Hidden London

The title sounds a little more cryptic than this post actually is. After a couple of months of revision and exams its nice to have some relaxation time. So my dad and I went down to London to have a nice wander around in the sunshine. Being a nice day in June in the capital the major tourist spots were obviously very crowded so we decided to explore some less visited but equally as nice areas – hence the ‘Hidden’.

Firstly we went down to St John’s Wood. I don’t know if you’ve ever been down Abbey Road, and if you’ve taken a photo of yourself on the famous zebra crossing, but its hilarious to go and watch the people doing exactly that. When we got there, there were some Italians – who I swear just kept saying Lamborghini in the middle of sentences just to sound more Italian – who were, lets say…enthusiastic, taking pictures? I’d say I spent at least 10 minutes standing there just watching and laughing at them…not in a mean way (well maybe a little) as they tried to get a picture without being run over by the busy and impatient London traffic.

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He even took his shoes off…some might say dedication, I’d say insanity?

 

If you don’t know the significance of this particular crossing maybe this picture rings a few bells?

Abbey Road

 

Outside Abbey Road Studios, many visitors like to make their mark so graffiti on the white wall which has to be repainted every few weeks because there are so many notes and messages on it. Now, I’m not usually a fan of graffiti or street art unless it has a purpose or meaning but I actually quite liked some of these ones.

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From here we went on to have some late breakfast in Little Venice nearby Warwick Avenue (which I did sing as we got off the Tube). Its got lots of pretty canals and lovely walks and we found a little floating cafe to stop in.

One of the nicest bacon sandwiches I've ever eaten, honestly.

One of the nicest bacon sandwiches I’ve ever eaten, honestly.

The Floating Boater in Little Venice

The Floating Boater in Little Venice

After eating our bacon sandwiches, which we were accidentally under-charged for making them even nicer, we headed to Pall Mall (the pink one on the Monopoly board) and picked up 2 hire bikes. We went to Hyde Park and cycled around there for about an hour or so. Also, word to the wise, don’t wear a floaty dress on a bike on a windy day.

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Whilst in Kensington Gardens we stumbled upon the Serpentine Pavilion. Now, I’d never heard of this but apparently its an annual thing where architects design a massive pavilion where you can go and enjoy a coffee. This year it was designed by someone called Sou Fujimoto, a Japanese designer who you can read about in a bit more detail on their website if you’re interested:
http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2013/02/sou_fujimoto_to_design_serpentine_gallery_pavilion_2013.html

 

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It had started to get a bit cold by this point so we decided to head for some dinner at good old Pizza Hut. Pretty good day I must say!

I didn’t mention this earlier but my favourite picture of the day was taken just before we got our bikes from Pall Mall and was of a little side street which I must say looked very picturesque.

So maybe next time you’re in London, try wandering off the beaten track a bit because you’re very likely to find some hidden gems that most people don’t get to see!

Katie

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