Postcards from London

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Earlier this week, I took a trip to my old home city with my Mum and my sister, Katie. It was originally meant to be a ‘wedding dress shopping trip’. Those words filled me with horror (I’m not a huge clothes shopping fan), so I sneakily bought my dress online, freeing up our trip to London for more interesting things.

We had an amazing time – here are a few snippets from our visit.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProbably the nicest of the London stations – St Pancras, which is where I met Mum off the train. She couldn’t be trusted to navigate the tube by herself…

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The wonderful buildings of Bloomsbury, just around the corner from our hotel.

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A delicious brunch at The Riding House Cafe – an old favourite of mine. Plus, I got my all time fave dish – avocado eggs benedict. With extra bacon. Because, holidays.

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Fancy cocktails at Through the Looking Glass. Alex wrote a detailed blog post about this place a while back. Mum flirted with the waiter and got free drinks, so she was pleased.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetDeep-fried oysters at The Merchants Tavern. Another London favourite.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe deep fried oysters were followed by an array of delicious food. Barbary duck for me, turbot for Katie and chicken for Mum.

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Equally delicious desserts. The black pepper ice cream was a talking point. I loved it, but some didn’t. The parfait went down a storm.

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A pre-shopping breakfast at Gail’s Bakery. (Yes, we did go shopping. I bought my wedding shoes and made a fool of myself in the Quite Posh Shop.)

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Post-shopping afternoon tea (and a much-needed sit down) at the Duke’s Hotel. Delicious and decadent, although less so when I found myself covered in miniature lemon meringue pie. Also, hot doughnuts should be a staple in every afternoon tea offering.

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A wholesome breakfast at Nude Espresso. Katie was less wholesome and had a sausage sandwich, which I didn’t photograph in order to preserve her dignity.

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A trip to Hogwarts. I’ve written about this place extensively before, and it was no less magical the second time around. As you can see from the following photos, a grand old time was had by all. Plus, we were first through the door on a Tuesday, so it was wonderfully quiet.

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