London Travel Diary

Peggy Porschen Cakes London

I don’t even know where to start… but this year I’m blessed to have the opportunity to attend fashion week not only in New York but also in London and Paris! But exploring ready-to-wear collections from world’s fashion capitals was not the only thing I had on my agenda. Since it’s the first time for me and my boyfriend Ben to visit England and France, we planned our schedules not too tight with fashion events so we could immerse ourselves into exploring all the cultural stuff. You’ll be surprised how many fun activities we packed in our five days’ vacation in London and hopefully would be able to take some notes if you are planning on visiting this city sometime soon.

Day 1: Tate Modern + Hotel

London Travel Guide 2017 - Tour to Tate Modern MuseumWhen your jet lag outfit matches the artwork at the Tate Modern Museum!
Outfit: H&M Sweater // J Brand Jeans // Nike Sneakers

Our trip to London started on a… sleepy side! I was thinking that it would be a time-saving idea to take an overnight flight so we leave on Thursday night and come to London at noon on Friday. As it turned out, it was the worst idea ever! The “red eye” flight might be great if you are traveling first class, but I struggled to fall asleep all night long and was extremely sleepy (and cranky!) when we arrived to the U.K.

Even though our sleeping pattern was ruined, we decided to stay strong and make it through the day and get some jet-lag therapy at the modern art museum, Tate Modern. It’s a beautiful building with lots of famous pieces that are mixed in with the works of the contemporary artists. We were surprised to learn that there is no fee to attend the museum and with a number of young hip people wandering around and educating themselves. Another interesting discovery is that there is a restaurant on the 9th floor of the Tate Modern that gives you a great view of the city.

Day 2: Bus Tour + Oblix

Most of the iconic red telephone booths in London actually offer free Wi-Fi connection!
Outfit: Rebecca Minkoff Sweatshirt // Zara Jacket // J Brand Jeans // Nike Sneakers

I see double-decker buses in New York all the time, but I never thought taking one of those myself. Honestly speaking, I was thinking that bus tours are lame, but after an hour or so of touring the city on the rooftop of the guided bus, I completely changed my mind. Now I know that bus tours are great for exploring a lot of new information about the new city and getting an idea what is located where in a short period of time.

London Tour 2017 Best Photos 2View on the Oblix Restaurant tower from the restaurant at the Tate Modern Museum.

After the tour, we walked on the Piccadilly street and part of Soho and headed home to change. For dinner, we booked a tiny Parisian restaurant with a great wine selection and went out for drinks to the trendy Oblix Restaurant. Located on the 32nd floor of the pointy-looking sky-scraper, it’s a must-visit spot for a social scenery and a breathtaking view of the nighttime London.

Day 3: London Eye + Selfridges

London Eye Champagne Tour Review 2017Champagne with the best view of London. London Eye Tour is totally worth the hype!
Outfit: BCBG Blazer // Tassel T-Shirt // Club Monaco Skirt // Sunglasses

From all the London activities, the London Eye tour was the most impressive. Imagine a giant Ferris wheel that is located on the River Thames. The cabin you are sharing with a few other people is completely transparent so you could observe the entire city from far above. Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and much more of the London landmarks are all here for you to photograph and always remember.

My personal recommendation is to order your tickets online (and you don’t even need to do it in advance). The line for standard ticket holders is insane and it’s easy to avoid if you pick a Champagne tour. Think: enjoying a VIP lounge prior to the ride and sipping champagne on top of the London — it’s so worth it!

London Eye Tour 2017

After the London Eye tour, we took a cab to Selfridges. As it turned out, most of the department stores are closing around 6:00 pm so we didn’t have much time for shopping and ended up enjoying delicious Thai food at the cozy Rosa’s Thai Cafe. It’s a cute and cozy place not many people know about that offers a wide range of vegan and gluten-free meals.

Day 4: London Fashion Week + Sketch

London Fashion Week SS18 StyleSprinterThe fresh-looking skin at the David Koma LFW show. So photo-friendly!
Outfit: Derek Lam Dress // Sophie Hulme Bag // Zara Jacket

On Monday, I dedicated a few hours to attend London Fashion Week. I was lucky to receive an invitation for Sophia Webster’s show, one of the most beautiful accessory presentations I’ve ever attended. Observing from the “back of the house” how ethereal, fairy-looking girls are preparing for the whimsical presentation, I learned a tip or two on what it takes to turn yourself into a mystical creature. Fairy dust and St. Tropez’s self-tanner is just a part of the equation; check out a full report on what happened behind the scenes of Sophia Webster’s show.

Another significant show I had a glimpse into was a runway show by a Georgian fashion designer based in London, David Koma. Together with Amanda Bell, Pixi Beauty’s Brand Ambassador, I learned that runway looks are much more accessible than it might seem. In fact, all the tools for creating glamorous and chic looks are all natural and affordable – just use Pixi!

Sketch London Review 2017Book your reservation at Sketch online to ensure you have a spot at the Gallery room!
Outfit: Derek Lam Dress // Polly Plume Ally Boots

In the afternoon, my blogger dream finally came to fruition when we headed to Sketch, London’s most instagrammable patisserie. Featuring a feminine all pink interiors and futuristic power rooms, this afternoon tea location offers some of the most decadent desserts and sandwich à deux étages that looked too cute to taste. Whether you pick classic tea varieties offering or opt-in for a glass or two of bubbly rose, this ultimately luxurious restaurant is a must-visit spot for any trendsetter or foodie.

