How to Make the Most of a Weekend in England – Part 1

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There is a misconception that certain destinations can only be “done” with a certain amount of time. London in a weekend may sound absurd, but trust me, I’ll show you how easy it is! 

I once met a couple who didn’t want to go to Hawaii for their honeymoon because they felt eight days was too short for such a long journey. I’m still shaking my head at them. 

Although there are a million reasons to love this city, I had my heart set on a specific to-do list. It started with tea – I’m very particular when it comes to tea. So when I discovered I was on my last bag of Harrods earl grey, the alarm bells went off. Time to go to London!

That’s not all. My dads birthday is next week and I have no way of procuring his favourite scotch. And my mum has run out of her coveted Cadbury’s Buttons. I see no way out of this. 

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So here I am, on the Tube. It’s 7am London local and I feel tired as f#&*! but I’ve got a packed schedule so it’s off to Costa Coffee for my second “red eye” of the day. I finished work at 4pm and rushed to the airport and caught the 6:30pm to London. It conveniently found me at Heathrow by 6:30am, and London central (via the Piccadilly line) by 8am. Perfect, just in time for breakfast.

Granger and Co. 

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One of the benefits of having studied in the UK is that I have many friends in-and-around the London area. So whenever I’m transiting through, I make it a point to meet up with friends from my past life as a student. It always amazes me how refreshing these little rendezvous are – what better way to get out of your claustrophobic head space and remember just how different things can be on the other side of an ocean.

I met up with a friend at a little place called Granger and Co., just about the only place outside St. Pancras Station open at this ungodly hour on a Saturday.

We brunched and drank coffee before she went off to Oxford for the day. When we parted ways, I made my way to St. Pancras station to begin the adventure that would be my weekend in the English countryside. 

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In my opinion, Searcys is the place to be in St Pancras Station. Located on the upper promenade of the station, this famous Belle Epoque Parisian-style champagne bar let’s you sip your favourite brut while listening to the electric hum of the Eurostar roar on out onward to Lille, Paris and beyond.

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It may only be 10am, but there is a feeling of celebration in the air. Here I am with 3000 miles between here and my life back home, seeing old friends. Knowing there is an ocean between myself and the stresses of home, I think that calls for a glass of Bollinger…

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(“gandco” image courtesy of Granger & Co London) (Searcys images 1,3,4 courtesy of Searcys St Pancras Grand)

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