Jessica’s Love Letter to London
This month’s guest love letter comes from my long time friend, Jessica. We grew up together with a strong shared love of literature, theatre, and all things British. Definitely a kindred spirit. I’m so happy for y’all to meet her.
For many years I dreamed about visiting you. I imagined what London life would entail. Your double decker buses, your bridges, your little black cabs. Your people; the accents, the humor, the culture. Your stately homes and palaces, your cathedrals, your history. A life-long dream that was confined to television and movies, novels, and history books. A true Anglophile at heart, I longed for the day when I would step foot upon the tiny group of islands known as the United Kingdom.
This past summer, that dream became a reality. And oh, how you didn’t disappoint.
I remember my first full day in London; stepping out of Westminster station and turning around to see Big Ben looming in the background. I thought my heart would stop beating. There are so many memories I’ll forever cherish:
Walking across your many bridges and viewing the muddy Thames River.
Taking a river cruise across the Thames and viewing the iconic Tower Bridge for the first time. You took my breath away.
Mingling with people in the Borough Market. I could have spent hours there, sampling goat’s milk ice cream and different flavored chutneys; conversing with the merchants and disovering a whole new way of life.
Walking down the famous Portobello Road, with vendor after vendor lined up with handmade felt purses, knitted hats, and vintage leather jackets.
Strolling through Hyde Park, a fairytale oasis inside the middle of your bustling city.
Attending a West End play of Romeo & Juliet in the country of its origin, and sitting just a few feet away from its incredible actors – Lily James, Richard Madden, and Derek Jacobi.
Visiting unique pubs and eating a most-anticipated Sunday roast for dinner.
Experiencing firsthand your world-famous sites, such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Trafalgar Square and The Tower of London.
You offer so many people so many things, and yet you make experiences so unique for each individual.
And so, I conclude this letter; not with an air of melancholy, but with a smile on my face. You are forever a part of me, and I of you. Although we may be thousands of miles apart, you remain in my heart. We may say “farewell” to each other for now, but I know in the depths of my soul there will be many happy returns in the near future. Until then, I’ll see you in my dreams.
Jessica is a Southern girl who loves movies, books, pop culture, and floral design. She is also a lover of all things British and Japanese, and a self-proclaimed Pinterest queen. Visit her blog at www.bohemiandistrict.wordpress.com