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 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!
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!
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.
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!
Aren’t they cute though?
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!
And, we obviously visited the top floor to look at the amazing Lego creations. Those Lego skills though…
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.
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!
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!