#Fangirl in London: Speedy’s Sandwich Bar and Cafe

Fangirl, London

Fangirl in London goes… Speedy’s Sandwich Bar and Cafe – famous location from Sherlock BBC Series. Located 15 minutes away from “most famous address”, North Gower Street is depicted in the series as Baker Street – home of Sherlock and John, with 221B being just above Speedy’s. I personally don’t remember any episode without exterior of the cafe! Interior, therefore, is shown at the scene where Mycroft and John dscuss how to inform Sherlock about Irene Adler’s death. A must visit place for all Sherlock fans, with really nice breakfast for friendly prices 🖤 Expect to meet other fangirls!

Personal note: before I moved to London I couldn’t even dream about being that close to my favorite artists, movies, and literary works. It felt so far from being real when I first saw a postman knocking on Sherlock & John’s door, and then saw a real resident of fictitious Baker Street 221B / 221C leaving the building.
Dreams really do come true in London…

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How I met Brian May & Roger Taylor from Queen

London, Music

London is a special place, with special people and dreamlike moments.

A few weeks ago I met with my university friend Karina for touristic Sunday with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, breakfast at Hyde Park, stroll in Kensington, and visit to the National History Museum. Towards the evening I remembered that I saw an article shared on Facebook about switching of Bohemian Rhapsody inspired lighting on Carnaby Street, and that members of Queen are rumored to be there as well.

Hungry and tired after a long day of walking, we went towards Carnaby Street, just before the time mentioned in the article. We noticed a small, but growing queue near a Queen pop-up store at the beginning of the street, and decided to wait & see. Nothing happened at seven o’clock, and people (& dogs!) were leaving the place. Fireworks and music at the other end of the street started only at eight, marking the switching of the lights (which are truly amazing, see the last video!). All this time random people with VIP Queen and 20th Century Fox badges were going in and out of the store. I literally took pictures of everyone, just in case they are secret celebrities 😀 after fireworks it looked like they are throwing an afterparty inside the shop. If to be honest, most of the attendees looked far away from being a VIP or even far from being invited to a party with rock-music legends. More like “I woke up like this” 😀 After almost three hours of waiting we were granted with an almost dreamlike experience – we met Brian May and Roger Taylor from QUEEN! Brian even gave me a handshake, I didn’t want to take my hand away and was holding him so tight! We waited till they left the party, I even got very close to Brian’s car and told him something random like “come back again” ahahaha. One guy was lucky enough to get his guitar signed! If to sum up, I can say that Queen guys were very lovely and kind towards fans, which sometimes is a big rarity in show business. Oh, how I would like to meet Freddie, but this will never happen 😦 looking forward to seeing brand new Bohemian Rhapsody movie! And meeting more celebrities ❤

Arctic Monkeys @ The O2, London, 09.09.2018

Concerts, Music

Last Sunday my dream came true. I saw Arctic Monkeys live.

We sang together 505 and Do I Wanna Know. Four years ago I listened to these songs for hours, feeling every word and line with my heart. On Sunday I cried during both of the songs. And they even invited Miles Kane to play with them a song about all that miles away, imagination, and arms “around my neck”. Arctic Monkeys have always been for me about London and love. Alex Turner really knows how to tug at my heartstrings.

Birchbox UK: review (May’18 & July’18)

Makeup & Skincare

After few months of following on social media I finally subscribed to one of the most popular beauty boxes in the UK – Birchbox.

Most important, I liked the idea of getting and trying new skincare and makeup products from different brands, including well-known names like Rituals… and Lumene, and not spending long hours in Boots while selecting essentials – I literally spend an hour once selecting a sun cream! Also, since I moved to London and throw away a lot of my cosmetics, I needed an update to my makeup bag.

As Birchbox quite often has pretty good offers for new subscribers, I used a promo code to receive a July box plus a surprise mystery box from previous months. So I got two beauty boxes with 10 new products for only £12.95!

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Hampstead Heath

London

Escape busy streets of metropolis and get lost in natural wonders of Hampstead Heath – one of the largest and most ancient parks is London. A perfect place for lazy Sunday and a picnic with friends while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city🌿if you like active lifestyle, you can run up and down the hill, play tennis, swim, and enjoy workout outdoors. For me as a fangirl, this place is remarkable also because of the fact that a lot of celebrities are living near by, including Highgate resident and my most favorite actor James McAvoy😏

Placebo @ Royal Festival Hall, London, 17.06.16

Concerts, Music

Placebo is an important part of myself for already twelve years, which also makes a half of my life. With no doubt their music has constructed me as a person, and I can find any existing spectrum of emotions in it, maybe even more. It’s cosmic.

Brian and Stefan are not simply musicians – after so many years, four concerts, and meeting in person, to me they are like siblings-in-law in the marriage to music. There are no words ever to describe how blessed I feel. Yesterday I was united with music, love, and universe, going completely mad with every single song. And oh God, they started the gig with Pure Morning……

P.S. …I also touched the setlist…

Post about previous Placebo concert in Riga at 2016 (RUS)
How I met Stefan Olsdal