Shopping Adventures in London


Between castles and cafes and museums and parks we managed to wedge in a good amount of shopping.

We walked Portobello Market.


The only thing we bought at the market was a potato skewer thingy. While they were making it we started to regret the purchase because it looked like way too much greasy potato but, as is often true, greasy potato is amazing!


Yes, we went to platform 9 3/4. There’s a pretty impressive Harry Potter store as well as the baggage cart half in the wall for taking pictures with. The dauntingly long and winding line of children kept us from actually getting a picture with the baggage cart, but we did see it!


The Platform 9 3/4 shop has everything and looks adorable!


We got to see and overhear Harry Potter fans from around the world geeking out in this place. Despite the pictures, it was packed. I had to wait and be quick about the picture taking to get ones without a bunch of people in the way.


The Moomin Shop! We had to take a peek at this one since Moomin is Swedish. It was a really adorable store.


We saw a couple of these kitschy cute Cath Kidston stores around. Unfortunately, they smell so strongly of perfume that we couldn’t stand to be in them for very long.


kikki.K kind of blew our minds. We went in because a friend of mine in Australia has raved about it. But when we took a look around, we started to get surprised how Swedish things felt. And then we noticed one of the planners had text in Swedish on it!


But we’ve never seen a kikki.K in Sweden and were quite certain we’d remember if we had. Also, it would probably be really popular in Sweden. So, we asked one of the staff what was up with this place and he told us that the woman who started the boutique in Australia was from Sweden! Mystery solved! Seriously though, kikki.K should probably be in Sweden too…


3ina! We went in because we saw a wall of color that turned out to be nail polishes!


I ended up asking about a makeup problem I was having, they were delightful and now I’m sold on a brand that doesn’t even exist in Sweden.




One of the few shops we were actually looking for was Forbidden Planet.


Tons of fan-swag on the first floor but downstairs was where we found the walls of books and comics.


They even had a steampunk section with some of my favorites! Linn spent some serious time in here. We had to come back after a coffee break.


I’m going to include the Royal Opera House in our shopping adventure because I was really excited about their gift shop. We didn’t have tickets to see anything (because Frankenstein was totally booked) but we still swung by for the gift shop.

Honestly, we saw a lot of great gift shops. Not just the museums but even the British Library had a great gift shop. Though I supposed the British Library is a bit of a museum itself..

All pictures of me were snapped by the amazing Linn.

Upcoming posts (yes, we are finally getting down to the last of the London posts): Cafes in London, The POD, and Traveling to London.

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A walk through the Victoria & Albert Museum


Museum time!


This places was huge and had a little of everything. Most of the museum is free, though it’s nice to leave a donation.


We went on Friday because it was open from 10 in the morning until almost 10 in the evening. We headed over in the late afternoon, around 6 when the shops we were at started closing.


As it turns out the museum had a few entrances. We took the subway over and ended up following signs that led to an underground entrance. I was really impressed how easy being a tourist in London was.


Not all of the exhibits were open but we still had quite a lot to look at and because we were there late, it was nearly empty.


Sculpture details! Ugh. I love details on sculptures. I might get a bust of Phong made someday…


The jewelry exhibit was one of the ones closed but we still found shiny things to look at.


Tiny old crowns!



English style dress from 1785!


Dress details. Clothing and jewelry were enclosed in glass but there was also a lot of larger displays of furniture.



I have so many pictures. SO MANY. And I didn’t take pictures of even a quarter of the things we saw.


They had collections of clothing and accessories from all over the world.




There were both old and modern fashion in the exhibits.


Tea sets! It’s probably good that they put them in glass cases. I might have been tempted to touch otherwise.


Upcoming posts: Shopping Adventures in London, Cafes in London, The POD, and London Travel Tips!


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Food Adventures in London


Yo! Sushi. This is a chain of conveyor-belt sushi shops. We saw a bunch of them while walking around and finally stopped at one to scratch Linn’s sushi itch. I, unfortunately, do not like sushi. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty and tidy and I’d love to love it- but I don’t.


Our hotel was in Earl’s Court and there was a bunch of restaurants (plus Earl’s Court Station) just around the corner. On our first night we were so hungry that we checked in, dropped off our stuff, and then picked the nearest open place we could find that looked good.


