Eat, Sleep, Shop, Repeat: Autumn/Winter UK Gyaru Meet!

A couple of weekends ago was our first gal meet since Gyaru Jubilee, this time based in Central London! It felt so long ago since I’ve seen everyone so when Saturday arrived I eagerly crawled out of my warm bed and into the cold drizzle outside. But that’s when things started to go downhill for me…

Polaroids from a UK Gyaru meet via hellolizziebee

First, my train was cancelled. Public transport seems to go into a frenzy at the smallest drop of rain so I wasn’t completely surprised. Luckily, though, there was an alternative train so I wasn’t too much behind schedule. As soon as my train rolled into London I hopped off onto the tube, and traveled nearly 1 and a half hours to Stratford Westfield (as there were some closures on the lines). It wasn’t until I walked up to the security staff to ask for directions to the Pokemon Centre that I realised that I was at the wrong Westfield! Eeek! It took me another hour to get to the right one and I felt like crying at my own stupidity. So I rocked up nearly two hours late to the meet – but thankfully everyone was really understanding and I got a massive hug from Chewiee (as well as a bag of chocolate) that instantly made me feel a lot better haha.

Despite spending most of my wasted travel time sitting down, I was relieved to be sat down slurping up some tempura ramen and stuffing my gob with chicken gyoza from Ichiba, which is located downstairs of Westfield London near Shepherds Bush. It was so good to eat real Japanese food again (as unfortunately we only really have a Wagamama where I live which isn’t really authentic Japanese food)! It gave me time to catch up with everyone as well as talk to some new faces! I love how there’s always a new face at every gyaru meet – the community is really growing in the UK!

related post: crazy gals and half-naked guys – gyaru jubilee!

Tempura ramen at Ichiba, Westfield
My girl Chewiee and I!

The queue curved around one side of Westfield by the time we got to the Pokemon Centre, and out of curiosity I asked the security guard how long the waiting time was. He said 7-8 hours! Gosh. Imagine waiting that long only to get inside and find the thing you wanted was out of stock… So I’m really glad we didn’t queue up in the end! I was a bit disappointed though because I really wanted one of the Detective Pikachu plushies but I didn’t really fancy hanging around that long. Instead we grabbed some bubble tea and walked around some of the shops there before some of us headed back home. Myself, Chewiee, Karen and Alice hung around and had some delicious food from Pho.

Pokemon Centre in London
Unfortunately this was the closest I got to the Pokemon Centre! Maybe one day…
Alice finding a rather dazzling Christmas necklace (gosh isn’t it awfully tacky but so good at the same time)
UK Gaijin Gyaru Meet in London
Group pic!
QueenE Gyarusa members Lizzie, Danielle and Rachel
My QueenE gals Danielle & Rachel

I can’t wait for the New Year as I have promised myself to organise some more gyaru meets in future! Unfortunately I don’t think I will be able to go to one before Christmas as life is kinda’ hectic, so this is the last one of this year for me. But next time I will definitely double check a) train journeys and b) where the meet actually is. Oops.

Have you got any plans with your friends before the Christmas season?

Love,
Lizzie xx

P.S Thanks so much to my girl Chewiee for the pics (and for the pick-me-up chocolate <3)

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6 Comments
  • Lala 🌺
    November 17, 2019

    How cute!! ❤ I’m so awful with directions/finding locations, I probably would have done the same 😂 It’s so exciting to hear you’re seeing new faces at meets and that the community is growing over there 😍❤💕 Can’t wait to read about your meets next year!!! 💖💖💖

  • Michelle Chai
    November 17, 2019

    Ah this looks like so much fun Lizzie! Congratulations on another successful meet!

  • Shin
    November 17, 2019

    Everyone serving looks and looking cute afff ❤

  • Jenny in Neverland
    November 19, 2019

    Looks like such a lovely day out! I love your outfit too – so cute! That ramen looks delicious! I’ve only tried it from one Japanese takeaway near me before and I liked it but I’d love to try some others! x

  • Kieli
    December 6, 2019

    Ommmgggggg everyone looks so amazing! It makes me so happy to hear that there are more and more Gyaru out there! Maybe that will happen in the US too one day ^^