On the first Saturday of my trip across the pond, Sophie took me to a vintage shopper’s mecca: Brick Lane. We took the central line to Liverpool street station and made our way towards the famous street. On our way we stopped off at Spitalfields Market, a tourist destination I had read about in the TimeOut London 2011 pocket guide I had brought with me. Expectations high, I approached the covered market with excitement. However, after a few minutes spent wandering through the booths I was ready to leave. Everything I saw was either cheaply made, or served no obvious purpose. Feeling discouraged, Sophie and I headed towards Brick Lane hoping for some inspiration.
I just got back from a week long visit to London. One of my good friends, Sophie just moved there and despite having been to most of Europe, I had never been to the UK. Since my favorite way to travel is meeting up with friends who actually live there, I took the opportunity and jumped on a plane. A short 7 hours later I was on the Heathrow Express heading towards Paddington station in Central London. Sophie met me at the station and we headed back to her apartment in the charming area of Holland Park, right on the edge of Notting Hill.