Day 5: Sky Garden + Desserts

Sky Garden London ReviewHeading to the Sky Garden, dress warmly as it’s super windy there!
Outfit: 360 Cashmere Sweater // Mansur Gavriel Bag // AE Scarf // Zara Jeans

On the last day in London, we decided to skip room service and opt-in for a breakfast with the view. We booked a table at Darwin Brasserie, one of the restaurants located in the Sky Garden – Europe’s biggest public garden located on the top of the skyscraper. Early reservation granted us a benefit we had no idea about, an intimate breakfast in a gorgeous greens and glass decorated space. Whether you are visiting just the garden or book a culinary experience, the views Sky Garden provides are unbeatable. Come prepared to take lots of photos and hear all the “wow’s” and “ahh’s.”

Peggy Porschen Cakes London 2017

After morning’s adventure, we moved to another hotel, The Rubens at the Buckingham Palace located indeed right across London’s biggest attraction. We spent the day wandering around the Palace, checking out all the acclaimed works at the National Art Gallery, and exploring the Soho. We stopped for a cake or two at another Insta-friendly location, ­­­Peggy Porschen Cakes and called it a day after dining at The Real Greek Covent Garden in Soho.

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There you have it: a full report on what I saw while in London. Granted, this program was less intense than your typical tourist tour. But that was the idea: to visit only those places we were genuinely interested in as opposed to following traditional tourist routes. Every day, we did thousands of steps exploring all the smaller streets where the locals are hanging out and trying to get to the places that are far away from the classical tourist circle. I think our plan happened to be successful, especially considering that we managed to do so much with the unpredictable London weather.

StyleSprinter in London 2017 London Eye TourTimmy Green Restaurant London - Review 2017Sky Garden London ReviewStyleSprinter Blogger in London 2017

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26 Comments

  1. Looks like you had fab time in London. Sky Garden is my personal favourite. Always love coming here be it sunrise yoga or cocktail jazz nights. x

    Posted 10.27.17 Reply
  2. Jessica wrote:

    Lovely outfits dear, love the Nike sneakers and that BCBG blazer. By teh way, your photos are really pretty!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    Posted 10.12.17 Reply
  3. Ducrocq Vanessa wrote:

    Would love to return to London :)
    xoxo
    Vanessa

    https://www.littleboho.fr

    Posted 10.10.17 Reply
  4. Miki wrote:

    Loving your travel photos! I also went to Peggy’s but didn’t end up going to Sketch London because I want to go with a bunch of girls, or with my hubby lol Looks like you had an incredible trip. :)

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  5. Loved seeing your post, London is my favorite city !!

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  6. Fab travel diary! I miss London SO much! x

    TOUCHOFGS

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  7. glowyshoes1 wrote:

    You sure had lots of fun.. traveling is one hobby i love engaging in..

    Glowyshoes’s blog

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  8. Violette wrote:

    I love London! It looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  9. I Love your hair! this made me miss London so so much x

    http://www.amillionpinks.com/

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  10. Looks like you had a lot of fun dear. Love the travel photos you had./
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  11. Out on Catwalk wrote:

    I love how you have styled all your outfits!! <3 So gorgeous! The pictures are so beautifully shot! <3 The London Eye Tour sounds amazing! :)
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  12. That Peggy cakes place looks so cute, I want to go to take photos
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    Posted 10.9.17 Reply
  13. That is absolutely incredible that you were able to go to these events, Katya!!!
    And as a shoe girl, I am crushing on those pink boots!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  14. What a fun and exciting trip!! Also I’m in LOVE with your hair!!

    xo | Cindy Elena
    http://www.boringclothes.com

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  15. Jenny wrote:

    Love your outfits and all the beautiful places you visited! That Zara jacket is gorgeous!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  16. Lesley Kim wrote:

    How exciting! Beautiful outfit and backdrop!
    Lesley-Kim

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  17. Emily wrote:

    Great captures, and your outfits are adorable!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  18. Yiotou_La wrote:

    I love your photos Katya and thank you for taking me to this journey with you!! It would be my dream to attend fashion week! Happy Sunday :)

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    Posted 10.8.17 Reply
  19. Sam wrote:

    I did the london eye tour when I was there too, it was really cool to see everything from above! stinks that you arrived so sleepy; I like to thank whatever is in my genetics that allows me to fall asleep anywhere if I’m tired enough.

    sam / My Beauty Cloud

    Posted 10.7.17 Reply
  20. Denise wrote:

    I loved your pink boots and outfits! How nice to be able to attend so many fashion weeks and well, a trip can start on a sleeping side, but you did a lot! I loved the art exhibition and your top does match that art! I am glad you had such a great time, Selfridges is such a great shop and London a fabulous city! Hope you have a great weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    Posted 10.7.17 Reply
  21. This sounds like such a great trip. i would love to go to Peggy Porschen Cakes…and i live in London! xx

    franklyflawless.com

    Posted 10.6.17 Reply
  22. Cristina wrote:

    London is such an amazing city! I wish I went there more often. It’s also great for shopping, they have Anthropology and J.Crew which we don’t in Spain.
    Have a lovely weekend, Katya!

    http://www.memoriesofthepacific.com/

    Posted 10.6.17 Reply
  23. Nina wrote:

    Sounds like you had a great trip, Katya. I enjoyed reading this post. I haven’t been to London yet (I only stopped by the Heathrow airport, on my way to New York , few years ago) but London is defintely the city I want to visit one day. You look gorgeous in these outfits.

    Nina’s Style Blog

    Posted 10.6.17 Reply
  24. Dressed With Soul wrote:

    All the looks you show here are simply fantastic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    Posted 10.6.17 Reply

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