This weekend I had the privilege of being able to take a four day trip to London with my friend. It was an amazing trip and we did so many things in those four days, I don't know if I can even remember them all! We took a plane from Copenhagen at 7 am and arrived in London at 10 am. We spent most of Friday walking around SOHO, going into a bunch of vintage clothing stores and record shops. The atmosphere there was completely different from the rest of the city and I really liked it. It was truly hipster heaven! Here are a few of the places we visited that I would difinitely reccommend you chech out if you ever visit:
- Beyond Retro - vintage clothing store with really good quality items at fairly okay prices. It is not thrift store-cheap, but then again, nothing in London is.
- Cass Art - an amazing art store with all the popular art supplies. They had everything from Windsor&Newton, Prismacolor, Faber Castell and Tombow to Japanese water color pens.
- Sister Ray - Vinyl record shop. A small store with a wide variety of rare and hard-to-find records.
On the second day we took a day trip to Camden Town. I had never been there before, but it was absolutely amazing! There were so many people, and it was actually really warm, but the market and the atmosphere was really unique. Every storefront had its own unique decor and style, and all of them were wacky and weird. We had breakfast at a cozy little café/coffee shop and were so full that we didn't even have room for lunch. It was delicious though and we ordered an extra cup of coffee to go. So there I was, walking around all the stalls with a cup of coffee and a slice of banana bread. There was almost anything you can imagine - vintage cameras and watches, hats and gloves, frozen yogurt and cronuts in all shapes and sizes. I bought a beautiful blue kimono in a vintage clothing store and almost got myself yet ANOTHER polaroid camera, but didn't because it was massively overpriced.
Saturday afternoon we went to see the famous musical, Wicked, at the Victoria Apollo Theatre. It was the most amazing show I have ever seen, and the acting/singing was unlike anything I could have ever imagined. If I had the money for it, I would go and see that show every single night. Before the show started, we had a little photo session in front of some beautiful town houses.
A rare photo of me not looking completely like a potato. My outfit is actually almost entirely homemade or thrifted. I made the purse and earring myself, and the kimono I bought that same day in the Camden vintage store. The jeans and t-shirt were also thrifted. The only thing I bought new was the jewellery and my sandals, which I got at a french supermarket. I know - totally high-end.
Sunday was the day where we went to Reading Festival in Reading. This was basically the reason why we planned the trip in the first place - to see MUSE. We got there around 1 am and pretty much wandered around the grounds for 8 hours until the concert. We ate some burgers and drank a little beer but mainly stayed in the shade cause it was SO hot. If it hadn't been for a single tree casting shade over about 100 people (including ourselves) we probably would have died of dehydration. The MUSE concert was awesome and definitely worth the wait, although it was a bit short in my opinion.
The trip home was, unfornutately, not as smooth as we had hoped. We missed our train back to Paddington with 1 minute, and then had to wait an hour until the next train at 1.42 am. It was late and we were cold and weren't back at our hotel until 3 am.
Monday was the worst. We woke up to a fire alarm blaring at 10:30 am and rushed out into the lobby, still covered in dirt and grime from the day before. Of course it was a false alarm, but we had forgotten to set an alarm clock, so we had to be ready to check out at 11!. We barely managed to pack our suitcases before we had to be out, and we definitely didn't have time for a shower. Wonderful. So from there we had a quick breakfast (still covered in festival-dust) and walked to Oxford Street where we took a "quick" peek into Primark - if that is even possible. Then we bought a canned soda to share and sat in Hyde park for about 2 hours with our Primark bags and a slight hangover. From there we walked to Victoria and bought a burger at Shake Shack, only to sit in another park for two hours. Our flight was at 8 pm, and we had no clue what to do, so we took the underground to London Bridge. As soon as we got there we realised that we didn't have as much time as we thought and hurried back to Paddington to get our luggage and race to the airport. Long story short: we met a lot of cranky information-people, we missed our train by 2 seconds, I almost forgot my phone on the train and we didn't land until 12 pm at night.
Even though Monday wasn't the best, I had an amazing trip and I've posted this vlog on my Youtube Channel. Feel free to check that out. Thank you for reading :)