London Day 1 | Soho, Cupcakes & A Spider Nightmare3 min read

Carnaby Street

It’s always easier getting out of bed at 4am when you’re going on a trip! This trip was extra exciting because I was visiting one of my best friends who I hadn’t seen for 9 months!!

I was lucky enough to be allocated a window seat and see the sunrise from the sky, which was so beautiful.

Sunrise from plane

Unfortunately when I got to London, the motorway was closed causing the bus to be an hour late. The bus journey then took nearly 2 hours because of extreme traffic! It was mad but I eventually arrived at the bus stop and met Alexandra! I dropped my bags off at her place and we headed to get some food (I was starving!).

We strolled around and decided to try Spaghetti House on Argyll Street. I got the Diavola pizza and my mouth is actually watering thinking of it haha!

We walked around Soho and Fashion Week was on at the time, so there were photographers everywhere! I had a very bright, floral umbrella that really stood out from all the black umbrellas on the street and one photographer took a picture of it! I really wish I knew how to find that photo 🙁

Chinatown, London

Alexandra knows me so well that she had planned a trip to some bakeries! First up was Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden, which was the cutest little bakery. Choosing which flavour to get was so hard but I ended up getting a classic vanilla cupcake.

Primrose BakeryPrimrose Bakery

We continued exploring, crossed the River Thames over to Southbank. On our way back over the Millennium Bridge, we saw the Floating Dreams exhibition. It took us a while to figure out if it was actually a real person on top of the exhibition… turns out it wasn’t! It is actually a Korean War memorial and a symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.

Floating Dreams ExhibitionMillennium BridgeSt. Paul's Cathedral

After a lot of walking, we went back to Alexandra’s and got ready to head to Cirque le Soir, a club different to any that I have experienced before!

Cirque le Soir

When we got home I was greeted by a giant black spider next to me in the bed. To give you a realistic description, let’s just say the lights were off and I could see a huge black circle on the white duvet cover over me – I am actually going to have nightmares tonight over this. If you know me, you know that I have the biggest fear of spiders!

I jumped and fell straight out of the bed and of course the spider went missing!

We spent 1 hour (no joke) trying to find the spider because there was absolutely no way I was sleeping in that bed if the spider was not found!! In all of the madness, the bed even broke but we worked as a team to find the spider and fix the bed.. quite a productive night haha! Although I am sure the neighbours below were not too happy with our shenanigans!

And finally, after being up for almost 48 hours, it was time to get sleep.

Originally I planned on just doing one post about my weekend in London. However, it would have been such a long post so I have decided to split it! Stay tuned to hear about the rest of my adventures.

Thanks for reading,

Ali xx

What are some of your favourite things to do in London?

22 Comments

  1. Sophie
    February 27, 2017

    I absolutely love Carnaby street it is so vibrant and full of colours!

    Sophie | MapleTreeBlog

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    1. Ali Bourke
      February 27, 2017

      Yeah, it is such a gorgeous area!

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  2. Ada
    February 27, 2017

    Welcome to London 🙂 the cupcakes looks fantastic I might have to have a little walk and check them out 🙂

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  3. Francesca
    February 27, 2017

    Pretty pics! Looks like you had a great time! 🙌🏼 Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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  4. Ashvin Nankoo
    February 27, 2017

    Canarby street is the best. I live in London and that street has everything. I have never been to the Primerose bakery, I must check them out soon! Your pictures are also very awesome! Great Post!

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  5. Thomas
    February 27, 2017

    Very nice post with a lot of wonderful photos 😀

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  6. CL
    February 27, 2017

    Looked like a fun trip! I’ve been to London a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to revisit. Hopefully soon!

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  7. jessica
    February 28, 2017

    it is always more exciting to wake up at 4am if you’re beginning a trip and this sounds like it was an exciting trip to say the least. the spider, yikes–i couldn’t have slept until it was found either! looking forward to part 2 (:

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  8. Gennifer Rose
    February 28, 2017

    Love the photos from the Primrose Bakery, so colorful and everything looks so sweet 🙂 We went to London last summer but we need to go back soon to see more!

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

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  9. Jade
    February 28, 2017

    Looks fun. I actually have it on my bucket list to visit London someday. Have fun!

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  10. Ali
    February 28, 2017

    Sounds like an amazing trip! I have always wanted to go to London – your photos definitely make me think I need to do this sooner rather than later. That bakery looks so good!

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  11. Jolina
    February 28, 2017

    OMG we’re the same! Not only in waking up way too early when going on a trip but also with whole spider situation. There’s NO WAY I can sleep without being 100% sure the spider is OUT. OF. THERE. LOL! Looks like you had a lovely time (spider notwithstanding). Hope to visit London next year.

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  12. kristina
    February 28, 2017

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your London adventures : ) I love extreme ice cream in covent garden & all the street food in camden market!

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  13. Ashlyn
    February 28, 2017

    I cannot wait to travel to that side of the world one day! I have had a lot of friends recently that have gone to London and almost didn’t come back because they loved it so much! One Day!

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  14. Betty Davies
    February 28, 2017

    Glad you enjoyed your London experience – I love this city! Primrose Bakery is one of my favourites, you’re friend did well taking you there! There’s so many great small restaurants around the streets of Soho, always something to discover!

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  15. Yuliya
    February 28, 2017

    I totally get you about the umbrella. I have a pink one with prints and colours. And normally people have black umbrellas in London. Next time just ask the photographer to send a pic to you, give them your email. They will happily do so xxx

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  16. Lisa Sell
    February 28, 2017

    London has so much to offer. I feel lucky that I live in England and can get there easily enough without having to travel far or live within the busy London hustle and bustle itself.

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  17. Cameron
    February 28, 2017

    Looks like you had fun, but sorry about the spider haha. SoHo is such a great areas to explore!

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  18. kenzie
    February 28, 2017

    You should try Chotto matte if you like peruvian/japanese food! its also in Soho n super cool. Especially on the weekend! and pizza pilgrims near Carnaby street 🙂

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    1. Ali Bourke
      March 6, 2017

      Oooh I will definitely add those to my list, thanks! 🙂

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  19. Ashlynn
    March 1, 2017

    I’ve never been to London, or anywhere in Europe for that matter. I sure would love to visit the little bakeries and tea shops everyone talks about. High tea in London would be a dream!

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  20. Anna nuttall
    March 1, 2017

    My home town – i live not too far from Soho. i’m so lucky – but also not so as everything is so expensive. xx

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