Let me explain the title of this post. I met Olivia and Ali during orientation week at Tuks. We all met so many people that week but we stayed friends throughout varsity and have been since. We had big dreams; besides the fact that we were going to retire by the age of 30 and live the yacht life we were going to own our own investment company called TOA (Tamzin, Olivia and Ali). We had designed our head office and we were each going to have our own wing which would reflect our different personalities and styles. You can see some embarassing photos of us during a trip we took to Sun City in first year here. Anyway, later we became friends with Katherine who also did a BCom in Investment Management and there were talks that TOA would become TOAK. Katherine moved to London in December (she is super smart and is working some super fancy job there – so proud!) and we have obviously been dying to visit her since.
This is us at my Faeries & Elves 21st in 2010
And now it is happening – we are off in September! (Except Olivia is going to Croatia in August already but we are working on her FOMO and might still be able to convince her to join us – maybe this post will do the trick?).
It all started with a tweet less than a week ago…
I've maybe made a bit of a spontaneous decision. Related: currently googling cheap flights to London.
— Tamzin Nel (@femmegypsy) June 23, 2015
Flights have been booked and paid for and our UK Visa interviews are on Thursday so the MOST spontaneous trip of my life is now very real.
After two days and nights in Dubai (post to follow…) we arrive in London on Sunday 20th September at lunch time and then fly back home the next Saturday at 5 pm so we only have five full and two half days there. I was last in London when I was 10 years old for a day and Ali has never been so we obviously want to do and see as much as possible! I have been googling furiously and this is my “to do” list whilst there:
- A hop-on, hop-off bus tour: I think this is one of the best ways to see a city! There are quite a few companies that offer this tour and this post seems to compare the big operators quite well – any personal recommendations?
- Visit a museum and / or gallery: There are quite a few – British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria Albert Museum and the Museum of London. Kath has mentioned that The London Museum is her favourite. Which is yours?
- Other attractions: Kath has also suggested The Fire of London Monument – apparently we ‘can walk all the way to the top and get a little certificate and everything :)’ Any opportunity to get a certificate and anything that is History related and I am in. I also think The Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, a visit to Big Ben and The Tower of London is a must on any trip to London.
- The London Eye: I am obsessed with Ferris wheels so how can I resist a trip on this giant one on the banks of The Royal River Thames?
- Markets: I want to visit all of the markets Ché mentions in her “London: Top Ten” post; Portobello Road Market, the Brick Lane markets, Real Food Markets and Borough Market.
- A yoga class with indieyogalife: Talking about Ché, have you been following her yoga journey on Instagram and on her yoga blog? It is the BEST. I love seeing people fall in love with yoga and she recently qualified as a teacher so I would love to do a yoga class with her (possibly followed by a drink – see next point).
- Visit some local London pubs: Your favourite local hang outs for a drink and a great vibe?
- A show and a fancy dinner: I found this guide with all the shows that are on in London in September. Suggestions for best shows and theatres please? Also, suggestions for a fancy (but not too fancy because it is like 20 Rand to a Pound at the moment…) restaurant that we should try?
- Bike around the parks: I know there are some gorgeous parks in London and I would absolutely love to rent a bike for the day / morning / afternoon and bike around one or a few of them.
- Explore the beautiful English countryside: This full day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock and Bath looks incredible although we might not have the time (or cash) this time round.
- Shopping on Oxford Street: This is the iconic street to shop on right?
- Random things: Kath (an epic holiday planner like myself) has also suggested that we should see the “Greenwhich meantime” line and the Cutty Sark boat.
What else have I missed? I AM SO EXCITED!!!
I have been pinning some awesome blog posts with some great ideas and tips on my Places Pinterest board.