Favourites of London

by Meg on July 2, 2014

Today is my last full day of living in London, Ontario. Tomorrow I will be boarding a plane and making my move to Saskatchewan to live with my fiancé and parents once again. As excited as I am to move back to my hometown and start my life with the people I love most in this world, it is bittersweet.

I’ve lived in London for 4 years and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Making the big move to London, Ontario from Yorkton, Saskatchewan was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. It allowed me to discover myself and really tap into who I truly am.

If it wasn’t for moving to London I wouldn’t have been able to grow into the person I am today, complete my Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition at Brescia University College, study to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, meet some of my best friends, and, most importantly, my fiancé!

As you can see, London truly has been great to me, but it is time to move home now! Living 30 hours away from my family is rough and I’m ready to start my life in Yorkton! So, today, in honour of my love for London, I will be sharing some of my favourites of London with you…

Some of my favourite places to visit in London include:

- Masonville mall. I pretty much go here on a daily basis (I’m not lying) as it has DAVIDsTEA and Lululemon all under one roof! ;)

IMG_1266

- The Covent Garden Market. This place always makes me happy! It’s like one big indoor farmers market that runs 7 days per week!

- Richmond Row. This is the busiest street of London’s downtown. It’s filled with great shops and restaurants! If you’re touring London you’ll have to take a walk down Richmond and if you’re from London you know how great Richmond is!

- Victoria Park. Victoria Park is located on Richmond Row and it’s where the summer festivals are hosted, but I also love grabbing a tea from Starbucks (which is right across the street) and taking a stroll through the park. It’s especially pretty in the winter time because they have it all lit up!

- Starbucks. I know Starbucks isn’t unique to London, but London does have a few beautiful locations, the one in Byron on Commissioners Road being my favourite. It’s so home-y! Amanda and I have had several study sessions there! ;)

- Remark. This is my favourite grocery store. It carries a lot of local produce, which makes me happy, but I also like it because the people there are always so friendly, too! I can always tell which produce I buy at Remark vs. a Superstore/Loblaws – Remark’s produce always tastes best!

- Springbank Park. Another park that I love walking through! It’s right along the river and really peaceful.

IMG_9959

- Fire Roasted Coffee Cafe. This is a newer favourite of mine, but it definitely had to make the list! They have delicious iced teas, teas, and coffees, but my favourite part? Their homemade chocolate! Yes, they make chocolate right at the location on King Street in London! The dark chocolate is my favourite!

IMG_0724

Some of my favourite restaurants here are…

- Bungalow. This restaurant is so cool because it is in a bungalow house and tucked away in a beautiful London neighbourhood, too! They have a great menu, but are famous for their burgers! The buffalo burger is my personal favourite! I’ve been here quite a few times and my food has always been exceptional!

- Blu Duby. Again, another restaurant that I have been to numerous times just because it is so good! The servers are also really great and the atmosphere is gorgeous, too!

- Sho Gun. This is my favourite sushi restaurant (they know me very well there!) however not a lot of people know about it, but once I introduce people to this restaurant they always leave telling me that it was the best sushi they’ve ever had! I know my stuff ;) So trust me on this one, if you’re looking for amazing sushi in London go to Sho Gun!

- Milestones. Despite this being a chain restaurant, I still had to include it in my list! There are two different Milestones locations in London, but the one located in the mall that I visit on a daily basis is particularly special in my heart! I used to work there, but it is also the restaurant my Mom and I always go to when she visits and we spend the day shopping!

- Ben Thanh. I was introduced to this restaurant very soon after moving to London 4 years ago and I was happy to hear that it was Eddie’s favourite restaurant when I met him. We went almost weekly it seems. It was our go to restaurant if we were in the mood for pho or anything thai!

There is so much I love about London and I’m sure that I’m missing a lot of my other favourites, but this list includes the places and restaurants I frequented the most!

I hope you enjoyed todays post and visit at least one of these places your next time in London!

Londoners… are any of my favourites your favourites, too? Non-Londoners… what are some of your favourite places where you live?

See you tomorrow!

Love,

Meg xo

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Michele July 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM

I used to feel like I lived at my local malls too, when my kids were babies I would alternate the three of them and take daily trips there. Just to walk around and get out! I really love all of them and have great memories from when my kids were little.

Good luck with your move!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

that’s awesome!

Reply

Amanda - RunToTheFinish July 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

So funny, I just heard about London and didn’t realize that’s where you were living! I am dying to go there and see it all!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

awww no way! well come visit me in sask now hehe

Reply

Amanda Browning July 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

things i love about london:
-all the great walking trails
-the variety of markets around the city
-barney’s patio downtown, such a great summer place
-the great proximity to the beach
-not actually living there and enjoying fresh country air
-my friends from all parts of my life being in one place
-meghan doll, never thought i would meet such an important friend in just a few short months!

I am excited for you to move and start your amazing journey outside of school, i know you’ll be majorly successful and happy. I am sure we will keep in close touch, especially to write our book and maybe we should start our own podcast!
:)
xo

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

that podcast and book are happening chicky

Reply

Samantha @ The Faithful Runner July 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I’ve never been to London, but it sounds like such a wonderful place to be! My favorite thing where I live is our restaurant called Mixed!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

ohhhhh :) i love a good restaurant

Reply

Sam July 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

You are so pretty! I must confess something though-this whole time I thought you lived in London, England haha!!! :)

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 6:59 PM

haha that’s ok! common mistake :)

Reply

Deana July 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

London is awesome! I can’t believe this means I’ve known you for 3 years! It feels a lot longer than that! :)
I love the Convent Garden Market too! Western Fair farmers markets is nice as well! I love love love living downtown. It’s so much fun!
Can’t wait to hear from you from Saskatchewan!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

i am so happy you like living downtown! yay

Reply

Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift July 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Ahhh, so excited for your big move! So happy for you, girl. :) I didn’t realize you’d been in London for 4 whole years, and that made me think…where/how did you meet Eddie? Would love to hear the story sometime! :)

Praying for a successful and stress-free move for you! <3

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

yep 4 years!! :D

Reply

Calista July 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I feel silly – I had to google ON and SK to see where they were in relation to the US. I’m excited to see what life has in store for you! You’re such a gem!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

lol don’t feel silly :) xo

Reply

Laura @FitMamaLove July 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

So excited for you! Good luck with your move!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

thanks Laura :D it went well

Reply

Livi July 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I want to visit now ha! Good luck with the big move!!

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

haha thanks :)

Reply

Emily July 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

IT’S HERE!

Ahhh…I can’t believe it! SO, so excited for what this new chapter of life has in store for you.
xoxo

Reply

Meg July 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

thanks lovie!!!!!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: