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CURRENCY: Pound Sterling (1 pound is equal to 1.77 U.s. dollars)
NATIONAL ANTHEM: God Save the Queen
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
RELIGION: Christian- 71.6%
Transportation: I bought an Oyster Card. With the Oyster Card, you are able to go on the National Rail, the DLR, and the overground. It covers everywhere that I need to go, and is very efficient.
DAY 1 June 19th
Hey everyone! I've just arrived in London, and it is beautiful! The hotel that i'll be staying in is the Hempel Hotel, 31-35 Craven Hill many things I want to do and see,Garden Hempel Grden Sq London, W2 3EA, GB. It is stunning! I am in the Lioness Den Suite and So excited to be here! There are so but I only have five days! I better getstarted. Well, I am really hungry so I think i'll go get something to eat. I went to a little restaurant called Fifteen. Fifteen is a restaurant and bar on 13-15 Westland Pl London, N1 7LP. For lunch, i had a delicious three course meal. First, I had potato gnocchi with Bramely apples, Sorrento walnuts, celery and parmesan. It tasted so...I don't know how to describe it. When the waiter brought it to my table, my mouth began to water. For the second course, I had grilled Scotcchm 'bavette' steak with polenta, gorgonzola dolce-pine nut butter and horseradish. (I didn't eat the horseradish. EWW! ) For the third course, I had heritage potatoes with rosemary and garlic. It was wonderful! To top it all off I had Fifteens "legendary chocolate brownie" for desert. The total cost of this meal was 34.45 euros. It was very expensive, but definitely well worth it. After eating a delicious meal, I went to The London Eye. The London Eye is the 35 meter tall farris wheel. It cost $29.95 to go on it once. I thought, "what the hay" and hopped on. It was probably on of the best rides I've everbeen on in my entire life. You could see half of London form the very top! I think that I'd had my fair share of fun for the day, so I returned to my fabulous hotel to get some Zzzz's in!
DAY 2 June 20th
Well, it's day two in London and I have much to do! I'm still trying to getover how gorgeous this suite is! I took a walk in the Hempel's very own Zen Garden. It was so peaceful. I loved it. I'm not going to have breakfast right now because I plan to have brunch later, so right now I'm going to take a "Big Bus Tour". This tour goes all over London. I was on a huge open-topped bus. I rode on the top, and was able to feel the sweet, cool breeze on my neck. What's great about it is that you can jump off or get on at anytime! We passed almost all of London's major attractions. I am going to go to Buckingham Palace later today! :) It was a wonderful tour, and now I can say that I've seen all of London. Well, it's about 1:00 now so I think i'm going to go eat! For brunch I ate at The Providores and Tapa Room restaurant. I ordered off of the breakfast/brunch menu. It took me a while, but I finally decided to order the french toast stuffed with banana and pecans with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup. That breakfast definitely topped my Hungry Jack pancakes! To drink, I had a tamarillo and kiwifruit smoothie! It was very good! The total cost of my meal was 14 euros. With my stomach very content, I begin my journey to Buckingham Palace. When I arrived, I was starstruck! What a gorgeous place! The Buckingham palace has 775 rooms. 78 of them happen to be bathrooms! The tour begins with the grand enterence. The tour guide showed us much more of the palace, but of course we didn't even get to see half of the rooms! On the way back from the palace, I stopped at Al Barkat Chicken Express for dinner. Okay everyone, I just got back from my hotel, and I'm super tired so I think I'll go to bed and get some rest for tommorow! :)
DAY 3 June 21st
It's the morning of day three, and boy is it ever beautiful! It is 70 degrees and sunny! :) I slept in and it's already 10:00, so I better get going! I plan to spend my day today at South Kensington and Knightsbridge. Two gorgeous establishments. I can't wait! I just arrived at South Kensington. SK houses three museums. Out of the three, I chose to go to the Museum of Instruments. Admission was free, but I payed them five euros to go with a tour group. There were all different types of instruments, ranging from the 16th century to today. I have always loved music, so that was a very good experience for me! After I left the museum, I grabbed a sandwhich and some chips at Darwins Deli, (also inside SK). It was very good! I thought it would be a great idea to experience some shopping in London, so I walked all the way down Brompton Road to arrive at Knightsbridge. I went to Harrods inside of Knightsbridge, but I didn't find anything there so I decided to go down Sloane Street to go to some international designer shops! I went to Gucci, Prada, and Dior. I got a bunch of stuff, and some wonderful makeup. My cousin Christine works for Dior so I got some free stuff and some discounts. Score! After a full day of shopping and "museuming" I slugded into my hotel with my numerous shopping bags. I had a great time, but I was extremely tired, and soon fell asleep. Who knew shopping could be a form of excersize? :)
DAY 4 June 22nd
Good Morning! I'm ready for another day in London! Today I will be visiting the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. The admission price is 8.50 euros. On my way to the wimbledon museum I stopped at a little bakery called The Hummingbird bakery and got some sweet cupcakes for breakfast! Then I took the rail from London Waterloo to Wimbledon Station. The museum was really cool! I also learned a lot. Some things I saw there were the championship trophies, a 200 degree cinema screen, and the men's dressing room from the 1980's. The ambience of the place was wonderful, and I would love to go there again! Well after learning about tennis and wimbledon history, all of the sudden I had a craving to play! I went to the Wimbledon Park Tennis Court. There I played a couple of games with this girl by the name of Emma. It was really fun, and I think I've improved. After four to five hours of tennis mania, I went to a restaurant called Fire and Stone. It's on Maiden Ln. When I got off the bus and saw the place, I thought it was the cutest pizzaria I've ever seen! There I had an African inspired pizza called the Casablanca. The Casablanca was topped with rosemary infused mascarpone cheese sauce, wild mushrooms sauteed in garlic butter, blue cheese, grated mozzerella topped with roasted walnuts and parsley. What's not to love? I had a thought about desert, but I was already stuffed, and did not want to overeat. The total price of my meal was 7.95 euros. Today was filled with many adventures. I hope my last day in London can be just as great. Goodnight. :)
DAY 5 June 23rd
Ohh no! Time really does fly when you're having fun! It's 4:30 in the morning! My flight leaves at 7:00 a.m. and I still want to do one more activity before I leave! I went to one of the most popular landmarks in London, Big Ben. Even though I didn't get to go inside, (it was 4:30 a.m.) it was still a beautiful landmark, and I was glad that I finally got to go see it! It's around 5:30 now and I must be at the airoprt by 6:00, so I think I have time for one more thing! I went to the American Bagel Factory right over by Harrods! It was really cool watching all of the different types of bagels being made right in front of my eyes. Well, it's 6:30 and I'm way behind schedule! I litterally sprinted across the whole airport to catch my flight! I loved London, and I hope that one day I will be able to come back and do it all over again! Although I will be sad once I leave, I'm excited to see what I will find in Rome! See you soon!