I recently went up to London for a weekend away and had the best time.
I stayed with a friend in Fulham who is pretty creative; she works as an embroiderer for Ralph and Russo (a huge designer brand) and I was thrown into a more sophisticated lifestyle then I normally lead.
Lunch at Megans – 571 King’s Road
We went for brunch at Megans, which is a small café that you could easily walk past.
However, inside it is basically a fairy land. The walls are covered in flowers and lights and the antique furniture is just something out of a movie. The lunch menu consists of many types of salad and healthy smoothies.
I myself opted for some grilled haloumi and roasted veg. I wish I took a picture because it was delicious. The prices were all under £20 – which was pretty reasonable for such a pretty place!
We went to see Nocturnal Animals; it has Jake Gyllenhaal in it. Need I say more? It is a very artsy movie directed by Tom Ford. If I had to describe it in one word – it would be mindfuck. It is shot beautifully and is just magnificent and it follows the story of a guy who writes a violent book and sends it to his ex-wife. The scenes are harshly cut from one to the other, yet somehow this movie flows beautiful. It is one of those you may have to watch a few times, but so worth it.
We went to see this in Westfield – which is a huge shopping centre in London, with food courts and a cinema. They had decorated it for Christmas with fairy lights dangling from the ceiling and it just felt magical.
Southbank winter festival
A colony of Christmas stalls spread out along the beautiful water. It was gorgeous and had total winter vibes. There were exotic food stalls and hot chocolates everywhere. Basically everything you’d want from a Christmas market. It was ram packed with both tourists and Londoners, all enjoying the cosy winter atmosphere.
So I was dragged along to a vintage store on Munster road. It was my first experience in such a place and it was just something else. Rows of fur coats and leather bags, beautiful and yet, I couldn’t help but feel sad for all the dead animals. I felt like I was betraying my cat just by being there.
Whilst I watched my friend buy an overly expensive fur coat, I could not justify doing the same. However, I did pick up some beautiful goodies: super cute tan lace up boots, two pairs of vintage earrings and a ring that could knock out a boxer.
All in all, it was a more refined lifestyle then I usually live.
Brunch at Megans made me feel like I was in a movie, with all the gorgeous decorations and very posh looking people. Watching an artsy movie definitely made me feel more educated and adult-like. Even if it did confuse me. The vintage shop was my favourite, I felt like someone else completely. The furs made me feel royal and the experience was just exceptional.
The whole weekend has without a doubt changed my outlook on life. I am more open-minded to doing things that are out of my comfort zone and trying new things.
Sufficient to say, it was a nice change. However, I do prefer my peasant-like lifestyle much more. I came back pretty broke and educated. As much as I enjoyed the weekend, I was pretty happy to get into my H&M PJs and watch trashy romcoms to get back to feeling like myself.
Mitta is a 24 year old from the UK, she is Indian, Muslim and technically Brazilian. She loves loves loves to read and is obsessed with cats. Check out her poetry on @mt-1992.
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