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London, I Love You

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Happy Monday, friends! Here’s to another week and looking forward to the weekend ahead. As promised, here is the second half of my post from my trip to London this past month.

As I mentioned in my first post, I packed light and in style thanks to my Away luggage bag (Use my discount code here for $$$ off your purchase!). So, a staple in my luggage when traveling is a romper or two. Believe it or not, this super cute and figure-flattering romper is from Target! As someone who naturally gravitates toward neutral tones, I was a little hesitant at first to purchase this boldly printed romper. However, to my pleasant surprise, I love the way it looks and I’ve received so many compliments. While this romper is unfortunately sold-out online, you may still be able to snag this statement piece in stores. Other outfit details below.

While my girl, Jade of JKG photography, and I shot in Hammersmith, I wanted to give y’all some tips for other neighborhoods in London.

If you’re into Italian and love sharing your food family style, I cannot recommend In Para by Food Roots enough! My co-worker invited me to join him and about seven other American expats who were living in London at the time and we tasted everything from cheeses, to handmade pasta, to traditional wines and everything in between. I was surprised that, even as a vegetarian, I didn’t leave the table hungry. My favorite dish was the Tortelli D’erbetta, which is a ravioli filled with spinach and ALL OF THE CHEESES.  

Into art? Check out the Design Museum. Everything from the building itself to the seating areas are impressive and well designed. I spent most of my time in the temporary exhibit, California: Designing Freedom, which highlights the innovation and change that was "Made in’ California and more specifically in Silicon Valley. At times it felt like I was back home and my life was on display in a museum. Ha!

Do you like film? If you know me, you know I love going to the movies and while I sadly couldn’t use my MoviePass in London, I was able to catch Dunkirk while there and it was amazing. If you’re visiting and you’re not from California where tickets are already $14, know that tickets are expensive on top of the currency rate. Pro-tip: most of the theaters offer discounts up to half off on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Finally, if you’re looking to go out, I went to a day and night party that started in Dalston at a rooftop bar called the Dalston Roof Park. While I was there for a dancing and drinking event, I was told that the venue hosts a myriad of events from movie screenings to other social gatherings. I was pleasantly surprised by the generous pour of the liquor and the reasonably priced drinks. The views weren’t bad either.

Have you been to London? If so, where have you been? Share your recommendations in the comments below!

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Photo credit: JKG Photography