Zizzi was a great pizza and pasta place in Earl’s Court. They had a huge pizza oven you could see and a bunch of different choices. I went adventurous and took a white pesto sauce pizza with pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, spinach and sweet potato. I also tried a lemonade. It was tart. Very tart but very good.


Mooboo! We tried bubble tea for the first time. Tapioca bubbles in fruity tea. The staff was super helpful and explained our choices and the difference between the kinds of bubbles.


Linn liked it. I did not. Despite not liking it, I drank it all because, well, it had a straw and was cold and London has almost no trashcans.


On our second night we were in Soho looking for a place called PingPong but ended up finding Masala Zone instead. There were a few vegetarian choices. I really wanted to get the paneer but it had a three chili rating that I was told by the waiter was serious and could not be altered so I decided not to tempt fate and picked a one chili dish instead. I was right to be careful. The one chili rated dish was a good level of spicy and I did not need spicier, not even for cheese.


Linn got a mixed plate that looked really good. I was a bit jealous but mine was good too.


For dessert we had chai teas. I haven’t really been a fan of chai in the past but this was really great.


The next day we found PingPong in time for lunch! It was warm out and we were pretty excited to start off with iced teas.


The baby bok choy was AMAZING. Everything was really good and the menu is set up so that you can order small amounts of multiple things in order to try a lot of different dishes.


Mushroom stuffed bao and two different kinds of vegetarian dumplings! Of course they had lots of meat dishes too. I know Linn had as many dumplings/bao as I did but with meats. Clever, because then I couldn’t steal any of hers.


This was probably our favorite restaurant of the trip. The others were all really good, we didn’t have any bad experiences with our food adventures, but this was just extra amazing. There’s a pretty good chance we’d come back again next time we’re in London.


Last was Byron in Earl’s Court. We were wiped out and hungry after a full day running around London so we decided to go back to our hotel, drop off our stuff, and then try another place close by. This time we went for burgers.


I had a mushroom burger. The patty was a grilled portobello mushroom with goats cheese, roasted red pepper, spinach and aioli sauce. I also had mac&cheese and fries. Linn had a cheese burger and sweet potato fries.

All of our food experiences were really good. There was always vegetarian options (and not just one) and we never ran into anything we didn’t want to finish.

Pictures of me were, of course, taken by Linn.

Our cafe experiences will be in another blog post, coming up soon!

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Afternoon Tea at The Orangery


The Orangery is located just on the other side of the Kensington Gardens, so we booked a teatime there, planning to take a look at the palace first. It worked out great and afterward we took a walk around the gardens.


We had afternoon tea. I took Assam tea and vegetarian sandwiches. We each had our own pot of tea, which is good because when we share we run out quickly.


This is the Royal Palace tea set! So pretty but so pricy. It was available for purchase in the Kensington gift shop.


Scones, clotted cream, and jam. I was not overly impressed by clotted cream but Linn liked it.


Finger sandwiches! They were cuter than they were tasty. I think the cheese one was my favorite and the pickle one my least favorite. Of course that meant that I got two of the pickle sandwiches because that’s just kind of how the world works–even when having afternoon tea in London. But because it was afternoon tea in London, and a new experience, I ate both of my pickle sandwiches quite happily.


Desserts! So pretty. The cake was spongue with a raspberry filling and the macaron was, well, a macaron, but the chocolate-orange mousse was really nice.


Upcoming blog posts: Food Adventures in London and A walk through the Victoria & Albert Museum.




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A walk through Kensington Gardens


Beautiful Queen Victoria statue at the edge of the Kensington Gardens. The weather was amazing. It didn’t rain once under our visit.


Tulips! We were there early in the seasons so I imagine this looks even more amazing by mid summer.


Snapped this picture of the garden from inside Kensington Palace.


That’s the Palace there, on the other side of the labyrinth below.



We went for this walk around the gardens after our teatime at The Orangery. In the above right picture, you can see The Orangery a little.


Another Linn & Cheryl adventure selfie. We take a lot of these.

Upcoming blog posts: Afternoon Tea at The Orangery and Food Adventures in London.



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