A Weekend In London - Day 1

Recently Emily and myself spent the weekend in London, we stayed with my relatives in Essex so we could spend some time with them. We arrived in Essex on the Friday evening after the WORST traffic we’ve ever experienced, I promptly got my hair cut by my cousin who is an apprentice at Jake’s Barber Shop in Hornchurch (I highly recommend the shop if you’re in the area). That evening myself, Emily, my cousin Mitchell and his girlfriend Brooke went out for a couple of social drinks and a long overdue catch up.

The Breakfast Club - Shoreditch, London, England 30/07/2016

The Breakfast Club - Shoreditch, London, England 30/07/2016

The next morning myself and Emily got up early and headed into London. Starting in Shoreditch we swung by the Boxpark to check out a pop-up shop being held by YouTubers Ben Brown and Steve Booker, I planned on buying a couple of tees but they had sold out of everything in my size. I was hoping to meet Ben and Steve but they weren’t due to be at the shop till later in the day. From there we headed over to The Breakfast Club for some brunch. We’d heard from many people about The Breakfast Club but had never been before, we’d also heard about crazy long wait times but we only actually waited about 15 minutes before being seated. I chose the All American breakfast with a Salted Caramel Milkshake and Emily opted for the Bacon and Eggs with an Ice Tea. Both food and drink were outstanding and the staff were super friendly and helpful.

Big Ben - Westminster, London, England 30/07/2016

Big Ben - Westminster, London, England 30/07/2016

From bunch we made out way to Covent Garden to check out the Tens Sunglasses pop-up shop, where I treated myself to a pair of the Classics in Black after losing my Oakley’s in the Caribbean a couple of months ago. From Covent Garden we headed down to Trafalgar Square to meet our friend Rhys who is over from Australia, we promptly headed down to Big Ben to start our weekend as tourists. From Big Ben we headed into Soho to get something to eat and so Rhys could leave his luggage with a friend who works in a great little restaurant called Rustiko’s.

Brompton World Champs - The Mall, London, England 30/07/2016

Brompton World Champs - The Mall, London, England 30/07/2016

We tried to walk down The Mall to visit Buckingham Palace but we stumbled across the Brompton World Championships, which were hilarious to watch but also very exciting and intriguing at the same time! We skipped the palace due to not being able to walk the rest of the way down The Mall so made our way over to Southbank to check out The London Eye and the view over to Westminster and Charing Cross.

Westminster - Southbank, London, England 30/07/2016

Westminster - Southbank, London, England 30/07/2016

As we crossed the river we found a small food/drink/summer festival on Southbank under The London Eye. We made the executive decision to check out the festival and grab a well earned drink. Rhys and Emily shared an Old Mout cider and I tried a Moo Brew beer. We chose to sit on the top of the main bar with an incredible view of the eye and north over the Thames. As the sun set I had to get a picture of the eye and of Charing Cross station as the sky glowed a vibrant orange. In my pictures of The London Eye I had to include my beer and my new sunglasses because it wouldn’t be complete London summer picture without them.

Under The Eye - Southbank, London, England 30/07/2016

Under The Eye - Southbank, London, England 30/07/2016

From our impromptu drinks stop we made our way back over Westminster Bridge where I snapped an amazing long exposure of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, hand held may I add. We parted ways shortly after so me and Emily could head back to Essex for the night and so Rhys could head out for the night with his friend.

Big Ben Long Exposure - Westminster Bridge, London, England 30/07/2016

Big Ben Long Exposure - Westminster Bridge, London, England 30/07/2016

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