Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Breezy, Sunny London Days

The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. -Stephen Fry

Now that we've officially been back from our European adventure for a few weeks and I actually spent a weekend at home, I figured it was time for me to share some of the 100's of pictures I took! Before pictures, I would like to say that we got to experience 3 sunny days in a row in London and just one cloudy. It doesn't get much better than that! We had to deal with chilly wind and even got a little wind burnt, but it was worth it for the sunshine.

I really want to let the pictures do the talking, so I'll bullet what we did and saw each day!

Day 1:

  • Arrived at London Heathrow airport and took the tube to Victoria Station to find our hotel!
  • Walked to the Thames River and stopped at The Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and saw Big Ben from both sides of the river!
  • Rode the London Eye
  • Walked back to our hotel had dinner, explored around our hotel and hit the hay!










Day 2:

  • Took the Original Bus Tour hop on hop off bus! {Travel tip: During the slow season, you can buy one day and get one free! This lasts until June 30, 2015)
  • First stop: Hyde Park. We spent lots of time just walking around and enjoying a sunny London day. 
  • Walked over to the Wellington Arch and onto Buckingham Palace where we were able to watch the changing of the guard. (In case you're wondering, it happens at 11:00am.)
  • Hopped back on our bus tour and took it to Picadilly Circus where we explored and had lunch.
  • Took the tube out to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium for a tour! (Great for any soccer fan! JP loves Arsenal and had a great time.)
  • Went back to our hotel, freshened up, ate dinner and saw Wicked! It was a-mazing. Obsessed.



















Day 3:

  • Went to the Portobello Road Market! If you're in London on a Saturday, you must go! It's the World's larges antiques market with tons of shops, boutiques, bakeries and food carts. It's open other days of the week, but Saturday is the main day where all the shops are out! We picked up several trinkets and souvenirs and I even got a few things for Chloe and myself! We spent HOURS here. I had the time of my life and JP enjoyed it quite a bit as well.
  • Took the hop on hop off bus to the British Museum. My pictures here aren't the best, but we enjoyed our time there. I think I just soaked most of the history in and forgot about my camera! 
  • REST time back at the hotel. I was wiped after traveling and an insane day 2. 
  • Dinner and exploring around the hotel before an early bedtime.










Day 4:

  • Three words: HARRY POTTER DAY! We took a bus to the Official Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter! Any avid Harry Potter fan would love this adventure! Now this is not a theme park, more like a museum. You get to see original sets, costumes, how scenes were filled, special effects, make up, animatronics and the coolest scaled model of Hogwarts. We went with the morning tour so we were up early and on the bus by 7:45am. We were back around 3pm. It's a 1-1.5 hour bus ride from London to Leavesden, but it wasn't bad at all.
  • Took the tube to Harrod's for some window shopping, sampling and chocolate buying!
  • Dinner and a short walk before calling it a night!




I'm a Slytherin :)
















Day 5:

  • We ate a quick breakfast, took some last minute pictures and took the tube to King's Cross Station! Then we were off to Paris!

I'll be back with Paris pictures...hopefully soon!

If you're interested, here are a few other posts from our European travels:



What are your favorite places and things to see in London?
Looking for more tips or want to know what to do in London? Just ask! I know we didn't get to do everything, but I know a few people who live in London and would love to help!

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