The last city that we visited was London! We took the Euro Star from Paris to London and it took about 2.5 hours. When you get to the train station in Paris, make sure that you get there more than an hour early. We thought that was plenty of time, but we ended up missing our scheduled train and had to be on standby for the one 2 hours later. It all worked out in the end though! Once we arrived in London we found that it was a little refreshing to be in a place where English is spoken, and where they serve good beer. We had a blast in London seeing all of the landmarks, and also visiting some really great pubs. Here's what we did and where we ate:
What to do:
Tower of London: This was the first place that we visited in London. We didn't spend a whole lot of time here, but we did see the crown jewels. They were so beautiful, and this is something that I highly recommend doing!
London Bridge: When you visit the Tower of London, the London Bridge is very close by. It's so gorgeous at night! We just walked across the bridge, but didn't go into any of the exhibits.
Harrod's: You can't be a fashion lover and not visit Harrod's! It's the most amazing store I've ever been in, and I wish I had the money to buy all the things. I only left with a new red lipstick, but I wish I could have left with a new handbag too!
Buckingham Palace: We went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards. As we were walking to the palace, we ended up timing it perfectly and we saw the guards marching up to the palace playing music. I'm glad that we timed it so well because once we got to the palace there was the biggest crowd I have ever seen. We couldn't get close enough to watch the actual ceremony unfortunately. If you want to see this, look up the times online because they change guards every 2 days I believe.
Kensington Palace: Kensington Palace is absolutely beautiful. It's one of the homes that William and Kate live in, and it's full of so much history. They also have some of the Queen's and Prince Diana's dresses on display. They are so pretty!
Wesminster Abbey: We walked through Westminster Abbey one day, and I was in awe. It's one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, but unfortunately you can't take any pictures. I definitely recommend going and doing the audio tour~
Beefeater Distillery Tour: Gin & tonic is my favorite mixed drink so visiting a gin distillery was a must! We did a tour and learned a lot about the history of Beefeater gin and the gin making process. They also serve you a big gin and tonic at the end which you can't beat!
London Eye: We rode in the London eye at night and it was so pretty! It was a long line and it's a little pricey though. Despite all of that, I think it was worth it because of the gorgeous views.
Big Ben and Parliament: We really wanted to take a tour of Parliament, but unfortunately tickets were sold out for the day. That's definitely something I want to do next time! You're also only able to go into Big Ben if you meet certain criteria. It's so gorgeous to look at though!
Primark: If you want to find affordable clothing, this is the place to go. It felt a lot like Black Friday on steroids, but it's because the clothing is so cheap and on trend. I bought a pair of leggings for $3, and a leather trimmed sweater for $13. I'm glad my husband was a good sport and let me do some shopping!
The Wallace Collection: This museum was very different from the others that we went to. They had a lot of swords, armor, art, and trinkets on display which was different but fun to see!
Where to eat:
Sherlock Holmes: This is the first restaurant that we went to, and it was recommended to us by our hotel (Royal Horseguards). Sherlock Holmes is a traditional pub, with the most delicious fish and chips! I definitely recommend it for lunch, or for after dinner drinks.
Patara: We went to this restaurant for dinner, and they serve Thai food. It was such a nice restaurant with outstanding service. I had the vegetarian pad thai and it was delicous!
Cantina Laredo: My husband and I absolutely love Mexican food, and we were in withdrawal. We spotted this restaurant when the line at the Indian restaurant was way too long. We ordered the guacamole where they make it at your table, and we both had fajitas too. It was so nice to have some of our favorite food in London!
Villiers: We went here for breakfast, and loved it so much we went twice. I'm a big fan of eggs and avocado toast, and I had a real craving for it. Unfortunately eggs are an American breakfast, so you can't really find that in Italy or in Paris. Luckily this place in London had avocado toast and it was delicious! Especially with a cup of tea.
The Orangery: I'm a big fan of tea, so I told my husband that I really wanted to have afternoon tea in London. We were planning on going to Sketch, until I realized that we could have afternoon tea at The Orangery which is in Kensington Palace. Plus it's a third of the price which you can't beat! We each had a pot of tea, little sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and different sweats. It was also served on the most gorgeous china!
The Pilgrim: We went here for lunch after the Beefeater gin distillery tour. I had a veggie burger and it was delicious! It was the perfect pub to hang out, and have a burger and gin and tonic.
Mint Leaf: We went here for dinner one night because we had to try Indian food while in London. My husband is a big fan of Indian food, and I'm not but I figured it was worth a shot. He did go to afternoon tea after all! I actually ended up liking it, and he really loved it. The only downfall of this place is that it's really pricey.
Have you been to London?