A Day of Exploring in London

11 August

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Dress - SheIn | Shoes - Ted Baker

Early last Friday morning, I headed to Lime Street station to get the train down to London and treat myself to some fun time after a few tough weeks.

I opted for this v. on trend gingham smock dress, which was kindly sent to me by SheIn. I thought the relaxed fit would be comfy for a day of exploring, hopping on and off the tube and eating all of the food, and the flared sleeves add some more interest to the simple shape. Add my trusty Ted Baker flats and I was ready to go!

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First things first, I headed to Clerkenwell Grind on Old Street for breakfast in the form of a beetroot latte and some avocado and poached eggs on toast. Yes, I did know that the latte would be pink. Soz for being a blogger cliche.

After breakfast I decided to head down the road to Shoreditch to check into the hotel and get rid of my overnight bag. I chose the Point A Hotel on Folgate Street for location and price, and it was lovely apart from being absolutely freezing at night with no quilt on the bed to hide from the cold. But hey, for less than £90 I couldn't complain.

Free of my massive overnight bag, I wandered through the market to Brick Lane for a rummage through the vintage stores and a cheeky bagel pit stop.
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I think Brick Lane might be my favourite road in London. As much as I walking around the fancier parts of London pretending I'm in Made in Chelsea, I feel most at home strolling through the streets of Shoreditch. There's just something about them that gives me that retro sixties vibe.

Next, I headed to the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street to gasp at the beautiful sight of London from above. I came here last October, but was still taken aback at the insane views and how cool it is. Literally an urban jungle. The great thing about the Sky Garden is that it's free and you can book ahead so there's minimal queuing. There are a few bars, but you're under no obligation to buy a drink (especially considering a rum and orange juice set me back over £10)!
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After the excitement of seeing some French bulldogs on the tube, I ventured into Soho for some tapas at Jamon Jamon, before browsing the magazines at Wardour News and sipping a glass of rosé Cava at the Lights of Soho pop up.
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Another quick underground journey took me to Camden, because apparently I can't go to London without a quick venture to this quirky little town, and then a trek up Primrose Hill to watch the sunset. Cliche, but very pretty.
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I love London for days like these - I wasn't rushing myself but simply wandering through the city at my own pace. The only thing I booked ahead was the Sky Garden and the rest was down to me.

What does your ideal day in London look like?

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