London summer: postcards from London

Tower Bridge - The cat, you and us

It’s London…

… indeed! since this post contains the most quintessential London photo spots we re-visited during this summer trip. Let’s be tourists together, shall we?

I have already mentioned (sorry if I sound like a broken record!) that we went to London as my mom’s 60 birthday present because visiting the city was a dream for her. Her image of London included a red cabin & bus, the Buckingham palace, the Tower Bridge & London Eye and of course the Big Ben & Houses of Parliament. So, to be true to her depiction of the city, we tried to tick off as many iconic visits as possible while still having some unexpected surprises (like the Sky Garden or a cupcake at Primrose Bakery, to mention a couple).

London red telephone cabin - The cat, you and us Soho London - The cat, you and us
London Belgravia houses - The cat, you and us
London Belgravia houses - The cat, you and us
London Belgravia houses - The cat, you and us London Primrose Hill - The cat, you and us

I think I may have a biased image of London. The first time I visited (as a teen!) I stayed in one of these white houses with columns in the entrance & stairs, so that’s what I picture when I think about London. Also colored doors, wooden stores exteriors and gorgeous brick architecture like the one in the Soho neighborhood.

When someone mentions London which is the image that comes to your mind just right away?

British Museum - The cat, you and us
British Museum - The cat, you and us
British Museum - The cat, you and us
British Museum - The cat, you and us
British Museum - The cat, you and us British Museum - The cat, you and us

This picture at the British Museum has a double meaning.
London was the first trip I took with Daniel abroad, we went with my room mate and a friend of hers as a group trip with tickets for Guys & Dolls (the musical), but decided that would split in groups of two (like casually, ha!) because we had different interests. We went to the British Museum and took exactly a picture like this (well, with a disposable camera!) in this same spot & pose. We couldn’t miss the chance to dwell into the good nostalgia and replicate it!

Soho Pubs - The cat, you and us Mimi's hotel Soho - The cat, you and us
Mimi’s Soho Hotel

Mimi’s Soho Hotel – We stayed in the Soho for the proximity to restaurants – my family has this “I need to have breakfast/coffee” rush just after waking up, so having cafรฉs at hand was a must – and for its central location. We would have chosen Shoreditch instead of Soho, but I believe it was more convenient for my mom & auntie to be here. We confirmed that all the hotels in London central are quite expensive (duh! but somehow I was completely surprised that the prices were the same as in New York, tho), so we made the compromise of having a very comfortable hotel with smaller rooms. The hotel is tiny and doesn’t have lots of services, but has a chic vibe, I loved the materials and finishes, the bed was super comfy (a lot!) and everything was very clean and had quality amenities. So I give a thumbs up!

Mimi's hotel Soho - The cat, you and us Regent Street London - The cat, you and us
St James Park - The cat, you and us
London squirrel - The cat, you and us
St James Park - The cat, you and us
Changing of the Guard London - The cat, you and us
Changing of the Guard London - The cat, you and us

By chance we arrived at just the time of the change of guard at the Buckingham palace, which wasn’t in our plans at all, but turned out to be one of the favorite things for my mom (& a crazy crowds-hell for us, ha!). While crossing the Hyde Park we started to see lots of crowds which made us suspicious of some event going on, we can be pretty forgetful sometimes, I have to admit. How couldn’t I think about the famous change of guard?

Have you ever attended it? With the heat it was quite an experience and I didn’t know that there were so many police on horses controlling the crowds. We were quite lucky to reach one of the doors, so had one of the guards getting closer to say “hello”.

London eye - The cat, you and us Tower Bridge - The cat, you and us Mimi's hotel Soho - The cat, you and us
Soho Pride - The cat, you and us
London Soho red telephone cabin - The cat, you and us

Another unexpected event was that we were precisely visiting just the same day of the London pride. It was awesome to see how involved everyone was, also all the stores showcasing flags and t-shirts to support (big yay). For sleeping purposes I would have avoided the Soho if I would have known before hand, the party just took place at the same street of our hotel (& surroundings) and was difficult to (just) walk towards our room in the evening, and was loud. Luckily neither of us have many issues to sleep when travelling and didn’t mind at all. Also it was incredible to see how clean the street was the morning after, considering the big (gigantic) mess we saw the night before, we couldn’t believe our eyes!

I usually have problems sleeping, I am a night owl, however my bio rhythm changes completely when travelling and I tend to fall sleep in a matter of minutes. Does anyone else experience something similar or maybe the opposite?

London Soho with family - The cat, you and us
London Liberty - The cat, you and us
London Liberty - The cat, you and us
Carnaby Street Soho London - The cat, you and us
Soho London - The cat, you and us
Soho London - The cat, you and us

See you soon dearest London, hope you will welcome us as warmly next time! Next will be the last chapter of our London summer trip with a tiny foodie guide with the places we loved.

Bonus pic
London squirrel - The cat, you and us

Because you can’t never get enough pictures of greedy squirrels holding a nut very tight, ha!

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6 Comments

  1. Nieves ADDS...

    Me encantan todas las fotos! Es impresionante la cantidad de sitios hermosos quรฉ vimos… Aprovechamos cada dรญa y cada instante para disfrutar de Londres! Gracias por darme la oportunidad de conocer todo esto.

    2nd October 2018
  2. Oh my, I’m so amazed that you were able to get such a clear photo of the guards! My parents really wanted to see the changing of the guards and I really didn’t want to because I knew that there were going to be a TON of tourists (we visited over summer break too!). We did end up going and there were so. many. people. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    3rd October 2018
  3. Fee ADDS...

    That painted pink house is the sweetest photo ever! So nice you got to tick off all the iconic spots for your Mum :) The hotel you stayed looked like it should belong in a Wes Anderson film – very good choosing!

    3rd October 2018
  4. Louise ADDS...

    Ohhh, I love the photo — and the story behind it — of the picture at the British Museum! Also, ticking of the iconic spots in London sounds like a pretty perfect gift — these pictures must be an even better way of preserving the memory for your mum and yourself.

    3rd October 2018
  5. Kate ADDS...

    Oh this is a great post. It makes me miss London. Great captures and looks like you covered a lot of ground during our little heatwave here in the UK. I do hope your next visit will swing by Brighton hehe xx

    4th October 2018
  6. Mary ADDS...

    Omg, this bonus pic! <3 I love these photos, I wish I could visit London soon.

    8th October 2018

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