Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Reappearance (and London)

It's been over two weeks since my last post. I had a good reason though — my boyfriend returned to the British Isles for the first time in two and a half months. He is gone again now, this time for four months, which means I have to find things to fill my life with again. I had such good time with him, both here in Aberdeen and down in Oxfordshire at his parents' house. Apart from day trips to Oxford and Burford, we stayed in the village and just enjoyed each others company, and met up with some of his friends.

Burford! With a £0.99(!) eBay bargain dress, and my trusted yellow H&M bag. I also decided to bite the bullet and went full-on blonde!

After (tearful) goodbyes on Saturday, I headed to London to distract myself by seeing some friends and wandering around in the weekend buzz. I spent a lot of time sitting in parks, eating delicious things and talking with one of my best friends. I took a camera with me, but didn't end up taking a single photo. Usually when I am in London, I try to be as productive as I possibly can — see as much as you can, as quickly as you can. And of course, take photos. This time however, I found that I just wanted to relax in the sun and be calm. So I don't have any photos to share. But I wanted to share my favourite things about my weekend in London (in no particular order, and excluding my friends).

1. Tibits

12-14 Heddon Street
off Regent Street
London W1B 4DA

Tibits is essentially a vegetarian buffet, where you pay by weight. I had a full plate for just under £9 and some dessert for just over £3, which I thought was a fantastic price for what I got. I love buffets, as I always have hard time deciding what to choose from a menu — I want to try everything! If you recognise yourself, you'll love Tibits! I cannot recommend it enough and it is safe to say that I will be back next time I'm in London — yum!

2. Cookies and Scream

Camden Lock Market,
Camden High St
London NW1 8NH

My friend had been raving about this place for months, so of course that's where we decided to meet first thing on Saturday morning! Cookies and Scream is completely dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free, as well as vegan, not to mention completely delicious. I had a brownie, warmed and topped with their homemade ice cream, and my friend had a cookie dough ball milkshake. Having devoured my order, and sampled hers, I can guarantee that they know their stuff. My friend swears that the milkshake was best she had ever had, and also heartily recommends their peanut butter and jelly cookies. As with Tibits, I will most definitely be back.

3. Wedding Dresses and Italian Fashion at V&A Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

 The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014, 5 April - 27 July 2014 

Wedding dresses, Italian fashion... need I say more? This is one place where my boyfriend would have refused to accompany me I think, so it was lovely to go with friends and have such a traditionally "girly" excursion. ;)

4. Marylebone Farmers' Market

I love Farmers' Markets. We don't really have one here in Aberdeen, so being able to go and browse in London was a lovely opportunity. I bought a delicious quiche for lunch, and a punnet of strawberries, which I devoured as I sat down to a park to enjoy sunshine a few minutes later.

I told you my weekend consisted mostly of food didn't I? ;) I did not really do any shopping, besides stocking up on tea (The Tea House on Neal St in Covent Garden always gets a visit) and getting an eyeliner from Kiko. Braving Oxford Street or any shopping hub on a sweltering weekend just did not appeal to me this time. But wow do I miss those sweltering streets when looking out of my window to the grey and cloudy Aberdonian skies, with not a stripe of blue to be seen...!

Until next time,

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