I see London, I see France, I see the Queen’s Underpants !!

Mar 23

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Not too big, not too small, just the size of Montreal.

The Queen’s knickers, that is.

Okay. Okay.  I lie like a rug.

I saw London.

I didn’t see France.

Thank Gawd I didn’t see her Majesty’s underpants.

My bet is that she has a bedazzled thong throne.

Oh please Lordy Lord Lord oh Lordy, don’t tell the Queen I talked about her knickers.

 I’d be royally screwed.

Excuse the pun.

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Psssstt….This isn’t a real blog post.

 It’s a travel journey and you are coming on a wee hop skip and jump to London, UK.

I thought you may enjoy a trip down London lane.

A little break from it all.

Travel changes things up, doesn’t it?  Need a change in perspective?  Travel.  Need to take a breather ?  Travel.  Need to realize that your own big problems are actually small in the big scheme of things?  Travel.   Need a change of focus and a chance to recharge your batteries? Travel.

Hit the reset button.

TRAVEL.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Travel can even mean taking a trip down the road.  It can mean a trip to a friend’s house.

Do it.

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  Take the time for YOU.

Don’t have the time or resources for a jet plane?  No probs.

We can travel together on the blog.

Ready ?

Your trip to London is about to begin.

TRAVEL : London England | Best Travel tips for London | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

It’s an awesome place to travel to.

Why?

The English language is blooming marvelous.

Because even when the English say….

bugger off you dim wit,

or

don’t get your knickers in a knot

what a load of rubbish 

sod off  

you cheeky bugger 

or

I’m absolutely buggered….

it all just sounds great.

Those words can make a road trip ~ EPIC fun.  Ready to roll on your trip?

The first stop : The W Hotel at Leicester Square.

TRAVEL : London England | Best Travel tips for London | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Wooohooo !!! That hotel rocks out loud.  I left there kicking and screaming and hanging on to the chandelier.  I can’t believe they made me leave.  I pitched a fit and had a temper tantrum leaving.  I could live in that hotel.   Permanently.

Love #Bliss products ! The W Hotel in London UK. Great stuff. Very James Bond-ish !

Reality sucks when you have to go home and make your own bed.

~ And ~

I want a chambermaid.  Every day.

Only if they spoke to me with an English accent and taught me English potty mouth.

 Jolly lovely.

Almost as lovely as the hotel lounge …..

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Another reason to travel to London : The pubs.

D’best.

 

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I discovered this site before I travelled : Visit Britain. It was pretty cool.  Did you know that you can rent a portable mobile hotspot for use in the UK ?  Brilliant !!!

If you have ever paid data roaming charges you will know exactly what I am talking about.  Data roaming bites.  Data roaming costs just suck it.  Don’t do data roaming.  It is all wrong.  You will need a second mortgage to pay for it.  Use wi-fi or rent a wee mobile hotspot to use for your phone or laptop.  It’s fab.

In the UK, the device is called TEP.

   WiFi in your pocket.  What a fan-tab-ulous idea.  If only I could fit a box of chocolates in my pocket.  That would be the best travel accessory evvvvvha.

Or mashed potatoes.

The ultimate comfort food.

…..And….

Anything with the word PIE or GRAVY is an automatic bestie.

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 Add the word KIDNEY and I am outta there.

Steak and Kidney pie.

What the what what?

Ewwwwh.

Tea, clotted cream and scones…

Come to momma.

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Btw’s…

Look who is hanging out at the Tower of London.

How epic cool is this fella?…..

Who knew that chicken wire could be so funky ?

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Are you ready to wander around the Tower of London ?  Here we go.   Just breathe in the history.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t get absorbed into British history until I read Philippa Gregory.  Philippa Gregory has been described as the master chronicler of British royal history.  I would describe her as having an epic talent for taking boring history and turning it into sexy romantic story telling.

Normally, the word history just makes me want to yawn.  A big ugly yawn.  Not anymore.  I was hooked after reading The Other Boleyn Girl.  Then I fell head over heels in love with The Boleyn Inheritance and lost myself in The Constant Princess (Boleyn).

As a kid, history class was always the best place to catch a nap.  Philippa’s books changed my view about history.  Not one yawn.

