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Hanging at Hampton Court Palace in London

Last Updated on February 8, 2013.

This little throwback happened at the end of Summer 2011 when I flew from Odessa to spend a few sunny days in London as an early birthday present to myself. Was hot.

My friend Aiko aka my Japanese sis had just moved to Hampton Court and invited me and our friend Nino over one day to check out her new place and her new hood.

It’s a cute hood, Hampton Court. It’s out in Zone 6 so far, far away from the chaos of Central London. There are tons of nice antique shops around the high street and cozy pubs you can sit at for hours drinking rosé. Of course the main attraction of this area is Henry VIII’s old crib, Hampton Court Palace.

To get out here, just make your way to Waterloo Station on the Jubilee Line and then hop on a train to Hampton Court. It takes 35 minutes from there and costs about £3.70 one-way (though I think it might cost a little more if you aren’t using an Oyster card). In addition to taking the tube/train you can also take a boat from Westminster or Kew. Don’t know all the details, but that could be nice.

This actually wasn’t the first time at the palace. Nope. I also vistited back in 2002 during one of my trips to London when I was super into British history and everything Tudor. I still find it interesting, don’t get me wrong, just didn’t see the point in paying £15 to go in a second time.

And anyway, the weather was amazing and when the weather is amazing there is no where I’d rather be that out chilling in a park or garden with my friends.

Turned out to be a lovely day and really nice to get away from Zone 1 – things can get fairly intense around there. Even if you aren’t interested in going inside the palace there’s still stuff to do outside of it. It’s not the most exciting environment, but definitely relaxing and a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll or what have you. And it’s right on the Thames – so romantic.

P.S. If you know Japanese and want to read about a crazy girl from Osaka living in London, check out my sista’s blog.


  • Reply
    Aiko sista
    May 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I really enjoy the summer there. You missed one thing, meeting with deers in bushy park. You should have introduced yourself to them. X

    • Reply
      May 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I know, not enough time! Next time I’m in London I will do that as well as attend a K-Pop party with you and all of your Korean friends.

  • Reply
    June 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Love the shots and looks like a good time.


    If I had all the money in the world, I’d hire that guy and the rest of his family for generations to stand guard on Little Corn but with no weapon, just wear that outfit and say “good day” when I walk by.

    • Reply
      June 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Thank you and it’s funny you say that, I believe that is exactly what came out of his mouth when I walked up to him. Sounds like a good plan for LC and could definitely see it happening even without all the money in the world (probably way better views/less stress than HC)

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        June 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Noted, will have to take a quick trip once the compound is complete.

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