Five Hours East: A Weekend Spent Eastbound

The recently closed Primrose Bakery in Coven Gardens.

For my first weekend in London, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Thanks to social media, it can be pretty easy to get suggestions for activities, food, and Instagram-able sights. A few weeks before I crossed the pond, I stumbled across a video on Instagram of a cupcake being expertly iced.

Of course, I had no choice but to check it out.

Enter Primrose Bakery. I was thrilled to learn that they have three locations in London, but the chain’s shop in Covent Gardens was to close on September 19. Luckily, that gave me just enough time to get over there and try some cupcakes.

After a pleasant bus ride on the top floor of a double-decker bus, I walked into the small shop on a street corner. The staff member was incredibly sweet (pun intended) as I took approximately five minutes to decide which cupcakes I wanted: blueberry cheesecake and cookie dough. She even asked which I liked better, sharing that her favorite was the blueberry cheesecake.

The cupcakes in question: cookie dough and blueberry cheesecake.

After thoroughly enjoying my cupcakes, I wandered around Covent Gardens for a while. I strolled through the market and shops, stopping to watch some street performers here and there. It reminded me of Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

I kept moving toward, then through, Leicester Square, stopping at The Lego Store to admire the amazing creations: Lego versions of Big Ben, a phone booth, and even the tube. I continued through Chinatown, then toward Piccadilly Circus. After a quick stop at Tesco, I headed home.

A replica of Big Ben’s tower, located in Leicester Square’s Lego Store.

I think going on these kinds of explorations is essential to any experience in a new city. By going alone, I was able to take in the city and immerse myself in the culture. Walking through the streets of London, I felt like I had the whole city at my fingertips.

However, the next day, I realized again how huge this city is (especially compared to Boston) and how daunting it is to be alone in a new place. Even as I write this, I’m thinking about how much there is to do still and how much of it I will probably miss out on.

Even after my three years in Boston, I consistently discover new things that I will probably never get to do and things I wish I would have done. I’m not sure whether these missed opportunities are so because of my hesitation to do things alone, my fear that I’m spending time on the wrong things, my sheer laziness, or my appreciation for the views just outside my window.

Hopefully, none of these things will stop me from making the most of my time here in London, and hopefully, my determination to do just that will make this trip all that it can be.



Parker Sikes, Study Abroad Correspondent

Parker Sikes is a senior at Boston University spending her last semester in London. Studying advertising has revealed her passion for design and nurtured her passion for writing. As a small-town girl who prefers the city, she intends to move to Los Angeles, California after graduating to jump start her career. Parker’s favorite activities include driving, playing her Nintendo DS, reading, and using Oxford commas.


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