Straders in Europe: London (Day Three and Four)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Let's start off day 3 with this smiling face!!!

First on our list for the day was going to Kings Cross Station to see Platform 9 and 3/4. I read all of the Harry Potter books starting in third grade and have seriously read them a million times. For a long time, before the 4th book and so on.. the 3rd was my favorite. I lost count after reading it 17 times. I promise I had friends I just loved reading. Still do. Ben on the other hand has never seen a Harry Potter movie and for sure hasn't read a book. He literally had to have me explain what it was. Good thing my brother is as obsessed as I am so we texted nonstop about this experience and got to nerd out together.

I'm supposed to be showing motion like my scarf is blowing in the wind here but let's be honest there were literally 50 people waiting and seriously 4 random foreign men taking my picture too so I was shy.

I had to include a photo where you can kind of see the guy working the job of putting on people's Harry Potter scarves. He had the best sense of humor ever and it was really funny to watch people speaking totally unknown languages taking a million pictures and confusing the workers and I truly think a youtube video about this could go viral. Hold on let me make sure that hasn't already happened.

Couldn't find it. Someone get on that! When the guy asked Ben if he wanted his photo done I quickly said "he doesn't even know who Harry Potter is!!!!" and Ben laughed and told the guy sorry and he leaned forward to us and whispered "don't tell the people in the line" and he's so funny and we'd like to be his best friend.

Then we decided to shop and of course came here:

The store was huge and unlike any one I had ever been in... the displays were so detailed. I mean look at that decorative rock chair thing.

I also loved the check out area with the stained glass and lamp and flowers. I bought a pink skirt that was a European brand that you can see the girl folding.

A goal for the trip was to try on a fascinator. Harrods was too intimidating with the thousand dollar hats and legitimate people trying them on with ball gowns so we stuck with M&S. I wanted to bring this home for all visitors of our home to try on but Ben wasn't feeling that.

We were then hungry and exhausted and ate at a cute little place called Wildwood just yards from our hotel.

This skillet baked brie was life changing. Mmmm.

Before ordering they told us we would for sure need our own orders and that ended up with wayyyyy too much food. Yikes. Still yummy though. :) Also please note the difference in amount of cheese American pizza has vs British pizza.

The next day, day four in London (day something overall) ... started with brunch at a place we had been eyeing.. Muriel's Kitchen. It was probably my favorite place to eat of the whole trip.

I was seriously in love with how this place looked. A lot of the ingredients were farm fresh.

We started off with coffee and fresh squeezed apple juice.

The baked goods looked awesome but we didn't try because we were there for breakfast!

Yum. Eggs Benedict and an Avocado breakfast sandwich. Soooooo yummy.

At this point I realize you probably don't care to know that we got a side of fruit but I will want to look back one day and remember. :)

We then scooted over to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Because everything there was design related, it was really fun.

We loved going to the wedding dress exhibit, which showed wedding attire from overtime. No photos were allowed but it was really fun!

We decided then that the perfect way to spend our afternoon would be in Hyde Park, reading our books.

It was a really relaxing and fun way to spend our afternoon. People watching was out of control.

That night we went to the Lion King.. which was amazing! I had already seen it once years ago and we had so much fun! :)

Fingers crossed I can combine more days of travel to keep there from being a million posts.. I promise they'll be over soon if this isn't your thing! :)


  1. What an ADORABLE little cafe! Your photos make me want to visit London, soon!

  2. Ahh I LOVE the Harry Potter platform! I would have totally nerded out with you. We basically grew up with Harry Potter. Ben has got to watch all the movies! That Anthropologie and bake shop...holy moly.

  3. You're making me want to visit there! And the food?! Wow. Just yum. I love all of the detail!

  4. Even I, this "old lady of 54", have seen all of the HP movies and read all of the books. Come on, Ben! And Victoria, please keep the photos/posts coming. I'm loving this!

  5. so much fun! this trip looks like a dream! LOVE harry potter. and that skillet cheese...oh wow!

  6. I love the Harry Potter exhibit!!! Now I reeeeaaallllllyyyy want to take a trip like this. I say this on every post but these pictures are divine!

  7. First off, you are absolutely adorable! Second, these photos make me miss London so much! I loved my lazy afternoon in Hyde Park, walking (open-mouth, of course, because of all the gorgeous art!) through the Natural Museum of History, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Galley, and so much more. That anthro is HUGE! What a dream! And Muriel's Kitchen looks so darling!


  8. The people at Platform 9 3/4 were so funny! The man helping you in the picture is I'm pretty sure the one who helped me too! :) The fascinator looks really cute on you; you definitely should have bought it. Thanks for sharing London with us, you're making me miss it but in the best way. I can't wait to read the rest.

  9. So many good things! I absolutely loved Muriel's Kitchen. It was such a cute set-up and the food was so good! I didn't make it to the Victoria and Albert Museum but the wedding dress exhibit sounds awesome!


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