Her books will have you lost in a world of Kings and Queens and all their raunchiness between the stone walls.

Her stories make you feel like you are standing in the Tower of London feeling the pain of a Queen preparing for a beheading.  She takes you into a journey that is passionate and real.  It is like Downton Abbey on steroids.  Sexy ones.  The kind where you find yourself living amongst the Kings and Queens and you don’t want to leave.  With or without your head.

Do you think Philippa would be flabbergasted to see this fella with poor posture at the Tower of London?  Awhhh,  maybe he was knackered ?

What a silly old sausage.

 

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I hope the Queen doesn’t find out that he is looking a bit daft.

Actually, I don’t blame him.

It would take serious concentration to avert the eyes from nutty tourists dancing about trying to distract him.

Yup.  Good luck with that.

Royal concentration minus the Royal stance.

Note to self : Do not strip naked in front of the guards.  You will not get a reaction.

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The old and the new.

Modern art mixed amongst the Tower walls.

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London… you are pretty.

TRAVEL : London England | Best Travel tips for London | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

 

TRAVEL : London England | Best Travel tips for London | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

 

LONDON 

Full of simple beauty.

Full of naked characters ~ perched with bow and arrow.

CUPID

What a fella.

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LONDON 

 Eye candy.

Stunning architecture.

Gorgeous admiration.

Inspiring awe.

 Even flag gorgeousness.

This city will wet your whistle with its awesomeness.

 

TRAVEL : London England | Best Travel tips for London | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

 The designer in me had my mind wandering with ideas.

Telephone booths in London are so gorgeous.

Yet useless now.

Who needs a phone booth?

Who doesn’t have a mobile?

Who doesn’t need a washroom break?

I personally think the phone booths would be great as converted public potties.

Practical idea minus the dreaded complication of attaching a septic tank. LOL.

Our bladders would smile though, wouldn’t they?

Replace the glass panes with mirror panes.

Bob’s your uncle.

Done.

Pretty.

I know what you are thinking.  She is a dim wit.

Okay.  Keep thinking.  Maybe we can collectively come up with a designer idea for the phone booths of London.

Mobile charging stations?

Magazine stand?

Hmmm….

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 Are you dreaming up some ideas?

Hop to it…. Share with sugar bear.

Cheerio !

 

Lynne

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  1. lynneknowlton

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    March 23rd, 2013 at 6:54 am

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  6. drewtremblay

    March 23rd, 2013 at 6:59 am

    @lynneknowlton thanks! I am going in June and this gave me a glimpse of what a great place it is! One place i’ll go also is #AbbeyRoad

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  12. Shannon

    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Brilliant piece! The last time I was in London the weather was so bad, I hopped a flight to Dublin. Go Aer Lingus! Gotta get back to London, you have inspired me 🙂

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Funny you should say that Shannon ! The weather was super rainy but I didn’t care. It was still totally fun.

    A flight to Dublin sounds awesome !! Dublin is on my bucket list. The next time you do that, I want to jump in your suitcase ! 🙂

    If you go back to London, check out this restaurant http://www.barrafina.co.uk/?page_id=9. It is a tapas restaurant and it was FAB FAB FAB !!

    Lynne xx

  14. lynneknowlton

    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:24 am

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    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:25 am

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  19. Janet

    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have a degree in history (mainly British) so am happy to hear you have a new view of the stories of our ancestors – that’s what history IS!! Teachers who make it boring need a kick in the patootie 😉
    Glad you had such a good time. Next on my list is Scotland. I’ve always wanted to go but just haven’t yet. The photo opportunities alone make me excited!
    PS – I’m totally telling the Queen on you.

  20. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Janet !!
    Let’s plan a guuurls road trip to SCOTLAND ! And holy smack dab you have a degree in History? The wonders about you never cease to amaze me. You are ahhhmazeballs.
    Go read Philippa. You will LOVE her. Love her to bits. xx

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    March 23rd, 2013 at 11:27 am

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  25. Sandi

    March 23rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    giggle! And the fabulous shoes those Brit’s wear!

