The London Guide

For my job, I get to go to London every six months. I still can’t believe that I get to travel for work. I’ve been quite a few times now and have found myself going to the same places I’ve become familiar with and love every time I’m in town. I wanted to compile a list of my favorites to share with you guys, especially for those of you who are planning to travel to London! If you’ve been to London before leave a comment with some of your favorite places to share with other readers! Enjoy. Xx

Top 10 Favorite Places To Visit in London:

ONE: Dishoom
22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QP, EnglanD

There are six locations and i’ve been to four of them. I’ve been multiple times on one trip because it’s that good!!!! Indian food is my favorite and this is some of the best indian food i’ve ever had. Chicken ruby is a must. House chai is a must. Everything else is also a must. Going here is a must. If you go as soon as dinner starts you’ll be able to sit down pretty quickly, as soon as the dinner rush gets going you could wait for up to an 1 1/2. You can have cocktails while you wait so it’s usually not too bad!

Two: Beigel Bake
159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB, England

Hot Salt Beef Bagels. Need I say more?

You must get it with the pickles and horseradish mustard. Incredible flavor, great price (£4.50). Know what you want once you get to the front and have your cash ready, as the cashiers play no games and wait for no man. There’s been a long line every time i’ve gone but it usually moves really quickly. If the wait is long it will be worth it.

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Three: Hyde Park
London W2 2UH, England

The most beautiful, expansive park. There’s sculptures, statues, art instillations, a cafe, lawn chairs, paddle boats you can rent, and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. There’s also so many species of birds which makes bird watching so much fun here!


Four: MoCaFE Tea room
25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH, England (Mayfair)

This is one of my favorite tea rooms in London, mainly because of the decor and ambiance. They have traditional British tea cakes as well as Moroccan food and treats. This was difficult for me to find the first time I went - It’s located in an alley (Heddon St.) right off of Regent St., next door to the Momo restaurant.


Five: Leyas
20 Camden High Street, London NW1 0JH, England

Favorite brunch and coffee in Camden. So easy, really affordable, and delicious. I always like to get the avo, lemon, chili toast or Leyas Breakfast. They also have sandwiches ready to go, which makes for a quick ‘n easy lunch!


Six: Tate Modern
53 Bankside, London SE1 9TG, England

What I really love about the few museums i’ve been to in London is that the building itself is always so stunning. The Tate Modern is chic and industrial, just seeing the architecture and design is an experience in and of itself. The main museum is free, unless you’re seeing a special exhibit. There’s a couple of cafes you can have a coffee at. If you go up to the top floor you get a view of the city!

Seven: Sketch Gallery
9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, England

Every time that i’ve been to London, i’ve been to Sketch. It’s safe to say I love it. I’ve never had a meal there, just dessert and tea. It’s the most affordable option and you can still go around as well as take photos. The only room you need a reservation for is the David Shrigley Pink Gallery and the minimum price is £50 pounds a head. If you’re looking to go all out that’s your room.

Eight: Bosphorus Kebab
59 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 3JS, UK

There’s kebab on just about every block in London, but this for me was a stand out. It’s a tiny hole in the wall and there isn’t much seating but if you’re alone or with a small group it’s fine! The meat is prepared so quickly and the portions are really good! I shared a plate and was still satisfied in the end. The flavors are incredible and the people that work here are really kind.

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Nine: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK

This is probably on every London tourist list ever made. There’s a reason for that! This museum is stunning! Again, this museum is free unless you’re going to see a special exhibit. Right after having Kebab from Bosphorus, you can hop over to this museum. There’s a really sleek modern addition to the museum with a cafe so you can have a some tea or coffee if you need a break from art gazing.

ten: Dover Street Market
18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG

Five floors of beautiful clothing. Everything from high fashion to streetwear. A few different designers have their own instillations with their clothing - it’s really fascinating to see everyone’s different take on style and art. On the top floor is Rose cafe. Really nice and the staff is always friendly.

getting around the city:

The easiest way i’ve found to get around the city is the public transportation. Tubes and buses. You can get an Oyster card and load it up for however many day’s you’ll be in town and use it for both. The double decker buses are so fun to ride! Uber’s can be so slow during the daytime with all of the traffic and can be really overpriced! They do come in handy for late nights, but there are 24 hr buses as well.

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Photobooths:

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t leave a section specifically for photo booths. You can find them in Ace Hotel, Shoreditch House, and all of the major tube stations. (Victoria, Euston, etc.)


Happy Travels! If this list comes in handy to you at all please leave a comment and let me know!

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How does it feel?

While driving through the winding Big Sur highway Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” plays on repeat. I can almost still hear it while looking at these photos.

For Brad's birthday we drove up the coast to Big Sur, slept in our car for the night, then finished the trip to San Francisco the next morning. 

Travel has a way of making you feel so small. Not in a negative way, just knowing there's so much you haven't seen and so much that you don't know. It's nice to be taken out of your sometimes mundane, everyday tasks, to take in a little bit of the constant beauty the world always has on display that is just waiting for us to take a minute to appreciate it.

 

While the world is falling apart

Sometime around September and October of 2017 we (Cyberlarge) were shooting my boyfriend, Mackeson's, music video. We shot some in Mexico and some in the mountains of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles. These are some photos that we shot that day. Some of these were printed into Mackeson's zine and will be available for purchase. I've been wanting to share these for some time, so now i'm able to! Exciting! 

Photos by J. BilhanTyler Swanner, and Hannah Anderson.

Welcome to Pearl

Hi,

Hannah here. Other than the previews and a brief Instagram story here and there, I haven't shared much in the past couple of years.

A lot has happened and I feel as if i'm in a place now where I feel comfortable with sharing again.

I had my heart broken, I drove across country and moved to a new city, I found love, I bought a car after I wrecked a car, I was angry, I was depressed, I was confused, I lost my religion, and I found myself. Obviously, the process of finding yourself is never easy and it never ends. There's always a new version of us yet to be uncovered. 

I've always considered myself to be a very level headed person. These past few years have been filled with so much emotion, so many recollections of trauma, and so much healing. I wasn't comfortable with sharing my life, because I wasn't comfortable with myself.

My entire life i had been taught one thing. I can't say I was ever fully convinced of that one thing, but I went along with it. That became my identity. In stepping away from that, I completely was wrecked. Not in a good way but not in a bad way either. The questions I always had but never asked or the problems I never dealt with were there and were screaming at me to face them. 

Never ignore your questions. Never ignore your doubt. Ask the questions you want to ask, explore the things you want to explore. Once you are so set on something, you stop asking questions and you stop growing. 

Anyway, that's how we're here now. 

 

Pearl was originally going to be a little vintage shop that I wanted to start. Pearl being the treasured, prized object that had been hunted and searched for — rare, beautiful vintage pieces. With my many doubts, I decided not to do it. Later, I then decided it would be the name of my blog and I would sell my favorite vintage pieces through the blog while also sharing whatever else was happening in my life. And again, that's how we're here now.

I want to move past my ever lingering doubts and just do what I want to do. 

Here on Pearl I will share my musical process with you, my art, my photos, and myself. 

 

Here's to my future, and yours, and our constant search for the pearls that life occasionally throws our way.

 

Cheers Xx

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The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli