I love packing up my little Roxy suitcase and heading off on a mini-adventure every now and again, it keeps life interesting and inspiring. Last month I took my little suitcase off on a trip to the big-smoke, London…
…What can I say about London that you won’t already know? Thanks to my day job I could wow (
bore) you with Crossrail figures but I’m sure you already know as much as you want to about the new Elizabeth Line!
After what seemed like an eternity on the train (three hours and thirty long minutes to be precise) I arrived at London’s King’s Cross Station, eager to make my way across the city, find food and my bed for the night.
I was in London on business, visiting an exhibition at the enormous ExCel centre in the Docklands and after quickly topping up my Oyster Card I jumped onto the Underground and instantly regretted the amount of tech I had thrown into my suitcase as I carted it up and down stairs!
I was staying at the Ibis Styles next door to the ExCel centre itself and opposite the Custom House DLR station, the perfect location for my stay. Safe to say by the time I arrived I was more than a little hungry (hangry would be a more accurate term I think) and after dumping my bag I headed over towards the ExCel itself in search of food.
Over looking the Thames, the O2 and Royal Victoria Dock is ‘Top 1 Forever’ a restaurant that is perfectly situated for ExCel visitors and City travellers alike and that isn’t overly loud, crowded or pretentious.
Settling down at my table, I ordered my standard G&T and a burger (no bun, no cheese, no guac – yes I’m that customer) and a portion of sweet potato fries (my face was literally the heart eye emoji when I spotted these on the menu). Thankfully there wasn’t an overly long wait on food, just long enough to reassure you that your meal was freshly prepared and not pinging in a microwave somewhere!
After eating it wasn’t long before my head hit the pillow after my day of travelling caught up with me, as expected the Ibis was basic, but clean and modern and I started the next day to the sound of the planes rolling into City Airport (never leave your window open on a flight path), a refreshing shower and a hearty portion of beans on toast. Yes, diet and macros went out of the window on this trip!
I won’t bore you with details of my day at the exhibition in question, I’m sure you won’t find it as interesting as I did!
However, after a quick change I made my way back across London to King’s Cross in search of the Lola’s Cupcake stand that I had seen the day before. After seeing these cupcakes all over Instagram and various blogs I just had to try one and picked up an Oreo Cupcake to enjoy with my Starbucks on the train home and I even had just enough time to visit Platform 9 3/4 (of course donning a Gryffindor scarf) before walking halfway back home to get to Coach C of my Virgin train home!
It wasn’t the most glamorous of days but it was one I really enjoyed, so much so that I’ve already got my next trip to the capital booked in for July.
Where have you been visiting lately? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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