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London: My New Love and Mamma Mia!

December 27, 2017

2 months ago I was deciding if I wanted to go to London or to Venice. I couldn’t decide, so I went to both! 😉 You can read about my adventures in Venice here, but this post will take you through my stay in London. Now, this isn’t my first time around in the UK capital – in fact, I’ve been there no less than 9 (!) times in just 7 years. Needless to say, it’s a city I really love. I think that if I hadn’t met Jacob 8 years ago, I probably would have moved to London. Anyhow, we flew in Friday morning but due to some delays, we were a bit late. We headed straight to the hotel. This time, we wanted to be near the city center and stayed at the Sanderson hotel close to Oxford Station/Tottenham Court Road, which was the perfect location for us this time around.

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…but first drinks at the Sanderson Hotel’s bar.

After freshening up, I had one goal and one goal only: to make my way to the Stella McCartney flagship store in Mayfair. But not before having a whiskey sour (above)!

We got there and I immediately asked for the bag I’ve been wanting for much too long now. It wasn’t on display and my heart was racing while the store manager went out to see if they had it in the back. Luckily for me, they did! I took my DSLR camera out and put it in the bag to see if it fit – that was one of the requirements I had for a new bag – and it did! “I’ll take it!!”, I immediately said and the store manager offered us some champagne while we looked around.

The thing is, I don’t wear leather (and haven’t worn it for 10 years now), so shopping at Stella McCartney is like (an expensive part of) heaven. She doesn’t use real leather or fur in her designs, so I could drool over the gorgeous “leather” jackets. While trying on said “leather” jackets, the store manager showed me a scarf which I immediately fell in love with. So an hour after walking in, I walked out of the store much happier, with a champagne buzz, a much emptier wallet and my new bag and scarf in hand.

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We took a taxi down to the Savoy Hotel to go to the American Bar, which was recently appointed the world’s best bar. The drinks were, of course, great, the waiters very friendly, and the piano man mesmerized us all with his tunes.

 

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…a cocktail at the world’s best bar!

We then decided to walk up to a restaurant but on our way, we passed the Novello theatre where Mamma Mia!, the musical, plays and we decided to get tickets for the next evening. Tickets in hand, we walked up to Covent Garden and the lovely restaurant Margot where we had some delicious pasta and red wine. After dinner, we really wanted to be fun and went to a pub for drinks but were too tired and gave in early. A sure sign we’re now over 30.

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I inspected my new precious gift for my self. Here I’m thinking “I shall name her Queen Stella”, which I did. In our house, the bag is never referred to as “the bag”, rather we say “Can you give me Queen Stella?” 😀 (I wish this was a joke but it’s not)

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…wearing my new scarf 🙂

On Saturday, we went shopping and headed for a pub whenever we needed to get warm…

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Jacob looooves the pub culture in London and I think he could sit there all day and just have beer and watch football (soccer) if I let him 🙂

 

 

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Beautiful London <3

After shopping we headed down to Soho and Kingly Court for dinner. I really like the atmosphere in there!

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Kingly Court in Soho

In the evening we headed down to the Novello theatre again for the show. It was my very first time seeing a musical and it was MAGICAL! Truth be told, I was so happy that I started crying as soon as the orchestra started playing – before the curtains even had gone up. Mesmerized, we watched the show, and I tried, but miserably failed, not to cry the whole time.

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Ready to see Mamma Mia!

After the show, we stopped by a nearby pub (and saw some of the crew there), before making our way up to Soho and another bar. Back at the hotel, we went for a drink in Sanderson’s long bar and the guests-only Purple Bar, where I managed to spill our entire drinks on the floor… Sigh! A bit drunk and very hungry, we headed upstairs and ordered room service before quickly falling asleep.

We woke a bit hungover the next day and not even a long, hot shower could help but we headed out to town anyways. We enjoyed dinner at Indian restaurant Dishoom in Soho and it was deeeeelicious! I love Indian and can’t wait to go back.

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Yummy dish with paneer.

 

In the evening, we visited our favorite bar, the Nightjar in Shoreditch, and enjoyed our crazy drinks while listening to the band playing jazz and blues.

On Monday, we mostly hung out in Soho before heading back to Heathrow to grab a plane back to Copenhagen, where we arrived a bit past eight in the evening.

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All in all, I had a wonderful trip and made some great memories on my 9th London trip. I dream about living there someday, just for a year or so, but we’ll see about that!

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