An American Girl in London! Pt. 1 of my OnBlackHeath Festival Experience!

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Music Blogger, Black Widow attends the OnBlackHeath Music Festival held in London. Today, enjoy Pt. 1 of her London Experience!

Day 1: Arriving in London

It was my first visit to London and I was glad I had a few days to enjoy the city before attending the festival. I arrived at Heathrow around 8:30 am in the middle of the city’s rush hour. I’d pre-ordered my Oyster Card, downloaded the Underground train app so I knew exactly where to go once I got off the plane. I took the Underground to the city and explored the Tower Bridge and Tower Of London before boarding the River Bus and heading towards Greenwich. I loved the Riverbus because it was such a great way to get to Greenwich. A beautiful and scenic ride along the Thames River was a great way to see some of the city’s most beautiful sights. The Tower Bridge, The Shard, The London Eye and the O2 arena were just a few of the sights seen along the way. In addition, I marveled at the architecture along the river. It was the perfect blend of the old and the new. Each building was different and unique and gave the city a really interesting Riverview. Once getting off the river bus, I explored Greenwich.

Enjoying Fish & Chips at the Golden Chippy!

Enjoying Fish & Chips at the Golden Chippy!

Greenwich is known for his maritime history. The first thing I saw was the Cutty Sark, a 19th century ship fully restored. I immediately headed towards the marketplace as I heard so much about them while researching my trip. The market was full of food trucks and local artisans, selling handcrafted items. I especially loved the handcrafted jewelry. The markets were great places to grab gifts for family and friends back home. There were quaint shops and cafes to eat and drink before heading to our hotel. I took another train two stops and was in BlackHeath, my home for the festival weekend. Our hotel was in the perfect location, two blocks from the train and a 10 minute walk from the festival grounds. Jet lag began to set in and I headed out to look for something to eat. Around the corner from my hotel was a cute and quaint café, the “Golden Chippy”. It was so inviting and the food smelled amazing so I stopped in for a traditional “fish and chips”. The food was amazing and the service was even better! It would not be my last time enjoying a meal at the Golden Chippy during my weekend! I turned in early my first day in London. I wanted to be completely refreshed when I began my 2nd day of exploring London!

Day 2: How to see London in 24 hours!

Day 2 began with breakfast at the Golden Café. Steak, Hash browns, and fried tomatoes with one large Americano got me ready to take on the city! I headed to the City via the River bus again and decided to do a “Hop On, Hop Off” Bus tour! It was the best way to see most of the touristy sights quickly. I was able to see the London Eye, Marble Arch, Regent’s Park, Big Ben, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace and more. My daughter is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan so I also stopped at the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street and picked up some great souvenirs for her. The bus tour allowed me to cover quite a bit of ground and explore many of the London neighborhoods. Each one had their own unique soul. From there I took the Underground to Brixton which had such a variety of culture and ethnicities. The market was fabulous and filled with Caribbean aromas and food. I arrived there later and wasn’t able to spend as much time at the market as I would have liked but I definitely plan to visit the area again. As the day came to a close, I visited 14 different neighborhoods before heading back to Blackheath to have dinner once again at the Golden Chippy and get ready to enjoy the London nightlife!

Later that evening, I caught an Uber and headed to Shoreditch. This area of London was artsy and full of young hipsters and clubgoers. It reminded me of Rush Street here in Chicago. The area was buzzing with partygoers going in and out of bars and clubs. I met up with friends at a local club with Garage House. It was so different than what I was used to hearing. We partied with the locals who quickly caught my “accent”. As soon as I said I was from Chicago they immediately showed love to Chicago House Music! It was fun hanging out with the locals and enjoying London Street food in the wee hours of the morning. I headed back to my hotel and prepared for the next two days at the OnBlackHeath Music Festival.

My first two days in London were amazing. I was falling in love with this city!

Until next time,

Black Widow

Tomorrow, check out my Pt. 2 of my London experience: The OnBlackHeathMusic Festival!

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Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.