  26. Lynne Knowlton

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Ha ! Hello Ms Sandi !!!!
    …. The gal with the most gorgeous shoes in the UK ! Let’s go back and buy some more. The next time, we are only shopping with each other. No boys allowed. LOL ! xx

  27. Pamela

    March 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like you had great fun! Those fellas in your first picture does not look amused. Amazing photos though!

  28. Lynne Knowlton

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    haha ! Those fellas had a serious face on foooshur! Serious business ~ it is, it is. LOL. x

  29. movita beaucoup

    March 23rd, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    One day, I will organize a tour of cool places, and we will go along with some other cool interweb folk. We will eat things that are mashed and slathered with gravy. We will stop at every bakery. We will be at one with carbs. It. Will. Be. Awesome.

  30. Lynne Knowlton

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Should I confess that you just made me drool ? Mashed, slathered in gravy …. a bakery & foodie road trip…. carbalicious… sounds like heaven on earth to me.

    We need a Canadian bloggers road trip ! Kim would LOVE it too !! Let’s get a caravan sponsor. Oh hells yeah !

  31. Nikki

    March 24th, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I love the way you see the beautiful in everything.

  32. Lynne Knowlton

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ahhh thannks Nikk-ster ! And I know you…xx….you are the same way. You just made me MISS YOU all over again. {hugs}

  33. lynneknowlton

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for taking a bloggy trip down London Lane with me 🙂 @bubbleoffcentre #London rocks out loud http://t.co/FtXARwxAQa

  34. bubbleoffcentre

    March 24th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    @lynneknowlton my pleasure, lynne – it was a great trip! 🙂

  35. Jamie Billings

    March 24th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’ll be visiting England in about a month & a half!!! Perfect timing. P.S. Kidney = ewwww

  36. Jackie Humphrey

    March 24th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Uhm, Jealous!

  37. Lynne Knowlton

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    LOL Jackie. Me too. I want to go back. STAT. I just need to learn how to have that gorgeous accent. I’m a Canadian. We bugger those words. haha! How about you? Where are you from ?

    Cheers !
    Lynne

  38. lisa thomson

    March 24th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What a great post, Lynne! I’ve added London to my Travel Dreams on Pinterest with your pic. As usual i’m late to the party, but so enjoyed this little travelogue. Wish we could go have a beer together at the authentic English pub 🙂

  39. Lynne Knowlton

    March 25th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    You did ? Well I am going to your pinterest page and traveling with you too. I’d have a beer with you any ol’ day 🙂
    Here’s to happy travels !
    Cheers !
    Lynne x

  40. kellie@foodtoglow

    March 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Great clicks. You are mad as a box of frogs (a popular saying) and chuffin’ brill (a Scottish one thrown in for good measure). Glad you enjoyed your trip to our fair ilse (or green and pleasant land, as we like to call it). Next time you are over to London, stay at The Hoxton. You would love it, and it is a damn sight cheaper than any of the W’s :More money for scones and beer(not together, obvs) 😀

  41. Lynne Knowlton

    March 25th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    What a hoot Kellie ! “mad as a box of frogs” LOVE THAT ONE ! And when I get my road trip to Scotland we will be chuffin’ brill together 🙂

    Thanks for the hot tip on the hotel ! I like to save my nickels for beer and scones ~ Not at the same time. LOL. xx

  42. Alex @ northstory

    March 26th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    This is definitely on my To Do list before I croak! Amazing!!! All of it!

  43. Lynne Knowlton

    March 28th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    If you go to London before you croak, I’m coming with you. We can eat steak and (not kidney) pie, drink some strong stuff, stare at the guards with serious eye balls, and have the wind blow through our hair on top of a double decker bus. Deal ? Deal.

  44. Tiffany

    April 6th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Glad you enjoyed your trip Lynne! And thanks for the usual splendid recap. I’m hanging on to this one for laughs this morning. “I left there kicking and screaming and hanging on to the chandelier.” And who couldn’t use a chambermaid right?! xo Cheers!

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  48. Annie Kip

    December 2nd, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I call it “new inputs” – we all need ’em and most of the time we have to do something totally out of the regular, ordinary, everyday to get ’em! It is so easy to just stay at home. I love home. But I love when I leave and get new inputs. Awesome hotels are my fav!!!! thanks for the great tour!

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    June 15th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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