I am finally going to share with you our adventures during our first trip to London and how we spent our weekend there before heading to Paris (which I will be sharing next). Grab a cup of tea for this long post and get ready to plan your visit to London!
After our non-stop flight from Dallas to London, we checked into the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel (see my post on the hotel here) and we made sure to request an early check-in so we could freshen up and grab some breakfast before heading out to explore!
I love using the public transportation to get around and the Tube is super easy to navigate! If you will be there a few days, load up an Oyster card and check which zones you will be exploring in! Since our trip, they now have an app that works with Apple Pay which I will be trying out on my next visit. We headed first to see Big Ben of course!
We walked around the corner over to Westminster Abbey which is amazing. I always love to visit churches in Europe. They are so much older than our country and have so much history. Especially Westminster Abbey. Most churches and abbeys are free to enter, but the Abbey is not. Is is £20, but it includes an amazing audio tour with the history. Give yourself at least an hour to visit and make sure to check the opening and closing times so you don’t visit too late.
You aren’t allowed to take photos inside the Abbey (which makes this photographer sad!), but you can in the cloister and surrounding areas. Next, we walked across the bridge over to the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city. We were there on a weekend during peak season, so we waited quite awhile in line. The next time I visited, I made sure to buy fast track tickets online in advance. Worth it if you are visiting during a busy time of year!
Of course a telephone booth photo was a must! You can see my full outfit details on this post! I wore these faux leather leggings for comfort on our flight with the chambray shirt as an extra layer for when I was cold on the plane. The hat is just a must while traveling and having to conceal unwashed hair. 😉 We walked past the beautiful St. James Park towards Buckingham Palace.
Not sure if the queen was home, but we took some photos! Also, do you like how Clint and match?? We have a black and gray obsession. By this time we had been awake way past 24 hours and we headed back to the hotel for a nap and a casual dinner!
I was always a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and had read all the books when I was younger, so I had to make a stop at 221b Baker Street to visit the museum. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and know the stories, you will appreciate all the small details throughout the apartment that tie into the books. But if you aren’t, skip the overpriced ticket and just visit the neat gift shop. I made sure to pick up something for my Sherlock loving sister.
Next, we walked to Kensington Palace. Inside, everything was displayed more like a museum then how it had actually been. I expected something a little more like Versailles where every room was persevered to how it had been. There were a lot of neat items that told of the royal family. The tickets were a little expensive, but buy online or visit in the winter for a lower rate.
Exploring the gardens with my big camera of course.
We meet up with the sweetest local photographer, Kate who took us to the Victoria & Albert Museum. There was an amazing wedding gown exhibit there! I love that the museums in London are free! How great it that? You just leave a donation and pay to enter any special exhibits. I wish we would have had more time on this trip to explore more museums.
Afterwords, we stopped for some tea at Harrod’s, which you can’t miss! You could spend a whole day there easily! We then walked around Chelsea, which I loved and we had dinner at Carluccio’s which Kate recommended! When traveling in foreign countries, it can be hard to find good food. I like to ask locals if I can for recommendations or check TripAdvisor to view the menu and recent reviews.
On our third day, we got a late start due to jet lag. We headed out for lunch at Madison that my friend, Helen recommended and it had an amazing view of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
I have heard that climbing to the top of St. Paul’s makes for an amazing view, but since we had done the London Eye, we decided to pass on it.
It was another beautiful day, perfect for walking around. You can check out these outfit details here. We walked across Millennium Bridge and down the Thames towards Tower Bridge for some photos.
We crossed Tower Bridge and headed over to the Tower of London. But we arrived late in the afternoon and we didn’t have time to do the tour and see everything before it closed which we were sad about! Make sure to visit early in the day because you can spend several hours there. I am thankful I got to go back this year and see it all including the crown jewels!
We decided to take the Tube over to the famous Abbey Road crossing. This was a cute area of London and I made a note of it for the next time when searching for AirBNBs.
There were a lot of people trying to get a shot in the crosswalk and we managed to get one of our own too!
Next we wandered over to Notting Hill. It is so adorable with its colorful houses and I could easily spend a lot of time taking photos here!
From there we wandered down to Kensington.
We had breakfast for dinner at My Old Dutch Pancake House which was super fun!
And our last stop before it got dark was to see Trafalgar Square and take a few more photos!
And there you have it! How we spent a weekend in London! We were so thankful to have beautiful sunny days for exploring. There is so much you could see and do while in London and we could easily spend a week there, but we hit the highlights before taking the Eurostar to Paris. More of our time in Paris coming up next! I would love to hear of your favorite places in London and surrounding areas for our next visit!