Tuesday, 16 July 2013

London 2013

Hey Guys!

On Tuesday the 2nd July I got a phone call telling me I had won the KISS magazine competition which included an overnight stay in London and tickets to the sold out fan signing of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Needless to say I freaked out, because I was due to fly to London on the 4th! In two days! I couldn't believe my luck because my sister and I had been trying to plan a trip to London this summer but we kind of let that idea go because we just couldn't find the right time to go.

I started planning my outfits and packing everything I would need. I didn't sleep a wink that night, or the next night! On the Wednesday we received all the details about the flights and the hotel and that really made the trip real for us!

The amazing hot chocolate in the airport <3

We woke up on Thursday and got ready to go to Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport where we printed our tickets off at the little machines. We had a browse around all the shops and bought some magazines and sweets to eat for take off and landing. I have to say I prefer the shopping in Terminal 1!

Our flight was delayed so instead of flying at 1.40pm, we flew at 2.20pm! The flight was quick and we landed in Heathrow at 3.30pm. We went and bought Day tickets for the tube which were £8. We hopped on the tube on the Piccadilly Line (we had to wait about 1 minute for the tube- so much faster than Dublin Bus!) The tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross Station took an hour so we got to the station at around quarter to five so we ran to our hotel because we had to check in, get back to the station and get the tube to Piccadilly Circus and then get to the signing event- by 6!! We looked for our hotel and went to check in. Turns out, we had gone to the wrong hotel. -_-

Who has two of the same hotel within 10 minutes of each other?! We practically ran to the hotel and checked in, well tried to at least because there was a bit of a mix up and the hotel room actually hadn't been paid for. Whoops! The people in the hotel were kind enough to let us put our suitcases in a room and we ran, and I mean ran, to the station to hop on the tube to Piccadilly Circus for the event. It was 5.50pm by then and the tube journey took 20 mins. We were freaking out!

We hadn't had time to change or refresh our makeup, and we also hadn't eaten since 8am that morning, so we were tired and stressed out by the time we reached St. James' Cathedral for the book signing. The church was beautiful and was full of sculpture and colourful stained glass, which really fit in with the book, I felt. The place was absolutely packed with girls wearing the runes featured in the book on their arms, drawn on with eyeliner. Some even had Shadow Hunter t-shirts on. We ended up sitting high up in the balcony as that was the only space left. We were able to look down on the author and Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Jace in the movie version.

It was hard to hear what the author was saying most of the time but I got the general gist of it. Jamie Campbell Bower was a big hit with all the girls, especially when he took out his guitar and played two of his own songs for everyone. I had no idea that he could sing, and he was actually really good.

Unfortunately I didn't get my book signed as it was taking way, way, way too long so my sister and I bought the books and went and got a Costa Coffee, our first 'meal' since breakfast that morning. We got mango and passion fruit ice coolers and went to get the Night Time Tour of London. We were the only people on the bus and we sat upstairs in the open air. It was so much fun and we got to see all of the tourist-y things in London, like Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey. We saw Hyde Park and Prince William's favourite food hall (haha ;)) as well as The Ritz, which I am determined to stay at one day!

The tour ended at 10.30pm and we wanted to have a look around Piccadilly but my sister was afraid that the tube would stop running (it was our first time in London!) so we got the tube back to Kings Cross and we got there at 11.10pm so we ran into the Marks & Spencers and bought some cut up mango slices and grapes just in case we couldn't find a restaurant. We headed to the hotel hoping that we would have somewhere to stay and thankfully, although the payment hadn't been sorted out, we were allowed into our room. The bed was massive! We dumped our bags in the room and went to see if there was a restaurant open. The one in the hotel was closed and we were told that most of them closed at around 10pm except for McDonalds. We really didn't want McDonalds so we found a Nandos that was still open. We went in and ordered a take away meal which we brought back to our hotel room. We got into our PJ's and laid out our feast on the bed. We both got a half chicken with medium spice, and I got garlic bread and corn and Becky got chips and corn. It was AMAZING!

In the middle of the night we woke up to a blaring fire alarm which we thought was only in our room but it was actually in the whole hotel. We went out the the landing of our floor and we could see down into the lobby. There were fire men and fire engines and everyone on the lower floor had been evacuated! Thankfully everything was ok and the firemen left so Becky and I waited a while then went back to bed and fell fast asleep.

That was Day one of my trip to London. I'm sorry about the length of the post but I just had to let you all know how my trip was! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it.

xoxo, Emma


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