Returning Home to London

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I was beyond excited when I hopped off my Aer Lingus flight into London’s Gatwick Airport for a five-day visit at the end of September. It was my first trip back to my second home following my departure (erm, visa expiry date) in April.

I had a fantastic time catching up with old friends, visiting our favourite restaurants, bars, and neighbourhoods. The trouble was, after five days of doing the things that used to be routine, I forgot I had to leave! It was a bit sad on the Sunday when I realized I wasn’t flying to Dublin for a city break…I was going to stay. (Side note: Dublin isn’t that bad at all, but it was an overwhelming moment nonetheless!)

I had three days where people were working and I had to occupy myself. I caught up with my regular Oxford Street faves, popped into the likes of Selfridges, Liberty, and Harrods, and visited the V&A, the National Gallery, Portobello Market, and Spitalfields. It was good to be back.

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One thing I’d never gotten around to doing after two whole years in London? Riding a Boris bike. So I did! Charlie toured me (while I threw mini-tantrums) down tiny side streets from the King’s Road into Kensington Gardens. I can ride a bike just fine, but on the street? Those taxis don’t stop! I’d still recommend it if you’re in town, though.

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It’s great to know there is still much more to see and do in a city I hold so dear.

London, I’ll see you soon.

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