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Last weekend, me and one of my book-loving friends took a trip to London for a few days!

The best thing that we did was visit the View from the Shard! It’s a little bit pricey but boy is it worth the money!

The view from the Shard viewing platform!

The view from the Shard viewing platform!

We decided to go up for the 7.30pm viewing slot, and we’re so glad we did because the light was amazing and it was fairly quiet up there! There was only a small breeze so it wasn’t too windy on the outside platform, and you could still see for miles! It was a boiling hot weekend, so it was nice to be able to have a little breeze up there! I could have happily stayed up there for ages, just staring at the view!

We also went to find a street called Cecil Court, because it was apparently the place where Diagon Alley was filmed for the Harry Potter films, although i’m not sure if it actually was because it didn’t look very familiar. Maybe it was just based on it? Anyway, we discovered that it was full of little independent bookshops!

Cecil Court, London

Cecil Court, London

I’ve never seen so many in one place before!

We also went to the Tower of London, which was insanely packed – it was a glorious sunny Saturday in June though – and we found this huge book which is a ledger full of receipts and things:

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One of our main reasons for visiting was to go to the new Foyles flagship store!

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

Inside Foyles

We walked into the building and we could smell fresh paint and freshly cut wood! (Kind of reminded me of the Ikea warehouse!) There were so many floors of books! It really is a beautiful and bright new shop!

We didn’t have much time there though: we went in early evening but we realised that we needed to eat before we could focus on books (that’s how hungry we were, that books meant nothing when we were starving!) so we left and went to get dinner up the road, and then came back with only about 20 minutes before closing time at 9pm, when we got kicked out! We ended up walking back to Piccadilly to catch our bus back to the hotel, and realised Waterstones Piccadilly was still open past 9pm so we spent the next hour in there as well! I didn’t buy any books, although my friend bought many!

We also visited a little bookshop/cafe which my friend had discovered and wanted to try. It’s called “Tea and Tattle” and is near to the British Museum. It’s quirky but cute and they do excellent sandwiches, which was great after a long day!

Inside Tea and Tattle

Inside Tea and Tattle

We had a nice little evening snack there before popping into the British Museum and then going on to the Shard. Some of the other customers seemed to be having afternoon tea with cake, and it looked delicious! We’ll definitely go back to try that next time!

It was a good weekend in London, especially as it was really hot and gloriously sunny weather! It was just what I needed!

As i have been on work experience, i decided to make the most of it and do some exploring!

The Sunday when i first arrived, i walked around Bayswater and through Hyde Park which was busy because it was a warm and sunny evening. I also went to Waterstones Piccadilly and Oxford Street, and also Hatchards bookshop, so i’ve done some bookish things too!

I’ve managed to fit in quite a lot of things since then, especially on Saturday when i did all the following:
– Walked along Oxford Street
– Visited the Marimekko shop
– Visited Hamleys
– Visited Liberty
– Visited Carnaby and Choccywoccydoodah
– Visited Tate Modern
– Crossed the Millennium Bridge
– Visited St Pauls cathedral
– Walked around Covent Garden and visited the Moomin Shop
– Walked to the British Museum
– Walked to Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square
– Visited the National Gallery

It was a really knackering day! I also spent Sunday afternoon at Tate Britain, which is by far the best Tate gallery i’ve been to, and walked west along the Thames and crossed over the river and came back through Chelsea.

I have also been walking through the city on an evening, going into clothes shops and just soaking up the atmosphere.

It’s a whole new way of life for me and it’s good but i can’t afford to stay here for a longer period of time!


I hope you all had a great Christmas!

This has been one long year, although it feels like it’s flown by now it’s the end of December! I’m looking back at stuff that happened in 2013 and have composed a little list:

  • I finally finished reading LOTR!
  • I dyed my hair blonde/pink, then blonde/purple, then blonde/brown, and now brown!
  • I went to the London Book Fair.
  • I visited the ICEBAR in London!
  • I spent the best part of an evening exploring the bookshops of London, especially the massive Waterstones Piccadilly!
  • I quit my job which i hated and don’t regret it.
  • I went to my best friend’s wedding. 
  • I watched the Doctor Who 50th anniversary which was really good!

My favourite book that i read this year was probably “Starcrossed: Goddess” by Josephine Angelini, which i had been waiting for about a year to read and bought as soon as it was published! I really enjoyed finding out what happened at the end of the trilogy! See my review for “Goddess (Starcrossed#3)”

I re-read quite a few books this year, but still managed to read a nice selection of new ones too! For the full list, have a look at My 2013 Reading List! I was aiming for 100 books but only managed 93! I might have managed it if i hadn’t been lazy during September when i didn’t really read anything!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog, i really appreciate you for following me and my words, and all i can do now is to say thankyou and wish you a Happy New Year!

See you in 2014!