For the love of West End

Today is our last day in London so we are up with the sunrise to cram as much as we can into one day. Our first stop is the Abbey Road studios; this is Anton’s first attempt to get a recording contract so he can finally get paid to strum his six strings.

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Abbey Road Studios
We get our best photo yet on the famous zebra crossing the Beatles stride – my Lord this crossing is hectic, people and cars are plenty!!

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We also get the token shot at Lords Cricket ground, which is just around the corner. Anton was lucky to get me to this let alone pretend to play cricket with him also.

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Very excited of what’s ahead, we hurry off and we board the bus for Oxford Street. It’s time to spend a few hours in Zara and Riverland and Pull and Bear and Mango, to grab those items I’ve been thinking about since we left yesterday. Lucky I have a husband that loves a shop more than any female I know.

After a massive shop, we get ourselves to brick lane for a curry, I feel we would let so many people down if we didn’t do this. East London is a groovy place where all the houses and buildings have a pretty facade.

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Groovy East London home fronts

Recommendations came from everywhere for a famous London curry but the difficulty was where do we dine, every single shop had an award wining sticker on the window and were all voted best Indian restaurant for 2013.

With no internet for a quick reference check on trip advisor, we take a punt on well what seemed to be the only restaurant opened, Papadoms. The meal was ok ~ actually it was nothing special.

We take a stroll back through the East London markets and soak in its multi-cultural ethnic mix and the suburbs vibrancy. You know you’ve hit hipster hood when there are more barbers offering men’s hair cuts and face shaves than women’s hairdressers. It’s evident why this is London’s hipster capital, somewhat similar to the areas of Fitzroy and Brunswick.

We jump on the underground back to West Brompton to off load our shopping and get organized for a fun night on Shaftesbury Avenue at a West End show.

We arrive at the Lyric theatre late as usual but just in time for the show start.

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A couple of excited tourists

I scored some outstanding tickets on a cheap website a couple of months back so we are seated a few rows from the front and bang on to the centre of the stage, the seats were almost as good as the seats I sat in at Michael Jacksons 1996 History tour to Melbourne ~ I guess nothing will beat that tour #RIPMJ.

The thriller show blew our minds, so much talent on one stage. The crowd was even included in the show and the whole theatre was absolutely pumping, everyone was up dancing. Any MJ lovers out there should take a trip to London, just for this. It’s that good!!

As we leave the theatre, Lout a good family friend from back home is waiting for us. I had a laugh when he recalled my love for Michael Jackson, reminding me that I collected every news column published about MJ after I attending his concert ~ a slight obsession there maybe…

We stop at Maison Bertaeux, London’s oldest French patisserie, with a bunch of works going on out the front we don’t get a true view of this stunning little building, we do head inside but only offered take away as it’s quite late and this cute little bake house wants to go nighty night.

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Inside Maison Bertaeux,

We head off to the West end for a drink and a good catch up. I mentioned to Lout that his heavily pregnant sister Mags would give birth in a few days – let’s see if I am right.

After a fun night we tube it home, sad that it’s our last night in London but excited for our next stop, Northern Ireland. We see the many similarities between London and Australia and know that we will be back again…

Good Night for the last time this trip London X

Anna Owens is the founder of ownsit! A mama working in Community Development and Partnerships Education. Anna is a colour crazy, creativity enthusiast who loves to design, collect shoes, eat & travel.. x

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