2 Days in London

Well it's official.....we are allowed to stay in the UK for another year! Yay!! I would have been super sad if they didn't let us. Anyway, I don't know why we were only given 1 year visas but we went to have them renewed and everything went fine. I expected the UK Visa process to be interesting but really it was rather uneventful. They are very organized and everything went very smoothly.

Since we were in London on a Friday to get our visas renewed, we decided to make a night of it. After a full day at the visa office (it is a simple process but it does take about 3 hours) we headed to our hotel in Finchley. We stayed at the Glenlyn Guest House due to high prices in London for the weekend, and while it isn't my style of hotel it did the job and was close to a tube station.

We decided to go to Camden for the night since it was only a few stops away and let me tell you, we had a BLAST. Camden is very eclectic and far from pretentious. If you ever visit, go to these three bars, in this order:

Brew Dog
Originating in Scotland, this pub is the perfect place to start the night if you are a beer lover. I started with the Russian Doll flight and it was delicious. Yummy beers paired with incredibly unhealthy but delicious, and seemingly southern foods, you can't go wrong. Try the Fried Green Tomato Burger before the menu changes! Ranked #7 out of 1177 nightlife choices in London on TripAdvisor...you can't go wrong here!


The Blues Kitchen
Had we known how cool this place was, we would have made a reservation so we could have sat and enjoyed the music! We arrived around 9:45 and stood and waited for the live band to start at 10:30. While they were really great, we couldn't bring ourselves to continue paying 5.50 for Flying Dog bottled beers ($9 for an American Beer). Definitely would return for a fun night out!

World's End Pub
This pub was a cool place to end the night. From what I can remember, the music was perfect. A stream of Jimi Hendrix, Creedance, Rolling Stones, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin made for a great soundtrack. Look up the history of this pub...pretty darn interesting, and scary.

Natural History Museum
The next morning, after discovering the Northern Line was closed, we eventually made our way down to the Natural History Museum and spent the day perusing the different zones and the many, many rocks. This is a great way to spend a few hours in London for free!


After the Natural History Museum, we crossed the street to check out the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is also a freebie. Viewing the Raphael pieces make a trip to this museum totally worth it. The room is pretty amazing.


The two days we had in London were complete bliss. Good beer, good music, being silly and wandering around famous museums. Oh and getting approved for another year in England. I mean what's better than that??

But honestly....why would they not want these two awesome people for another year? (yes, this was on the last tube home)


Happy Friday y'all!!


31 comments

  1. I only wish my visa process was smooth and uneventful! At one point in time they "misplaced" my application. Haha, I hold a real grudge for that! But it looks like you had a great few days! x

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    1. Oh man...that's a bummer!! How could they do that?! Ok I feel lucky now!

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  2. Glad it went smoothly! That's good to know, too, because I'm just entering the visa process now and after dealing with the American process when my (English) hubby came to the states... was a nightmare, and part of the reason we decided to move over here instead. I love natural history museums, so I'm totally jealous, and I remember going to the V&A - such a great museum, especially for costume history.

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  3. Yay for your visa being approved! And the NAtional Museum looks awesome, I will have to visit next time I am in London.

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  4. Can you imagine wearing that dress!! I would think you had to have a lot of class, poise and balance to look graceful in it! Ha! Congrats on another year!!

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  5. Congrats on staying another year in the UK!!

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  6. Yay for another year in the UK!! What a great London day. I love Brewdog :)

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  7. Congratulations! We're still waiting to hear on Ed's visa...

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  8. When I studied abroad in London, I lived in Chelsea/ South Ken just around the corner from the V&A and the Natural History Museum. They are both awesome (as is the Science Museum,too!)--your pictures make me want to go back to London SOOOO badly! (And just out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the hotel?)

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  9. Ive heard the US process is a lot worse! It went very smoothly for us...even got some shopping in while we were waiting for approval ;)

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  10. I would be so clumsy!!! I want to see someone try!

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  11. Thanks! Good luck with yours! Fingers crossed!

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  12. Oh I would love to live down there next to all of the museums! The hotel was fine, just a really basic 3 star....old and small. But, perfect when everything else is ridiculously expensive!

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  13. Congratulations! I'm glad the visa process went smoothly for you. I'm visiting from the Daily Diaries link-up and really like your blog!

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  14. Congratulations on being able to stay in the UK for another year and nice photo's :)

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  15. Congrats on getting to stay! Yay! I'm beyond jealous that the UK is on top of their visa game. Getting that stuff done in Spain is a hot mess!

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  16. Ah congrats! your visa process sounds so much easier than mine haha! Every time I'm in London I find myself completely absorbed by the museum! Although last time I went I was so tired - I went to the two museums you mentioned and don't remember seeing half this stuff... oops

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  17. Yay!! :) Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you're going to be able to explore the UK for another year. Looks like you had a fantastic time in London.. much more fun than I had during my trip. I think I need to give London another shot. We love beer so brew dogs looks like a great place for us.. and is world's end pub the same one in the movie with simon pegg?

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  18. Yes, give it another try! I definitely had to.....London can be so crazy and busy, but this past trip was perfect! And no, it's not the same as the Simon Pegg movie.....but I have to watch this movie, looks hilarious :)

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  19. I love the museums....I could stay all day! Do you remember the dinosaurs? We didn't get to see them....they were being 'cleaned' :/

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  20. Oh I bet! Yeah, I think I might be lucky for having it so easy. However, they messed mine up in the states before coming over here so I have had my share of yucky visa stuff!

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  21. Congratulations!!! This is fantastic news!

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  22. Congrats on getting your visa renewed! Those museums look beautiful.
    By the way, has anybody ever told you that you look like Lucy Hale? You remind me of her so much!

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  23. I'm so envious of your time at Brew Dog! I haven't had a proper beer in such a long time! The Natural History Museum looks amazing! Right up my alley! Hooray for one more year!

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  24. Thanks!! I haven't heard that one yet....I used to get Mila Kunis in high school (which was a LONG time ago) and a few others!

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  25. We loved Brew Dog....their beers were delicious!

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