Continuing from my last post, I’ll be chatting a bit about what my boyfriend and I got up to in London last month! I didn’t bring my DSLR on this trip, so all the photos apart from the one below are from my phone.
I didn’t bring a nude lipstick because it was a special London weekend, but I did bring something more low key in the form of a Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Colour in Blackberry. I’ve been obsessed with this formula recently and wearing it non-stop – it’s sheer but not too sheer, super comfortable and even natural-ish! 2016 Swanna could NEVER have picked this of her own free will!! Overall, I kept my look simple with curled lashes with mascara and a smidge of concealer in the central red points of my face.
We started off the day in the nearest cafe across the road – Leyas. If there’s one thing about London eateries, it’s that they all seem tiny from the outside but they usually have an extra floor and many small spaces. It’s not great if you’re terrible at bringing coffee downstairs, or if you struggle with stairs for whatever reason, but it means there are lots of great tiny nooks and crannies to make yourself cosy. We loved the breakfast here – we both had poached eggs and avocado on toast – something simple yet SO GOOD.
After our breakfast, we headed out to some museums. The two we went to were part of University College London – The Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. They’re free to visit, so do check them out!!
The Grant Museum of Zoology is a collection of tens of thousands of animal specimens, started by the founder Robert Grant for teaching purposes, and donated to the University after his death. It includes large animal skulls, small animals in jars and boxes, stuffed specimens, and a collection of small slides and skeletons like the ones in the photos below. The photos are just a literal snapshot of what was there, as they made up whole walls of displays! If you’re into animals, biology or anything like that, this is really, really worth visiting. I absolutely loved it here. The huge range of things to see in a relatively small hall just blew my mind.
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology is a collection of about 8000 Egyptian items on display from their 18000- piece collection. It didn’t capture my attention as much as the last museum mostly due to personal interest, but it had some amazing pieces nevertheless, such as whole dresses that were in use 5000 years ago! That’s kind of mindblowing. The dolls and figures pictured below were made to be servants for the deceased in the afterlife. I like to think of that as avoiding chores in an extra way, and I love it. It’s a really neat idea!
After our visits to the museums, we relaxed in the nearby Waterstones with cups of tea. We were both really exhausted from being on our feet so much, so we just read manga. At around half five, we headed out to a nearby hotdog place, called Bubbledogs. they offered a cute selection of dogs including smaller mini dogs, which I chose because I figured, I can’t drop by again anytime soon so I’ll try multiple toppings! I can’t remember exactly what I picked because, in the end, it was the tater tots that stole the show. Soft and crunchy, and well seasoned, I, a self-professed potato-lover, fell in love with these.
That just about wraps it up for the London trip. I only ever go down there once in a blue moon (the last time was actually when I saw Crush live in 2016!) and I’ll actually be back for a day trip in a few months to sort out some traveling-related things.