TRIP RECAP: LONDON
When I was writing my 2017 Year in Review, I realized that I never posted about the few days we spent in London last spring so today I’m talking about a few of the places we visited in case you need ideas for your next trip! London is such a great city. It kind of reminds of me of NYC in that there are endless things to do no matter how many times you visit and all the neighborhoods have such distinct characteristics.
1. Fortnum & Mason: If you’re looking for a classic afternoon tea in London, look no further than the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. The food and service are both top notch! There are actually four options to choose from: traditional, savory, vegetarian, and high tea. We went with one traditional and one savory set. Everything is refillable (no extra charge) and there is a bonus slice of cake at the end! Additionally, the first floor is a giant department store where you can buy a variety of gourmet items. Besides tea, Billy and I stocked up with coffee, biscuits, and chocolate. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Picadilly, make a reservation at Fortnum & Mason!
2. Sky Garden: The Sky Garden is an indoor green space in the financial district. We met up with my blogger friend, Camille, while we were in London and she explained that all the skyscrapers have nicknames based on their appearance. The Sky Garden is also known as the “Walkie Talkie”. Visiting the Walking Talkie is a good way to get great views of London for free. You can make a reservation at one of the restaurants or get public tickets online. We did the public ticket and got a casual breakfast from the cafe in the main space.
3. British Museum: The British Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world and is one of London’s many free museums. With over 8 million pieces, you could spend your whole vacation in this museum. The exhibits feature works from all over the world, from over two millennia. For example, the most famous piece in the museum is the Rosetta Stone, which dates back to 196BC. My favorite gallery was the Enlightenment Gallery (pictured below right), which feels like you are in an entirely different museum.
4. Tower of London: The Tower of London is a castle located right on the Thames River with views of London Bridge. The Tower of London is probably most famous for its use as a prison, but it was also used as a royal residence and currently houses the Crown Jewels of England. We went on the Yeoman Warder Tour, which is included with the price of admission. It was both informative and entertaining! The tour was only 45 minutes, but I would consider allocating 3-4 hours for your visit.
5. Churchill War Rooms: Billy is a huge WWII history buff so I surprised him by adding the Churchill War Rooms to our itinerary. The War Rooms are an underground complex that served as a command center during WWII. Visitors can see where Churchill and his wartime cabinet strategized and slept. There is also a portion of the museum where you can explore Churchill’s personal life.
This was my second time in London. My first trip was a girl’s getaway. If you are curious, you can see posts from that visit here (afternoon tea at Sketch), here (what we saw), and here (what we ate)!