London is an intricate labyrinth of lanes both old and new that draw you in with colorful buildings and beautiful patterns. I loved weaving my way through these historic streets and seeing centuries pass before my eyes.
Of all the streets, my three favorites were Camden Market, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus. Camden Market was overflowing with people and vendors. There was a myriad of shops of every sort, from shoe stores to tourist shops to book vendors and Middle Eastern kiosks. There was one place that exclusively sold cereals with fancy milk and mix-in choices. Each lane led from one to the other, and I wandered around wondering if I would ever find my way out (I did, if you were curious).
The next day we stopped at Covent Garden, where Apple Hall and Jubilee Market Hall is located. Jubilee Market is an empty enclosure abounding in various vendors. Each vendor has a table to display their wares. Most of the goods appeared to be antiques, and as I gazed upon these shining treasures I reveled at their age and history. Apple Hall was filled with street performers and fancy tourist shops with chocolates, lollies and tiny toy soldiers. In another hall nearby we had our afternoon tea and listened to violinists carry us through the highs and woes of life with their frenzied and impassioned performance.
We finished off that day in Piccadilly Circus, which is probably the most famous shopping district in London. We entered into an overabundance of bookstores, carrying every book imaginable. My favorite store was Cath Kidson, a British brand of flowers and everything cute and happy in the world. If it weren’t for the high prices, I would’ve bought everything in the store on the spot.
You can't go far without seeing another interesting street or store that beckons you in. Just make sure you don't get lost, because the city is quite big!