Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
 coat: c/o Lidl - yellow knit sweater: & Other Stories - plaid skirt: Zara - beret: BHV Le Marais - sunglasses: c/o Shein - oldskool Vans: c/o ZEB - handbag: Kate Spade NY

Hi babes! We've been struggling to recover from a family-sized serving of the flu over here, and things have been hectic at work - what else is new, right? Well, this blog post is new! Some pictures from our third and final day in London, when the sun finally broke through the clouds and we explored our way from Westminster to Covent Garden. Enjoy!

We had seen much of Westminster already on Thursday, but since the weather was so gorgeous, everything looked more beautiful and we stopped every few steps to marvel at the views and snap some last pictures.

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Look at how happy this dude is! Sunshine never fails to brighten up our mood. Even my foul morning temper. J/k, I don't really get grumpy in the mornings when I'm traveling, I'm too busy enjoying myself. Especially when you get treated to a sunny February morning in London, and these views on the Thames!

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

This skirt was such a good buy. €50 is more than I generally would spend on a Zara skirt, but pleated skirts that fit just right are surprisingly hard to find - I'd been looking for a perfect pleated addition to my wardrobe for about two years now, so I pounced when I saw this one. I had a crummy experience with Zara's customer's service (what else is new) at its Victoria st location, but all's well that ends well.

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

It's not often that you come across monuments honoring historically relevant women, so of course I had to stop and pay tribute to Emmeline Pankhurst. In light of how difficult it still is to take a public stance pro feminism, I can only imagine how brave Pankhurst must have been to have done so a century ago.

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Ah, Richard the Lionheart! I know this guy best from my profound love for the Robin Hood mythology, so him and I go way back. Great nickname too, man.

We took a double-decker bus to Leicester Square and dropped off our luggage at Jimmy and Sons using LuggageHero, which ended up being a super affordable and practical way to store our stuff before heading back to King's Cross.

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Then it was time for lunch! I wanted to do the classic, touristy London pub thing once before heading home, and we ended up at the Nag's Head in Covent Garden. Cute place, but the service was not very friendly and incredibly slow (I think we waited 40 mins before we got our order?) and the food wasn't great. Would not recommend. This spoiled our moods a bit, but we quickly recovered our high spirits when we made it to Covent Garden. I had heard many people call this a tourist trap, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely here, despite the freezing wind. We especially liked the little market stalls set up in the Apple Market, where we scored some cute coasters and a framer taxidermy butterfly, which I'm super in love with. Shake Shack is also here, and they serve some of the best burgers I have ever eaten, so we should have just lunched there. I have some great memories of grabbing a jetlag curing burger + fries at Shake Shack during our 7h layover in JFK airport on our way to Puerto Rico during the 2nd year of my PhD. Next time!

Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden
Travel: third day in London - Covent Garden

Finally, we spent some time strolling through the theatre-lined streets around Covent Garden, which was lovely but also very, very cold. Note to self: don't do any more city trips during winter, as I also froze my butt off in Paris just before Christmas.

All in all, a lovely day! But I have to admit, when it comes to the beautiful cities of Western Europe, Paris still has my heart and soul. 

Can't wait to start planning my next trip. It's a little depressing, but any type of travel really is the high point of my year!

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