Tuesday, March 29, 2016

First time in London

 Nothing is certain in London but expense.  William Shenstone 

First time in London


When we planned our last trip to Europe, we knew we wanted to go to London.   I went when I was in college but it was David's first time.   It was a completely different experience,  as you grew old you see things with different eyes.   I enjoyed to be able to show David places where I have been before and tell him my stories of traveling on a student budget. 

London is a city full of history and landmarks that maybe will take years to discover all. We planned a 5 days itinerary in which we tried to eat, see, and experience the most quintessential sights. This is an itinerary planned for someone who visit London for the first time. 

We didn't have time to do all we wanted to do.  I will share what we did and what we didn't but wish we did.  I will mark with * the ones we skipped or made a short visit. In order to save time we pre-booked some attractions.

Day 1
Walk from the hotel (Mondrien hotel) to the Westminster bridge.  From there walk to the National Gallery and visit Picadilly circus.

Day 2
Eat crumpets for breakfast.  Change of guard at Buckingham Palace.  Walk around Hyde park. Shopping at Harrods.  Visit the Natural History Museum.  Ride the double decker.  
Optional: Victoria and Albert Museum*
  
Day 3.
Breakfast at Sky Pod*.  Tour the Tower of London.   High tea at Fortnum&Mason.  A total highlight of the trip.  I recommend to book in advance.

Day 4.
Eat english breakfast at "The riding house cafe".  Visit the British Museum (my favorite museum in London) and the British library.   Walk to King Cross station to the Platform 9 3/4 (I am a Harry Potter fan).
Take the tube to go to Notthing hill*.  (Sadly we didn't have enough time to walk around! An excuse to go back to London).  

Day 5.
Ride on the London eye.  Tour Westminster abbey.  Shopping at Oxford St.  30 minutes photo shoot booked though Flytographer.  Dinner at Oxo Tower Restaurant. 

First time in London

First time in London

First time in London
First time in London

First time in London

First time in London

First time in London

4 comments :

  1. Looks like you had an amazing time! We were in London a few years ago and your post brought back memories of when I was there, especially shopping on Oxford street Haha! Lovely pictures too, dang I missed the 9 3/4 ;)
    P.S: So glad to connect with another Seattle blogger :)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting! London is amazing, so much to do. I am sure you had a great time.
      I visited some years ago and the 9 3/4 wasn't as it is now. There is a store and a photographer with props.
      I hope we can meet soon in one event of the group.

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  2. Oh man, this really makes me want to visit again! I would have loved to have made it to King Cross for the 9 3/4 platform on our last trip but only had a short time there! :(

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    1. Hi Jenn! It's for fans. I wanted to visit some real locations but it is impossible to do and see everything. We have an excuse to travel to London again

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