22.03.2013 - 23.03.2013 34 °F
Landed at London Heathrow after an uneventful 2 1/2 hour flight, easy customs clearance, found our car, and headed to the West End of the city, and the Winston Churchill Hyatt Regency, our home for 3 days.
Our small but cozy room.
We slept in, and finally got used to the time zone. I went and ran in the gym, and we enjoyed the free breakfast that comes with our room, in the very hilariously elitist Regency Club lounge. Hey - free food is free food, especially in London. It's cold here - low 40's, so walking around is not dreamy, but the West End is filled with shops and restaurants, so there's a lot to see and do.
We walked through the crazy crowds on Oxford St., as I wanted to show Traci Liberty's of London, this crazy old school fabric, clothing, housewares store. Kind of hard to explain. Very expensive, and almost impossible to walk out of without buying something. (We didn't). But man, the cool stuff in there.
Afterwards we stopped in Selfridges, which is kind of like a mall, and which has this amazing (and amazingly expensive) food court. You could basically buy anything you want - any kind of food. We saw some beautiful and strange things. :-)
After Tessa and I had afternoon tea upstairs while Traci caught up on her sleep (someone kept her up most of the night - I have no idea who. :-)
We took a cold but really fun walk through Hyde Park to the Kensignton Whole Foods, one of the biggest in the world. Honestly it was wet and rainy, but we had a blast. The park is huge, and already showing signs of spring.
WFM Kensington is cool - three stories, packed, and with a very different mix of cool products. Honestly it was one of the coolest WFM's I've seen, and we've been to a lot.
It started raining and blowing at about 30 mph just as we left, so we caught a taxi home (after trying to hail one for seemingly 30 min - not surprising that everyone wanted to a taxi when it's pouring rain outside.
We went to bed early, and woke up to brunch upstairs. Tessa is getting used to drinking tea British-style.
London is cold and snowy today. We walked through the West End past a ton of cool shops, in the snow.
Hamley's, the largest (self-proclaimed finest) toy stores in the world. SIX stories tall, and packed to the gils. Amazing.
The rule was Tessa could pick out one thing. She got a little Mini Cooper model to drive her tiny dolls around in. Good choice. We also got a giraffe puppet, which we couldn't pass up. The best part of the store was the Lego section.
Tonight we went for dinner at a Lebanese place. It was decent. Not amazing. But Tessa liked falafel. Cool.
Some sites from a night out on Oxford Street.