London Day 1 – South Kensington

After leaving Oxford I spent a week in London with my parents. We saw so many things in such a short amount of time! We stayed in South Kensington so we spent the first half day walking around there.

uniform buildings around the area
uniform buildings around the area

The weather was a mixture of rainy and sunny all day which was totally different than all the sunny days we got in Oxford. South Kensington is also full of these rows of apartments. 

Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum

Next to the Natural History Museum is the Victoria and Albert Museum. It houses a lot of statues and Asian and European relics. It kind of reminded me of a watered down version of the British Museum. The fashion exhibits were pretty neat though. There was also an exhibit of protest art which was interesting and different from what I had seen at other museums. 

Prince Albert Memorial
Prince Albert Memorial

Hyde Park is really close to the museums and the South Kensington area. We went to the Princess Diana Memorial near the Serpentine Lake but it was closed. The Prince Albert Memorial is located near the southern border of the park directly across from the Royal Albert Hall. 

My first fish and chips in the UK!
My first fish and chips in the UK!

I also finally had my first fish and chips since coming to the UK. I don’t think I’ve ever had deep fried fish that tasted as good as this before! 

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Last Days in Oxford

Quickly my five weeks have come to an end and it’s time to move on to more adventures. I used the past few days to see and do all the things I’ve been putting off for the past few weeks (sadly we never got to go punting).

First English style breakfast
First English style breakfast

Started off the morning with a flat white at Quarter Horse and learned that espresso drinks in England are comparable to the size of a double shot glass. We paid a final trip to the East Oxford Farmer’s market behind Tesco and headed down to the Magic Cafe on Magdalen Road. I had my first English style breakfast and was absolutely stuffed after. 

Magdalen College Chapel
Magdalen College Chapel

After saying goodbye to my friends, I attempted to gain free access to all the colleges I could after being inspired by our tour at Cambridge. I think the most impressive one was Magdalen with its beautiful chapel that housed not only these super cool statues but several monochrome/sepia stained glass windows, a statue of someone lying in a coffin, and a giant painting of the Last Supper hanging on the wall. 

Insider’s tip to Oxford is that it’s best to visit on a weekday if you come in the summer. A lot of the colleges close their grounds to visitors because of weddings on the weekend. Not even university staff are allowed in. 

Finally got to walk on the grass at Trinity College
Finally got to walk on the grass at Trinity College

After many weeks of staring from the outside in at this beautiful lawn of grass, I finally got to enjoy the one lawn that people are allowed to walk on in front of Trinity college. It was as glorious as an experience as I thought it would be. I had to really restrain myself from rolling around on the green carpet because I didn’t want to cause a scene…

The spires at sunset
The spires at sunset

This is the view down High Street in front of Magdalen College at sunset. I’ve really had a nice time in this beautiful city but it’s goodbye for now and on to more adventures!