We took the train from Paris to London and got there around 2 p.m. After a light lunch we rented a car and spent a while trying to figure out where we were. My mom was driving the car on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car and the car was a stick shift to boot! The car stalled some and I admit there was some driving on the wrong side of the road but mom did amazing! We decided to start our England tour in Warwick and got to our hotel around 8:00 p.m. We were pretty wiped and went to bed.
Woke up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day! We drove to Warwick Castle as soon as they opened and walked the grounds. The day was so beautiful and since we got there so early we had the place to ourselves. The castle had great displays and did a great job sharing the castle’s history. It was also very kid friendly!
When we finished there we drove to Woodstock. There we had lunch at the Black Prince. I had coffee and a warm ham sandwich and mom had tea and fish and chips.
After lunch we toured Blenheim Palace. At this point it had started raining and the temps had dropped. We walked around toured the house and walked the grounds some and headed to Bath.
We could not get our directions straight! We bought a map at a gas station, used our phones, asked people for directions and could not find out hotel! We eventually parked in front of a Starbucks so I could use their free wifi and get step by step instructions on how to get to our hotel, the Queensberry. We arrived and had the cutest little room! As tired as we were, we grabbed a quick dinner of burgers at The Chequers around the corner.
We spent the day in Bath. Started with two hours in the Thermae Bath Spa.
After a week of coffee and carbs, I needed something healthy to we got smoothies at Shakeaway. After going back to our hotel and freshening up we had tea and scones at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms.
After this we did some light shopping and walked all around Bath. We saw the Henrietta Gardens and the city and weather were so beautiful! The sky was so blue and the flowers just blooming.
All that walking worked up quite an apetite so we had a filling dinner at For the Love of Steak. Mom had fish and chips and I had babyback ribs.
We left Bath and headed to Leeds to see Leeds Castle. Little did we know though that we would turn a two hour drive into six! We kept getting lost and having to reroute to Leeds. We finally arrived, saw the castle walked the grounds and emjoyed some yummy ice cream and drove to Windsor for the night.
There we stayed at the cutest hotel called Oakley Court. I loved the charm and decor!
This morning was dedicated to Windsor Castle. It took us forever to find parking and when we finally did find a spot we could only pay in pounds! Not a credit card! So we went off to find a bank. We finally did make it to Windsor and I was surprised it is located in the middle of the city. You would think a vacation home would be in the country somewhere! But the castle was beautiful and had great history. St. George’s Chapel was my favorite. I love stained glass and places of worship. It soothes my soul in a way.
After Windsor we drove back to London, returned the car and took a cab to our hotel, The Nadler Kensington. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum so we walked there. Admission was free and the musuem is huge! There’s something that appeals to everyone.
On our walk back to the hotel there was a crazy thunderstorm with hail and were soaked when we got back to the hotel.
We dressed up and took a taxi to Her Majesty’s Theater where we saw The Phantom of the Opera. It was beyond great! One of my favorite parts of the trip.
Our last day! We got up, got breakfast and walked to Kensington Palace. William & Kate were gone so we got to tour the house and they had a great exhibit on Princess Diana and Princess Margaret’s clothes.
After that we went to Herrod’s. It’s huge! We walked around all of the different floors, had tea there and explored their food hall. We got a little crazy in the food hall and got eclair’s, cake, cheese, bread, chocolates, cookies, so good! After that we needed to repack and get ready to leave and I got hit with a migraine.
I didn’t get to se Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, or all of the other big spots but I’m going back to London in September with my husband and plan to see all these spots then.
What is your favorite thing to do in London? Let me know below!
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