Travel Diary: When in London

Lyndi St James 2After three weeks in Europe, I’m home and finally over the jet lag. It’s always tough coming back to reality after a big trip, especially one like fashion week that took months of preparation. Now that I’ve recovered from the whirlwind adventure, I’m feeling inspired and excited to share all the photos and stories on Style Calling. The trip was incredible, and filled with so many amazing moments.

While going through all the photos, I couldn’t decide where to start. Runway shows reviews? Travel Tips? A Paris Guide? I visited familiar favourites, while finding so many new things to see and do. Not to mention, saw a ridiculous amount of fashion shows.

I’ve decided to start at the beginning. In London. One of my favourite cities to visit. A place I have many, many recommendations for.
V&A 2London Travel 1I arrived in the darling neighbourhood of Parson’s Green to my best friend Kristy’s. After a great night of catching up over cocktails and a cheese board, we set off to South Kensington the next morning. This is a posh part of town that’s home to one of my favourites galleries, The V&A. The architecture of this building alone is worth the visit (which is free!) It’s a fairly large museum, so there is always lots to see, including the latest exhibit, Dior. (You’ll have to buy tickets in advance for this part of the gallery)
V&ALesson from Lyndi: London is notorious for requiring bookings and reservations. If there is something you really want to do: an exhibit, restaurant, spot for afternoon tea. Research ahead to avoid disappointment.

BuscuiteersScarlett Green 3Scarlett Green JuiceAfter the museum, we wandered into Soho for a late brunch at Scarlett Green – a trendy spot that draws inspiration from Melbourne’s cafe culture. A green juice and avocado toast on charcoal bread was the perfect fix after a late night reunion over G&T’s. I always enjoy walking around this part of the city, popping into stores like Oliver Bona’s, Liberty and Elan Cafe for a cute coffee.

Liberty London is a must see if you’re in the area.  Located on Regent street, the beautiful tudor style building has been home to this department store since 1875. I always like to stop by their vintage section to see the collection of treasures. The main floor has a a lovely paper shop, which is a great place to pick up cards or other pretty souvenirs.The Ivy with Kristy St PaulsLibertyKirsty, Lyndi AlexaOur afternoon was spent on South Bank, another great part of London to explore. We set up shop at The Green Room restaurant’s lounge area. My cousin Alexa joined us, along with some of Kristy’s South African friends. Pub and restaurant culture is such a big part of London, especially on the weekend.

In the evening, Kristy and I dashed off to the first show of London Fashion Week, Khyeli at Cavendish Square. We were handed a crisp glass of champagne before walking into the most magnificent presentation. Models entered one by one, moving to the music to show off the incredible gowns. It was a feast for the eyes of tulle, feathers and billowing silhouettes. The craftsmanship in each piece was undeniable. Feminine, soft and utterly exquisite to watch.KhieylWhile we made our way home, some tourists stopped us to ask for direction. I quickly gave them the answer, and smiled when I knew I could tell them exactly where they needed to go. It’s always wonderful to return to a place that feels familiar, and after this trip, London really does to me.

What are your favourite places to visit in London? Let me know in the comments below

 

 

 

 

 

  • I am dying to visit London!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • It’s such a wonderful city to visit! You would love it.
      Hope you’re having a great start to Spring!

  • That first photo of you is extra pretty!! And I’m SO excited to see all your photos & read about your European adventures!! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start – how good is this weather?!! xo

    http://www.veronikanovotny.com (life + style blog)

    • Thank you Veronika! It was such a great trip. Can’t wait to share all the Paris content!!
      Ah I know, the last week made me so excited for Summer time. Let’s hope the Sun come back soon!
      L xo

  • Vorrei tanto visitare Londra

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Uh this makes me miss London so much! Looks like you had a great time 🙂
    xx, Carmen – https://carmitive.com

  • SundayDahlias

    I’ve never been to London, but am dying to visit it someday!

    http://www.sundaydahlias.com

  • Looks like you had a great trip! Have a nice week.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • I’m glad you had a great time, girlie! I’ve never been anywhere in Europe, so of course one on my list is London. I know there’s so much to do and see. Thanks for the tip on reservations, makes sense for such a large city. I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa

    THE STYLE CONTOUR

  • You really can’t run out of gorgeous photos things to see and take photos with in this beautiful city. Your photos are stunning dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com