After traveling abroad this past summer I thought it would be years before I would have the opportunity to return to Europe. Luckily, for me it turns out that this was not the case and with a lot of hard work and some planning I could make it happen. And the next thing I know I am on a plane headed to London for internship interviews (which were very successful!). Needless to say I was beyond thrilled to be back in one of my favorite places.
Since I had recently visited London it was nice to not focus on just seeing the main tourist attractions and focusing a little more on the local scene. I strolled the streets of Southbank, Islington, and Covent Gardens and spent quite a bit of time getting lost, which I was okay with because that revealed some really cool places. Of course, I still made visits to the Tower of London, Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge, National Gallery, and a few other tourist hot spots. The food I devoured was wonderful and consisted of large amounts of Indian and sweets. If you are ever in London, Ping Pong, Masala Zone, and Sketch are a few of my favorite food spots I recommend trying. I saw the Book of Morman and laughed until I had tears in my eyes. It was also cool to see how the British dress for such activities. I have a tendency to use Broadway shows as an excuse to get all glammed up.
Whether it be classic or eclectic punk, I have always been a fan of British fashion. Much of my time in London was spent people watching (or style watching you could say) and exploring the shops on Oxford Street and in Soho. I visited the shops of my favorite brands, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, along with a few others and wanted to buy every thing in the store.
Although visiting the McQueen store was great, the opportunity to see Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert in London is one I will forever cherish. McQueens mind was so complex and inspiring and I appreciate the opportunity to experience a showcase of his extravagant work. Pieces from my all-time favorite Alexander McQueen collection, VOSS (Spring/Summer 2001) were on display. The inspiration behind the collection is dark and eerie which is shown beautifully throughout the designs.
The history and architecture of the city mixed with modern day life make up what I love about London. The Royal history is reflected throughout the city constantly reminding you of Londons past and present time. This trip to London is one for the books and I look forward to the day I get to return to London, but for now it's time to say our farewells.
See you again, London!
[All photos are taken on my iPhone]