Travel | London & Ed Sheeran

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to see Ed Sheeran play one of his Wembley Stadium shows. Before this, I spent the day in London, a city that is one of my favourites in the world. This post is the first in what I hope to be a series of Travel Diary 'entries' - I hope you enjoy it!

A Look Around London:
After parking the car and taking the London Underground to Bond Street, we took the station's Oxford Street exit and let the shopping commence. First up was the lovely Disney store on Oxford Street, two storeys full of great merchandise. Some favourites of mine were the Hamm (Toy Story) piggy bank, the pleasantly surprising amount of Lady & The Tramp plushes and the Toddler Disney Princess plushes, which include the especially cute Belle, Rapunzel and Anna. After much browsing, I decided to buy my first Tsum Tsums, of which the store had a great range. Pictured below are the latest additions to my room - Minnie Mouse, Dumbo and, from the current limited edition range; Lilo.
After this, we continued on our way down Oxford Street, towards the Lush store. I'd heard much about the store from friends and bloggers and despite not generally shopping at Lush, I was pretty excited to check it out.
And I was not disappointed. Three floors full of vibrantly colourful products and an array of smells greet you as you step into Oxford Street's Lush store. There are plenty of opportunities to sample these products, with a spa and lots of basins in which bath bombs are demonstrated. One thing I loved was the vintage scarves for sale - with tutorials on how to wrap gifts with them or the option to have Lush staff wrap your gifts instead.
As I'd never bought anything for myself from Lush before I decided to take it easy and start with just a couple of products. I left the store with the Popcorn Lip Scrub and the Refresher Shower Jelly, both of which I hope to review in later posts.

We continued walking, passing through Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. After browsing Shaftesbury Avenue's Forbidden Planet Megastore and excitedly purchasing the new Jaime Lannister Pop! Vinyl that I hadn't expected out for a month or so more, we headed to Covent Garden. There we grabbed lunch at Pret A Manger, took a look around the Covent Garden Piazza and then walked to The Strand. After a quick ice cream and a look in Waterstone's, it was almost time to head back to Wembley. We took the Bakerloo Line from Charing Cross to Baker Street, changed to the Jubilee Line and took the rest of our journey back to Wembley Park Station.

The Concert:
The support acts for the Saturday night show were Example and Rudimental, both of which did a great job of getting the audience ready and excited for the main act. Ed Sheeran's set then opened with the screens displaying old home videos of his journey through music over the years - a lovely and sentimental tribute to his origins. He put on an incredible show, packed full of audience interaction and fantastic renditions of both his songs and others. The atmosphere in the stadium was probably the best I've ever seen at a gig and Ed Sheeran's passion for his job came across tenfold - unlike some artists who give off an air of finding playing shows a chore. Overall, an absolutely phenomenal evening that I'd love to repeat!

What's the best concert you've ever attended? Where are your favourite places to shop, in or out of London? I'd love to read your comments!