A Look Back at London

In July of 2013 I was off to London to study abroad for a month as a part of Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. I wasn’t blogging back at that point, so I figured I’d share some snapshots from my time there with y’all.

Photos below are a mix from London, Bath and Stonehenge.

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Got to see my main man, JT, at London’s Wireless Festival. He was incredible, as always.

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Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

There’s nothing more British than High Tea…

Full Disclosure: I hate tea. The aroma, the taste, everything.

I figured if I was going to come around to liking tea in any place in the world, it would most certainly be England. Folks there adore the stuff so there’s got to be something special about it, right? Perhaps. But not for this gal.

This is a conversation I’ve had on several occasions:

Friend/Foe/Person I don’t know: “Want some tea?”

Me: “No thanks. I don’t like tea.”

FFP: “Hmph. I bet you haven’t tried ____”

Me: “I’ve had tea in LONDON. Trust me, tried ’em all. Will never like. Where the coffee beans at?”

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So why would I of all people go to grab high tea in London? Because it’s quintessentially BRITISH and I wanted to of course! More for the food than the tea, obviously. Plus it was a fun opportunity to dress up, act fancy and dine in the famous Harrods Tea Room. 

My friends and I opted for the ‘Georgian Afternoon Tea’ which consisted of:

  • A selection of finger sandwiches
  • A selection of freshly prepared tea pastries from the patisserie
  • Warm, traditionally baked scones served with warm clotted cream, strawberry jam, rose-petal jelly and homemade lemon curd
  • Your choice of Harrods’ fine tea

The whole deal was £39 per person (roughly $60 U.S.) which may seem like a hefty price for someone who hates tea as much as I do, but hey when in Rome London…

DSC01086I opted for some kind of fruity/berry tea which was tolerable for a few sips but that was about it.

The food though. Who doesn’t adore finger food?! And I’m not talking Totino’s pizza rolls (…who am I kidding those are great…) but like…Harrods’ is a whole new level of FANCY, DELICIOUS little sandwiches DSC01083and pastries/cakes. I still dream about the mini lobster rolls. They were just so.good. Another great thing about this high tea business is you get to try one of everything! No awkwardness of having to split things in half or decide who gets to try what…you get it ALL! 

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Borough Market

While the Brits are notorious for their fish & chips, London proves to be quite the haven for food enthusiasts of all kinds. If you ever find yourself in the land of royals, you must make a trip to Borough Market. Your palette and stomach and heart and soul will thank you.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie