Updated with winners below
My family and I just returned from a trip to three unbelievably wonderful cities: London, Venice and Paris. I have traveled to Italy before, but prior to this trip, had not visited any other European countries. We had a fantastic time.
My London highlights:
On the beaten path: The Tower of London. I highly recommend taking the Beefeater’s tour. Learned a lot about executions (both the public and private variety) and saw the famed crown jewels.
Off the beaten path: World’s End boutique. This shop is Vivienne Westwood’s and contains some of her really cool (albeit expensive) clothing/accessories. That’s not why I loved it though. It is also the former site of the store, SEX, which was opened by Westwood and the recently deceased, Malcolm McLaren in 1971. It was in this store that John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) auditioned for the Sex Pistols and where rock icons such as Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Sid Vicious of the aforementioned Sex Pistols worked as sales clerks. We spent a good 30 minutes in the store chatting with the store manager–who liked to gossip. The building and decor has changed very little in the past 39 years which made imagining what it must have been like back in the early days of punk rock, very easy.
Food: We really didn’t go out of our way to find good food in London and as a result didn’t. Next time.
Accomodations: Loved the Lanesborough Hotel. Conveniently located on Hyde Park Corner, it was the perfect place to stay. When on vacation, we prefer to walk and much of what we wanted to visit was within walking distance of the hotel. The staff, including Colin the concierge who sounded just like Bob Hoskins, were friendly and informative. My only complaint? They didn’t tell us it was the Queen who was coming to dinner.
The only real downside to London was the weather. We had rain almost every day. Cold rain.
I brought back some uniquely British treats to share with a few lucky blog readers.
It is difficult to tell in this photo, but I am giving away the following: Three tea caddies from London’s Finest Teas–English Breakfast, Afternoon and Earl Grey, Toffee from the British Collection, Wilkins & Sons preserves– strawberry, orange marmalade and black currant and a really fun Tea Towel that features her highness herself as shown on the 20 pound note.
Here’s what you have to do to be eligible for the random drawing:
Leave a comment on which of these items you’d like to win and why. Or leave a tip about travel to London. Or, if you really want to be creative, leave the name of a song that contains the word “London” in the title.
Tweet a link to this post and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know about your Tweet.
You don’t have to do all of the above but if you do, you’ll be entered four times. I am going to select four winners using the random number generator and will give the items out as they are listed above–teas first, tea towel last. Good luck!
Updated I usually respond to comments that are made on my blog but did not want my posts to mess this up, so I tried to refrain–it was tough! The one comment I made was removed from the count. Without further ado…
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
6 1 9 10
Timestamp: 2010-04-15 12:12:20 UTC
Which means: Whaletraveled (6) got the tea, Tommy F. (1) won the toffee, connie tolentino (9) will be getting the preserves and San Diego Momma (10) your are the owner of the highly coveted tea towel! Please e-mail, send me message on FB, or Tweet me your addresses! Congrats!