Hello and happy Monday! I hope y’all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good – I got a lot done and was more productive than usual, so I came into this week already feeling accomplished and ready to go!
I’m back today to share the final recap of my amazing trip to England back in May. (I already talked about our awesome days in Cambridge and Hitchin/Letchworth earlier). We spent our last two days in London and it, just like the rest of the trip, was oh so wonderful! We originally planned on just taking 1 day in the big city, but on a whim we changed our plans and stayed an extra day and I’m really glad we did. It let us explore a little bit more, slow our pace, and really take in all the sights that we wanted to without feeling too rushed.
Here are some of the awesome things we saw and did.
Walked by Big Ben. I read that Big Ben would be under construction while we were there, and I was disappointed that we wouldn’t get to see the clock face… but we totally did!! What a happy surprise! We got to hear the clock ringing, which was great timing since its bongs are about to fall silent for 4 years during repairs. (Seriously, all the articles talk about Big Ben’s bongs and it is too fun to say).
Rode the London Eye. This was also a fun surprise! I knew that it was there and that it could be fun, but didn’t think that anybody else would want to take the time to do it. My dad suggested that we do it (and generously paid for all of us) and I’m SO glad we did! It was really neat to get a view of the city from so high (we could even see all the way to Buckingham Palace)! It was definitely worth the wait in line!
Visited Westminster Abbey. This was the coolest thing we saw in London by far! We weren’t allowed to take any pictures inside (and I didn’t want to get kicked out…) but trust me, it was so worth the price to get it. There were so many famous dead people inside!!! And we got to see where Will and Kate were married! And the outside is so gorgeous, too… I mean, just look at it!
Saw Buckingham Palace. Just the outside. I do remember that we got a tour of the inside when I was little, but that wasn’t available at the time when we were back there. We saw the guards walking and just like everything, it is quite gorgeous! We also spent some time walking through St. James park which was absolutely lovely.
Went to the British Museum. We were only there for a few hours, but we saw SO MUCH COOL STUFF! Including lots of mummies, the Rosetta Stone, lots of art work, and more!
Saw other landmarks like Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. These were more “see and take a picture” places, so we didn’t spend too much time at either. But they were really neat to see!
Had afternoon tea. One of the things my mom wanted to do was have a traditional afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream. We picked a place that wasn’t too far of a walk and it was perfect! We ended up at the Dean Street Townhouse and the tea was warm and inviting, the scones were so delicious with the cream and jam, and my sister also got some finger sandwiches (she didn’t have a great lunch… no need to mention the place we went because nobody really enjoyed it.)
Explored Harrod’s. According to my parents, we used to stop at Harrod’s when we went into London because the kid’s floor had a Lego pit where me and my sister could play. This place is BONKERS, you guys! SO big! SO expensive! SO fancy! The food hall was INCREDIBLE! I got a doughssant (imagine a croissant deep friend and rolled in sugar…. I know….) and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever eaten. Seriously.
Even though we “took it easy” and really didn’t see as much as we could have, I feel like we still saw and did a TON in our short time in London! I’m already itching to go back – there is so much more to see and do there!