Regina Arriola’s Travel Diary: Arriving in London

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As I was making my way from Heathrow Airport to Holborn, where my flat is in London, I wondered what kind of impression the city would have on me. I had read London’s Luxe City Guide cover to cover before arriving, and I was anxious to delve into the city. For the rest of the day after I checked into the Citadines Apart’Hotel, I walked what seemed to be the entire city.

My first stop, of course, was Harrod’s. To call it a department store would not be doing it justice. Harrod’s is a museum.  The most impressive part of the store was the “Willy Wonka-esque” chocolate and candy factory. With every fudge, jellybean, and macaroon flavor imaginable, you would be sure to satisfy any craving. Being that it is Spring/Summer sale season in stores, I did not spend much time at Harrod’s. The overwhelming heard of people clouded my instinct to shop a sale. As I was exiting the store, I noticed a striking Arab woman dressed impeccably. She doned a traditional black hijab, and paired it with sky high, cobalt blue heels and Chanel’s Extra Large Reissue handbag in brown crocodile skin. What a way to work with what she’s got! This was when I realized that in London style is brave, and a bit dangerous.

Following Harrod’s, I stopped into Soho House, where in Miami I often spend much of my time. Just as I had imagined, London’s Soho House is charming and lavish. The rooftop terrace overlooks a very quaint and bustling area, on the corner of Greek and Old Compton. From the terrace, a Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant situated across the street from the House caught my eye. At Maison Touareg I noshed on delicious samboussek, cinnamon vegetarian cous cous, and a traditional Moroccan salad of tomatoes onions and peppers. The restaurant and lounge also offers an extensive wine and sheesha menu. The cuisine and setting was a fantastic end to my very first day in London. I can hardly wait for what tomorrow might bring. Cheers!

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