If you arrive in London in December and it’s sunny, don’t worry that you haven’t slept for nearly two days. Get outside. Because surely the weather won’t last.
Take a taxi, they are roomy, charming and come with wonderfully accented drivers. In fact, if I would have had pounds of pounds (£) I could have happily ridden in the back and talked to the driver for hours.
When you see your first phone booth, don’t be embarrassed, take as many pictures as possible. In fact, try to take more than I did, I dare you. After all, who knows how long these essential but unessential phone booths will be around. I think they are essential looking even if they are no longer used. In fact, couldn’t they just disconnect all the phones but keep the booths there? Or perhaps put in cell phone charging stations? I must write the Queen with this suggestion…
If you know anything about London I don’t have to tell you to go to Harrods. It’s the number two tourist destination in London. It was my third stop. 1) Hotel 2) Restaurant for classic British Fare 3) Harrods.
The clothes are high end. I found a beautiful knit hat for 240£ (388USD). Later I found one I liked just as much from the GAP for 6£ (10USD). I’m guessing that might be the reason the clothes areas were free of people. I left the expensive clothes and followed the trails of people like a worker ant and quickly found the packed, full to the gills, can barely lift your arms crowded food halls.
So this is where everyone has been hiding. And it’s no wonder because everything was beautiful! They had every brand of chocolate, tea, pastry, confection, meat, sushi, fish, breads, veggies, condiments and gifts from all the lands formerly under the British Empire. And the shop keepers wore cute hats!
If you’re wondering why some of my previous photos were blurry it’s because I kept getting knocked and squeezed by the hoards of people. They do not say excuse me or pardon me because that is what you say when you pass gas in London. So they just knock you about and blur your pictures and head on their merry way.
I have been accused of saying too often “I almost bought this for you but…” Apparently it’s quite maddening. But, I almost bought this for my close friends and family but I never went back. It was a cute flag tin full of Scottish (the best) shortbread. Are you getting mad yet?
I spent at least an hour exploring the marvelous food halls. I highly recommend skipping my above mentioned stop 2 and interacting a bit more with the products there. I was too full to eat anything.
Every year Harrods does elaborately themed Christmas windows. They are spectacularly over the top! This year was Disney Princess themed. I wish I would have taken the time to get better and more photos of these but if you’d like to see someone else’s video click here.
Notice Cinderella’s missing slipper and the elaborate marble staircase.
Snow White was my favorite, the hill with flowers and the little dwarf beds were amazing. And her dress and hood perfected the window scene.
And last but not least. Here is the building I picked (it changed daily) for my flat in London. Adjacent to Harrods. Whoever would need to cook when you can eat like a Queen next door? And while I’m imagining things, I might as well take the corner tower as my place. Would you come visit? I promise I’ll buy you a tin of Scottish shortbread…
And we can eat our shortbread and look at this view of the sunset…if you’re fortunate enough to come to London, like I did, when it isn’t raining.