|Same Starbucks fix, different city, but doing it right in my fab new Vaute Couture coat! Don't mind my just-arrived-pooped-I-got-no-sleep-on-flight look...|
London is a beautiful city with needless to say, a whole lot of history. No easy task to pick a handful of the 681 pics I took to put in this post, but I tried- bear with me:
The weather in London is always damp, coupled with the unusual colder weather, made for really cold feet- not so fun for sight-seeing, but one of the many great things about London- all the museums are pay what you want. We went to The British Museum & The National Gallery a few times, which even then, we didn't cover all the galleries filled to the brim with the most fabulous
|Yes, Big Ben is a whole lot smaller in person.|
|Just another fabulous typical street in the center of London, replete with super expensive cabs & double deckers. Don't ask how much we spent from the airport to the hotel...|
|Fountain in Trafalgar Square, yes, fountains run through the London winter- they typically don't have freezing winters. Yep, just our luck- snow.|
|This was the site of many a beheading at the Tower of London, including Henry VIII's lovely wife number 2, Anne Boleyn. Yes, the Tower visit was at times beautiful & gruesome.|
|Horse Guard Parade|
|Changing of the Guards in front of Buckingham Palace. Boo hiss on the bear fur hats- there is no pomp nor circumstance in killing an animal for an accessory. What if there was a vegan guard- would he be able to get a faux fur bear hat?|
|A street in the lovely neighborhood of fancy Marylebone|
|A view from St.James Park|
|A very snuggly squirrel feasting on a nut|
|Snowstorm at Windsor Castle|
|And what might this extremely long line be for? what fabulous historical site? Yes, that would be the very celebrated Abercrombie of Fitch. Churchill & Lord Nelson's bespoke tailors are turning in their graves.|
|Cat mummies at The British Museum|
The Wagamama noodle chain was our lunch standby- tons of vegan options & noodle soup was the only way to go to defrost our toes & fingers. The Pho chain was another good one as well.
|Wagamama: vegan udon noodle soup|
|Pho: spicy vegan noodle soup|
|Another Wagamama yumminess: vegan curry noodle soup- so divine|
|Love the soy yogurt & soy puddings|
One day, we trekked to Camden Locke Market, which turned out to be a bust. Just cheesy, cheapy clothes & accessories- we should have gone to the Portobello Market instead- oh well, now we know. Cold & hungry, we ended up at inSpiral Lounge which I was grateful for their mostly vegan menu but definitely way too much of a hippy dippy vibe for me. The vegan lasgna was good though.
|Ah little bird, were you warning me to enter not to this cheesy marketplace?|
|InSpiral Lounge vegan lasgna|
For Christmas Eve dinner, we made a last minute reservation at Shanghai Blues which turned out to be perfect because they didn't have a set menu so everyone could order whatever they wanted and for me, a yummy vegan mapo tofu. We had such a great time on Christmas- wearing our Christmas crowns, what a fun British tradition. Might try to my hands on some Christmas crackers for future celebrations.
|Christmas Eve dinner with our lovely Christmas crowns from our Christmas crackers.|
|Delectable silky spicy mapo tofu from Christmas Eve dinner at Shanghai Blues|
Part of my Christmas present to my sister was high tea at The Ritz, yes fancy we were indeed. High tea is so quintessentially English, how could we not partake. Through much research & inquiry, I discovered that The Ritz could accommodate vegans. The room was gorgeous & the table perfectly dressed. Christmas high tea required reservations & we had a lovely time which was well worth the price.
|Vegan tea sandwiches|
|Vegan blush from too much champagne|
Was wonderful to see the city that my sister has been living in for the year. Am so proud of her & we really enjoyed spending the holidays together. But am thrilled to be home at last. Have had my share of traveling for a bit, but then again this is a new year....