Buckingham Palace

London SW1A 1AA, UK

Buckingham Palace is home to the reigning United Kingdom Monarch. The palace is often the setting for state affairs and royal events. When the British flag is raised above the palace it means Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is not in the residence. If the flag is not visible and the guards are carrying a red background regimental flag, Her Majesty is in the residence.   

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Brixton Village & Market Row

Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PD

In the past, Brixton was known as an area to avoid in South London. However, with trendy shops and cafes flourishing like flowers the last stop on the southbound Victoria line has become a must for market goers and brunch fanatics.

Located in the heart of the Brixton Market, Brixton Village remains a well-hidden gem.  The village occupies an old extension of the Brixton tube station and making for a range of elaborate and vintage architecture.  The village is filled with crepe houses, burger joints, and cafes that serve variations of a tradiontal English breakfast. If ever venturing through South London, the Brixton Village is a sight for sore eyes. 

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SHOPPING ON OXFORD ST. IN LONDON’S WEST END

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Bo Derek

I thought I was a certified shopaholic up until five days ago. No shopping mall, outlet, or Galleria I have ever been to comes close in comparison to Oxford Street. It is in a class by itself and best described as a beautiful chaos. There are people, taxis, and double-decker buses everywhere, coming from all corners, and at all speeds. London is very tedious about recycling and as a result shopping bags usually cost extra. To avoid paying for bags, people travel with their own plastic or cloth bags. However, on Oxford Street, people shop so much that they have to bring suitcases with them in order to carry everything. (Yes! Actual luggages!)

Amongst all the craziness Oxford Street is a shopping heaven of nothing but stores. Big stores, small stores. Designer stores, boutiques. More than often you will see the same store several times! There are THREE Zara stores on Oxford Street, all within a five-minute walk of each other and all equal in size! What I personally love the most is that the stores mimic the London style. London style is so eccentric that a lot of the store and boutique pieces are unique and hardly anything is sold in bulk. Anyone who enjoys a good sale, loves designer bags, and gorgeous flats should visit Oxford Street at least once in their lifetime.