2nd to last London weekend, part I

notting hill shopping bag

I can’t believe time my time in London is winding down. It seems to have went faster this year.

Am I just getting older?

I spent my second to last weekend in and around London, enjoying the incredibly nice weather.

Friday morning a few of us checked out Notting Hill. Perused the stores & bought cupcakes. Of course. Hummingbird Bakery is on Portobello Road and so, so good. I liked their vanilla and red velvet cupcakes best.

notting hill

Later that afternoon, after tea at Kensington palace, we checked out the secret gardens.

secret places

kensington palace

Secrets stashed in red balls dangling from a trellis. Such a beautiful outdoor exhibit.

late night @ V&A

Since the V & A museum is a super close to Kensington Palace {and it’s open late on Friday’s}, I hopped on over there for the night.

{Again, this is why London is like urban backpacking. Once you’re out for the day, you might not come home until that night. I literally take a backpack with me everywhere filled with my essentials: wallet, umbrella, cardigan, books, map, Oyster card, camera, water, snacks, etc.}

late night V & A

The V & A had a few of the exhibits I wanted to see closed {fashion, jewelry, ceramics}, but a ton of fun workshops and events happening at night. After walking around for a while, I was more in the mood to sit with a book and glass of wine in their pretty courtyard though. So I did.


On Saturday, Mia and I walked to Camden via Regent’s Park canal. We both had some last-minute gifts to get people at Camden Market.

People live on canal boats along the water.

YES! It’s the best. One of my favorite London walks.

camden collage

I wish I could capture the scent of Camden. It’s a mix of citrus {because of all the juice stands}, incense, and leather {tons of leather goods}. It’s such a distinct smell. Mmmm, so good.

It was incredibly crowded on such a warm Saturday that I immediately  lost Mia in the crowds. After grabbing a bite to eat, I meandered up to Hampstead Heath. My favorite park, just north of London. It’s nice to be in a quiet place after the crowds at Camden.

saturday afternoon @ hampstead heath

the heath

I hung out here for hours, just walking around, taking pictures, and reading in the grass. I finished Sense & Sensibility, and moved on to Sookie Stackhouse books. Ah, it’s summer, you know. I need some light reads mixed in there.


If you’re interested in more London pics, check out Flickr.

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3 Responses to 2nd to last London weekend, part I

  1. Can you believe I’m getting sad and I’m not even in London?!

    Actually, I’m out of the country as well and I’m having so much trouble posting since this computer I’m using doesn’t have a memory card slot!

    All the beautiful pictures of food are stuck on that card with nowhere to go :(

    So now, I’m resorting to my ipod…it’s better than nothing :)

  2. I just discovered your blog through a recommendation from a fellow blogger and I love it! I am actually writing a post right now that will go up tomorrow where I recommend your site. Your pictures are so beautiful and I love seeing England from your perspective.

    Wish I was there traveling too! Have fun!

    • Sarah says:

      Oh, you’re so sweet! I was starting to feel like I might be boring people with constant travel posts. I wish I could have come up with some other content, but – ah – just no time. It’s been a busy summer so far. Thanks again!

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