Lisa Lansing

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A wee trip to London

Hey! Today I’m finally in London after a long overnight train ride from Edinburgh. I’m visiting London this week with my friend Ivy. We’ll be here until Thursday afternoon. I’m filming every day here, so check my YouTube channel for daily London travel vlogs. 🙂

Yesterday, I arrived in Edinburgh in the early afternoon and met up with my friends Vanesa and Jen. Since my train to London wasn’t until 23:30ish, I had plenty of time to catch up with friends one last time.

Brew Lab is typically my cafe of choice when I’m visiting Edinburgh but for some reason, I wanted to try something different. Instead, Vanesa and I headed to Filament for the very first time. We tried their oat milk lattes and were pleasantly surprised to find other vegan treats, smoothies, and juices in the cafe. I’d like to say I’ll be back but I doubt that will happen since I’m moving to Spain so soon!

I’m only in Edinburgh once more, the day Ivy and I return to Scotland after our London trip. I already have plans to meet up with two more friends and I doubt coffee will be on our agenda since we arrive in Edinburgh late in the afternoon. Still, I’m glad I got to try a new cafe with Vanesa. We even had a wee picnic in Princes Street Gardens following the cafe since it was so bright and sunny.

Later I met up with my friend Jen for dinner (which ended up being more coffee) in Forest Cafe. Forest Cafe is a volunteer-run vegetarian cafe and art space. It’s a new favourite of mine since it’s volunteer-based, mostly vegan (apart from optional cheese on a few dishes), and they minimise food waste. At any time, you can take a loaf of bread or two from their “free bread” bins, no questions asked. 🙂

The problem with moving around frequently is that you inevitably have to leave your friends behind. (Unless we all move around together, but that’s never possible.) This isn’t enough for me to stop travelling. Instead, I focus on making lasting friendships while I can, taking care to keep in touch even when I’m out of the country. I’m grateful to have friends who take the time to meet up with me. We’ll just need to meet up again (abroad, or once I’m back in Scotland) in the near future! 🙂

At the end of the night, I met up with Ivy at Waverley as our train to London was set to depart around 2321. Her husband Leo was there to send us off since he wouldn’t be joining us on this London adventure. We boarded the train no problem, but it was delayed by about an hour. The seats were comfortable and much more spacious than airplane seating. Even so, I only managed to sleep 1-2 hours.

We arrived in London around seven hours later. Our first destination was Kin Cafe. After a sleep-deprived night on a train, we were ready for real food! Kin Cafe is special to me because this was the first cafe I visited when I moved to the UK in Dec. 2015. I spent my very first morning in London in this cafe, sipping on a coffee, brunching on avocado toast, soaking it all in. I was finally in the UK after completely downsizing my life to fit into one bag and planning this move for over a year. I couldn’t believe that I was actually in London, enjoying this cafe like a local.

The following day, I caught a train to Glasgow because my plan was to live in Scotland for a few months. I decided to live in Glasgow for four months before moving to Dundee (because I met Kuba!). I’m so glad I ended up in Scotland! 🙂

This morning I had the same avocado toast for breakfast, except I didn’t remember it being such a large portion. I swear, it was twice the size! Not that I’m complaining… 😉


We spent the rest of the day wandering around Soho, popping into a few shops and cafes just to scope them out for later. It’s so nice being in London with Ivy since she’s quite familiar with the vegan foodie scene here. She also knows her way around the city.

Now we are back in our hotel room after a late lunch at Persepolis vegetarian restaurant, which happens to be right down the street from our hotel. Lucky us! We plan to visit Persepolis at least one more time before we return to Scotland, so I’ll need to fill you in another day. 😉

Yesterday and today were very busy for me but fun at the same time. It really seems like one long day; a day filled with coffee, chats, sunshine, and friends! I am looking forward to a full night’s sleep tonight. I need to be well-rested for more foodie adventures tomorrow! 🙂

Check out my day in Edinburgh and our first full day in London here:


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