Thursday, 7 March 2013

February Favourites

Starting up a magazine collection.

Sweet sign spotted in London.

Not so sweet comic sans sign spotted in London.

One of Garvy's many pieces of graffiti in his room!

Double rainbow on valentines morning!

Fuelling Garvy's CZJ addiction.

Fuelling Garvy's other addictions...

Tourist in my own City: A very Sherlock day.

So on Tuesday, I set off in to West London, primarily to get my phone replaced at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, but also to have a bit of an adventure!

So I jumped on the Piccadilly line at Oakwood and got out my trusty copy of American Psycho to read because I'm not cool enough to have a Kindle. I got off at Covent Garden instead of walking from Leicester Square as I usually do because it was about half 12 and a Tuesday, therefore I didn't expect it to be too packed, and I was right! The first thing I did when I got there was go and visit my friend James who is the manager of the Moomin Shop, aka the cutest little shop you will ever find! I then had a little snoop round and took some pictures before I plodded off to the Apple store for my Genius Bar appointment at 1:20pm. Safe to say I had a wonderful time as my 'genius' Will was the spitting image of Matt Smith and I fell in love with him almost instantly.

After having my phone replaced I went and had a cheeky little lunch at Starbucks- Venti Mocha Frappuccino Light and Mozzarella Meatball panini- then set off to have myself a little Sherlock Holmes adventure. Now, if you didn't know, I am absolutely infatuated with the whole Sherlock Holmes franchise, from Arthur Conan-Doyle's originals to Jeremy Brett to the Great Mouse Detective to the Moffat/Gatiss BBC series to Elementary. My first stop was North Gower street, the 'fake 221b', if you will. This location is used in the Moffat/Gatiss BBC series (aka the love of my TV life) and is recognisable from the cutest little cafe ever- Speedy's!

As soon as I saw it I did a little fangirl squeal and may have even shed a tiny tear (don't judge me). Here is a shoddy instagram picture of a very excited me, ft. Speedy's.

Ignore the glazed over eyes, I was having a moment. In case any of you would like to find North Gower street, the closest tube/train stations are Euston or Euston square, pretty easily accessible with only a 3-4 minute walk.

My next stop was the place itself- BAKER STREET! 

Again, I couldn't quite contain my excitement and may have gone a bit overboard in the gift shop. However, it was wonderful and definitely worth a visit, whether you're a classics fan or even a new fan.
This is Hudsons, a cute little restaurant/cafe, obviously based around Mrs Hudson (not your housekeeper...)

And this is the Sherlock Holmes museum, whose address actually is 221b Baker street!
Finally, this is Sherly. I love him.
So that was my day! It kept a smile on my face and made me happier than I've been in a while, which may sound slightly lame, but I don't care. I think Tourist in my own City may be something I will expand on, exploring other parts of London and blogging about it. Let me know what you think!

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