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Adventures in Spitalfield

To market I go...

sunny 65 °F

When in doubt on what to do in a new place, just ask the locals. In particular, ask those who look like they know how to have a good time. This morning, I got several hours off from work to go explore on my own. At breakfast I asked the server for some ideas and he sent me to Old Spitalfields Market. Without a listing in my guidebook and with no indications on the tourist map, this hidden gem wasn’t meant for tourists. Here local clothing designers introduce their chic designs at a low price while trying to make it big on the London fashion scene. In addition, every imaginable food and product is sold here. I spent the morning visiting with locals and capturing their products.


The rest of the day was spent exploring many areas, but primarily theTower of London and Convent Gardens. Although somewhat touristy, Covent Gardens played with all the senses. From live music, street performances, and dozens of restaurants one could easily stay for all afternoon. But it was the Tower of London’s crown jewels stole the show this afternoon. With the largest glittering cut diamond in the world, you easily become mesmerized by the beauty. That is until the moving sidewalk pulls you forward. With such large crowds and a tremendously long line, the crown jewels are a short lived experience for the sake of necessity. Crowd control is at peak performance during the summer months, but on a day like today, you can easily circle back around and enjoy the glittering display all over again.


Today is Mother’s Day, so cheers to all the amazing moms out there!

Posted by Jennylynn 13:37 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged tourist_sites

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