After two weeks of the same thing, Ana and decided it would be nice to celebrate her last full day with a real breakfast. I had seen Bluebird Cafe from my time watching Made in Chelsea so I wanted to check it out. The place is really good, even with a limited breakfast menu. I had a bowl of granola with crumpets and Ana had a full English. The place lived up to that Made in Chelsea look and the food was good. Very American though, well except for the Crumpets. Lol
I fully aware what time it is. Yes it is morning, but once again the lore of pretty baked goods tempts me into a shop. We walked past this place on our way to Blue Bird Cafe and I told Ana that we would have to investigate when we came back.
Well, we came back. And we bought something. Hey I figure we could eat it for lunch or snack. We've had a good long week. We deserve it.
After breakfast Ana and I were feeling a little silly. We saw these statues on our way back to the Sloane Square Tube Station. What can I say? I can be silly sometimes. Who cares if I look like a tourist?!
So the James Bond fan girl in me came out today because I made Ana travel with me to Vauxhall station to see the SIS Headquarters that was blown up in the Last James Bond movie. It's a really pretty Art Deco style building. So cool!
Words cannot describe how special King's Cross is to me. This is where I became a Londoner. It was not the most glamorous, it was not the prettiest, but it was our home. A huge part King's Cross is the station. When I was in London (both times), the entire station was under construction. This is the first time I've come here and seen it in all its glory. It is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. All I could do was bask in it's beauty.
It took us 30 minutes and I was probably the oldest person who actually took a picture there. However I have officially tried to get to Platform 9 3/4! When I knew I was coming back this was a must on my list of places to visit. First because I love the movies and books and second because it was in my London hood! It is my duty to do it!
I'm glad I did it too. The wait? So, so worth it. And yes I did choose Slytherin's scarf. I sorted myself into it. Mwah... ah... ah.
St. Pancras is the more gorgeous younger sister to King's Cross. This station is so classic and unique it is really hard not to fall in love it. It's an extremely beautiful classic building at the center of modge podge buildings of North Central London.
On our walk to Bluebird, we walked in front of this cafe and saw the beautiful desserts in the window. I could not resist the beautiful things so after Bluebird Ana and I bought a raspberry tart and honey cake. We did not eat them right away though because we wanted them for "our lunch." My plan is to get the one offs out of the way and take the Tube to get the max out of the day. And this is really the last day with everyone will be together.
Gray scarf man or Jay, is patiently waiting for his wife. She told him she was going to go to the bathroom an hour ago. He isn't sure what bathroom nor which wife. So, he is patiently waiting with the hopes that he will recognize her once he sees her.
I am already in love with this station and then you put a giant bird cage outside with a swing?! No contest, BEST STATION EVER.
This is it. THIS. IS. WHERE. THE. MAGIC. HAPPENED. It is so weird to come back here after 11 years. It looks the same. Exactly as it did when I left. The neighborhood might have changed, but Dinwiddy is intact. I know that change happens, but to find things in as you left it is so rare. I know this won't always be the case so I want to be able to come back and see it everytime I come back until it changes. I heart you Dinwiddy!
Holy cow. Part of me was really scared that this place would not be here. Thank God Addis is still around. This is the place that got me hooked on Ethiopian Food. It was also the only place that our entire flat LOVED. How cool that it is still here. I wish I had time to eat here, but there is not time. Next time, though.
While visiting my old stomping grounds in King's Cross, Ana and I stumbled on this little coffee shop on Caledonian Road. This shop definitely wasn't here when I lived here. It looked legit with its minimalistic decor and bearded baristas. I ordered a black pour over coffee, which was one of the few places I could actually get it. It was really good and really well done. I liked it. It made me wish this place where here when I was at SOAS.
Tonight is the farewell dinner. Wow, two weeks went by quickly. I was so nervous before the trip about what I need to do. Now it's over. I've had such an amazing time. Yes, it was not always smooth and I did have to be the bad cop, but overall I was truly happy and grateful for such an amazing group of students.
I didn't want the students to miss London at night. Nothing is more beautiful or breathtaking. I am so glad we had time tonight to do it. She's older, but she gets better with age. I love you London.