We are finally home from an amazing trip. Our last stop on our whirlwind tour of Western Europe was one of my favorite cities, London. I had been a few times before, but this was Adam’s first time and we made sure to cover as much as we could in the few days that we were there.
We felt that the best way to see as much of London’s tourist spots in the quickest amount of time was a walking tour, so we started our first day on a Sandeman’s free walking tour. We went to places like Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Park, Parliament, the Clock Tower (and Big Ben- the name of the clock inside the tower, not the actual tower), Westminster Abbey and St. James’ Palace. Hint: We stopped at St. James’ Palace at 12pm, just in time to see the end of the changing of the guards. This was much easier than having to fight the crowds at Buckingham Palace, so I would definitely recommend this!
After the tour, Adam and I ventured off to explore London ourselves. We walked along the River Thames, enjoying the sights like the London Eye, the Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, and the Tower Bridge. Along the way, we stopped at one of my favorite restaurants Wagamama (See my face in the picture below if you don’t believe how much I love their chicken katsu curry!).
During the days that we were in London, Adam and I made sure to fulfill our nerdiness by finding locations like the entrance to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and the Leaky Caldron in Leadenhall Market, Platform 9 and ¾ at King’s Cross Station, a Tardis at Earl’s Court, Sherlock Holmes’ home at 221b Baker Street, and finally Speedy’s Café where the current Sherlock TV show is filmed.
We both also enjoyed our visit to Camden Market for some eccentricity and shopping, our time in the British Museum (which is free, like most other museums in London!!), a walk across Abbey Road (which is a working road with a lot of oncoming traffic, beware!), and dinner at Nandos (peri peri chicken and French fries= heaven!).
I really love London. There is so much to do and see and appreciate. The city is full of art, history, culture, sports, fashion and a special elegance that you can’t really find in very many other places.