As I am sure a lot of you are aware that I was just living in London for the past six weeks. I was so fortunate to have a work placement at the Victoria & Albert Museum of five weeks, and I got to come to London a week early to spend time with my mom and her best friend (my godmother) Chele!
While I was at the V&A I was working with a curator on a project called “Interwoven.” The project is to research a selection of textiles from the V&A’s collection between the 11th to the 15th century. I was extremely busy while working at the V&A, and I spent the majority of my evenings doing school work… BUT I still managed to explore London!
Here are a few of my London highlights, and my must do’s:
The Victoria & Albert Museum. Of course, this is number one for me. The art collection is so incredible. While I was there two of the extraordinary temporary exhibits they had on were: Fashioned from Nature, and Ocean Liner: Speed and Style. Fashioned from Nature is all about how nature was used to create fashion, and then looks at eco-friendly alternatives to fashion, for example, Emma Watson’s gown from the MET Gala is on display that is made out of recycled glass bottles. Ocean Liner: Speed and Style was all about the luxury of Ocean liners in the early 20th century, and it was absolutely spectacular.
Exploring Chelsea. While I was in London, I stayed at an Air BnB in Chelsea, just a twenty-five minute walk from the V&A, South Kensington. Each morning I had a lovely walk through Chelsea (which is such a beautiful, posh, well-kept area of London) would grab a yoghurt & coffee at Pret a Manger, and make my way to the V&A. I spent a fair bit of time in different cafes doing school work, restaurants or exploring different bookstores.
MUSICALS. When my Mom & Chele were in London, we went to see two musicals. THEY SURPRISED ME WITH HAMILTON, which was the most incredible show/surprise ever. We also went to see Kinky Boots, and my friend Tess and I went to see Strictly Ballroom one night as well. Musicals have always been one of my favourite things, but seeing shows in London in Picadilly Circus was even more exciting.
Shopping. The shopping in London is so fantastic, there is literally every store you could imagine. There are so many large department stores to go in too, like Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, or Liberty! Liberty (pictured below) is the oldest department store in London, it was founded in 1875 and is still in its original building.
Castles & Palaces: There are so many castles and palaces all around London, having focused on British history throughout my degree SO visitings castles is one of my favourite things. I just love being able to see and touch history, instead of just reading about it. A few of my favourite palaces in London are Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, and the Tower of London.
Museum of Natural History. Despite being an Art History student, I still love Natural History, especially marine biology and geology (that comes from spending four Summers at the New Brunswick Museum). I was super excited to see the skeleton of the blue whale that is hanging in the main foyer of the museum. I was really impressed with the whole museum, and the half-hour long line on a Saturday was definitely worth it.
National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery has an exceptional collection of British artwork from the Tudor period up to portraits of the Royal Family and Ed Sheeran. The gallery is open late on Thursdays (when I went) and they have a bar and DJ set up which makes for a really entertaining atmosphere.
Full English Breakfast. Breakfast has always been my favourite meal, but a Full English breakfast is even better (it’s almost as good as the Full Scottish breakfast 😏).
High Tea. My final favourite thing I did was High tea at the Ritz, You can do High Tea in so many different places, and I think it is 100% a must for a trip to London.
Well, my six weeks in London absolutely flew by, and I can’t believe I am already back in Glasgow! I am sure I will be back to London in the future. I think you could live in London your whole life and still not see it all, but I will have to make an attempt to see even more!