places one day. Aside from the rocket incident, it really sounds like such an amazing trip you took!

  11. I can’t help but to have this image of you on the phone with your parents crying telling them that you bought the incredibly expensive m&ms. They try to console you for hours until they say something along the lines of, “Don’t worry about it. I’m sure they’re pretty.” and then suddenly you stop crying and a twinge of anger comes up as you shout, “THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL,” and hang up the phone and eat your m&ms with your face on them as you silently cry. I have an active imagination, I know.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. And my condolences to your legs.

  12. Wow…ten miles a day is definitely a good workout. However, it seems as if all of the walkings was definitely worth it. All of your pictures are gorgeous, and thus making me want to visit London even more.

  13. Oh no! Poor Andy. Definitely an interesting tale to tell everyone lol. I don’t think Ryan would have been happy if I’d thrown up on him either.

    I love M&M World and Hamlets but didn’t know they’d introduced a Star Wars section! Gives me an excuse to go back to London again, if I needed any more reasons. I love the city.

    Harrods is great. I love the food court and the toys section, oh and the book area!

    Can’t wait to read more of your trip.

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