I can’t believe it has already been a week since we arrived in London! My husband is here for work, and I decided to join him, and in total we will be spending about 18 days in this great city! While the week has flown by, it also seems like we have been here for much longer, as we are really trying to fit in as much as we can every day. Though Jim has been here for work before, and I have been as well (for two days as part of a European tour I did about 9 years ago), neither one of us have really gotten to experience London. Therefore we did our homework and made lists of the sights and places we wanted to see and got tons of great recommendations as well (thanks guys!).
We used Airbnb for the first time ever and booked a cute little flat in Central London for the entirety of our stay. It is a close walk to a lot of great places and tube stations and walkable to my husband’s office. And of course I just loved the decor (that fridge!).
After we checked into our flat we walked a few minutes over to the Covent Garden area which has a ton of cute shopping and Neal’s Yard which is a tiny little alley full of color and home to the delicious Wild Food Cafe (where I enjoyed lunch days later).
On Monday our first full day in London, we ventured over to the V&A museum which was beautiful and huge, as well as Harrods department store, which could be described the same way as well. It took us all day to go through both, luckily Harrods has enough dining options to help you power through (we stopped at the ice cream parlor for a mid day treat and enjoyed oysters at the gourmet food hall hours later).
Tuesday Jim started work which meant I just walked and walked which seemed like forever but was probably in a lot of circles. I ventured through SoHo Square, Carnaby Street, stopped for a pint and lunch at Shakespeare’s Head, on to Regent Street where I visited Hamley’s toy store and then on to Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown. My feet were killing me and there were swarms of people especially in the last two spots so I stopped at a little cafe in an alley for some relief before meeting Jim at Punch and Judy pub for a drink on the rooftop.
On Thursday I took the tube to Borough Market which was a really neat indoor/outdoor food market where I enjoyed some delicious Indian food before a walk along the Thames River and going to the Tate Modern Museum (almost all of the museums in London are free!).
By Friday I was beat and slept in, watched some British reality tv (amazing!) and grabbed lunch nearby before meeting Jim for dinner at Coya for some Peruvian small plates. Then it was time for the weekend, which meant a full day in Notting Hill to marvel at the pretty painted homes, walk aimlessly through the Portobello Road market, eat a fantastic lunch at the Farm Girl Cafe, and then head off to Marleybone for dinner at The Grazing Goat.
Sunday brought a full day of sightseeing, we bought tickets for the Big Bus London which meant we could hop on and off the tour buses all day, and decided to spend some extra time at the London Eye and the Tower of London. We assumed the crowds would be huge at both places, but we were lucky enough that there wasn’t much of a line for either (thanks to some helpful advice to get to the London Eye early in the day). The London Eye was definitely worth it, the views were great and it’s about a half an hour total in the pods with about 25 people.
From the Tower of London we took the ferry back to Westminster and finished our bus tour from there.
It was a week full of sights and awkward selfies in front of iconic landmarks and we can’t wait to see what the next week will bring!