Last Sunday, I woke up at the crack of dawn to hop on a coach to the capital city. My best friend Holly (who you've probably seen in previous day trip posts such as Besties Take Brighton) and I were desperate to have a festive day up in London and finally set a date. We started off in Notting Hill - I'd never been but loved the film (hello walking cliché) so thought it would be nice to start our morning wandering through Portobello Road Market and buying beautiful silver jewellery that we definitely didn't need. We then headed over to Harrods which was a particularly stressful experience - I can't say I'd recommend going to one of the busiest stores in the world two weeks before Christmas on a Sunday! - before heading to the festive motherland; Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland.
The Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park
My OOTD: Grey faux fur gilet - Select, gold sequin jumper - Primark, fairisle scarf - market, black jeans - Topshop, grey knee high boots - Phase Eight, black handbag - Primark
Holly's OOTD: Beige hat - H&M, black coat - ASOS, faux fur stole - Accessorize, plum jeans - Topshop, black over the knee boots - Next, black leopard print handbag - Clarks
Lastly I've taken a photo of the jewellery I bought on Portobello Road. Aside from the moonstone ring in the centre, all of the jewellery was purchased from markets at the top of the street. The stone bangle was £20 (down from £35, you've got to love a good haggle), whilst the rings were £20 for the two (originally £16 for the star ring and £12 for the love plate ring). I could have dropped a financial bomb on those markets, they definitely saw me coming with all of their sparkly jewels!
If you're into individual silver pieces I would highly recommend heading down to Notting Hill, and if you're a festive fiend like me you have to visit Winter Wonderland! I was expecting it to be really commercialised and expensive but the atmosphere was so exciting and happy and we had a particularly euphoric moment during our ferris wheel ride when they played Coldplay's Christmas Lights - see my Instagram @laurenjadepike for evidence!
Have you been to Portobello Road Market or Winter Wonderland? I'd love to hear any of your Christmas hotspot recommendations!
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