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Keep Calm and Celebrate BritWeek!

Sara and I are the biggest anglophiles you will ever meet. We love everything about London: the people, the culture, the history, and even (sometimes) the food. When I found out that LA was hosting BritWeek, I immediately freaked out and called Sara. Then I scoured the website to find out as much as I could about what I knew would be the greatest week ever.

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Not surprisingly, BritWeek is exactly what it sounds like: a number of events open to the general public that focus on British contributions to film, fashion, music, the automotive industry and science.

One of the events was a celebration of Downton Abbey, where party guests had the opportunity to mingle with Laura Carmichael, the actress who plays Lady Edith. I can’t tell you how heartbroken Sara and I were that we both had plans that night- we absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey (not so much Lady Edith though!).

Since we couldn’t party at Downton, Sara and I chose to go explore the BritWeek celebration at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. On normal days, the Promenade is a fun place to walk around, shop and eat. But during BritWeek it’s a fun place to walk around with British accents, shop for tea and Digestives, and eat bangers and mash.

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When we arrived, unique British brands were everywhere. If it wasn’t for the sunshine and palm trees, I would have felt like I was back in London! Boots was giving away makeup samples and doing makeovers, Walker Shortbread was handing out their delicious cookies, and a few “celebrities” were visiting from Madame Tussaud’s.

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Daniel was an excellent date, but I felt a little underdressed!

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Jaguar even had their new F-Type models there, and I got to drive one! Well… sat in one. Semantics.

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Even the newspapers were British! Now if only there were people handing them out as you got on the tube, then it would really be like London!

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I always miss London, but after BritWeek I really miss London. Sara and I are in agreement: every week should be BritWeek!

~A

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