As you know, I made a quick stop in London in April with my mom. Due to time I didn’t get to see a lot of the area but knew I loved it. I’m glad Tim and I were able to stay for a few days and explore before heading to Greece! Today, I’m sharing the highlights of our three days in London.
Our first day we arrived at Gatwick Airport around 9:30 a.m. We were tired and jet lagged but didn’t want to take an expensive taxi to our hotel. So we took the train from Gatwick to the Victoria stop. The train and subway in London are incredible, I sometimes wish Nashville had this so I could get from point A to point B quickly without being in traffic!
We got to our hotel, The Belgrave, and had an hour to kill before our room was ready. So we went to a pub down the road and got burgers and fish and chips to hold us over.
My trip to overcoming jet lag is something my mother-in-love shared with me. Take a 1-2 hour nap as soon as you arrive and don’t go to sleep until it’s bedtime. Well it was the best two hour nap of our lives! We were still groggy when we woke up but got up and decided to walk around. It was a Sunday and pretty busy but managed to see Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and other London-y places. We did pretty well for ourselves and went to bed late!
Our second day we woke up pretty refreshed and not too jet lagged. Since the Queen is at her summer home in Scotland, we were able to grab breakfast and get to Buckingham Palace for a tour. We’re not usually museum/tour people but enjoyed the self guided headset tour that Buckingham provided! The tour was informative and they had a great exhibit on Queen Elizabeth’s style throughout her reign.
We walked around more and found some fun things before realizing we were famished. We stopped at an Italian restaurant called Bella Italia and I ate almost an entire pizza on my own!
After this we walked around Oxford Street and Regent Street and shopped. Can you say hello Topshop?!
We also found China Town and Soho and enjoyed walking around and taking in the sights.
One of our goals was to ride the London Eye at sunset. The view was absolutely incredible.
Our last day in London we had a delicious breakfast a Pimlico Fresh.
After eating we headed to the London Tower to see the Crown Jewels and walked across the London Bridge!
Next we walked around Covent Garden (which is like a market/mall) and holed up in a cafe and listened to different performers. One man sang Opera and then a group of violinists played!
The last thing we did was see Aladdin at Prince Edward’s Theatre. I’m a Disney girl and Aladdin is my favorite movie! I was freaking out the entire time and singing along. It was magical!