London, England

We originally decided to visit London to see my brother Patrick who moved for work a few years ago. Every time I come to visit him it reminds me how much I love this city! It has beautiful buildings, is super clean and there are a million different places to explore.

We stayed at the Hilton London Tower Bridge because it was close to his apartment, but I would also recommend the The Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone or The Rubens at the Palace if you were looking for something with a little more character. Our first stop when we arrived was to jump on the tube and pop into a pub of course, it was a Friday after work and the pub was overflowing with people happily closing out the week with a pint. We walked across the street for dinner at a little Italian restaurant in SOHO called Mele e Pere where I had amazing truffle gnocchi. The next morning we started out the busy day of touristing by walk through the Borough Market. If you are a foodie (or even just hungry) I would definitely check it out, it’s amazing! The options are endless from classic fish and chips, to spicy paella, Indian specialties, salted beef sandwiches, fresh fruits and even sweet treats. From here we decided to burn off our feast by walking along the river to see some of the main London highlights – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park and Buckingham Palace. We stopped into a rooftop garden bar on our walk and I tried a popular cocktail in London called the Pimms Cup. It was delicious and super refreshing; I’m already planning a Pimms Party for the summertime back home. We passed the London Eye but didn’t jump on this trip, but it is definitely worth the view if it’s your first time to London! From here we walked through Piccadilly Circus, it is a busy area with lots of people, shops and restaurants. That night we went to dinner at a great spot called Zelman Meats with a group of friends and ordered a ridiculous amount of tasty meats, sides and wine. Since we only had one day to explore we didn’t have time to squeeze in all the tourist activities, but I have outlined a few other recommendations below if you have more time!

  • Have a picnic in Hyde Park

  • Take a ride on the London Eye

  • Walk through the Tower of London

  • Check out the view from the Strand

  • Explore Portobello Market in Notting Hill on Saturday mornings

  • Take a peak in St. Pauls Cathedral

  • Have a trendy tea at Sketch! in the pink room

  • Deck and Waffle – This spot gets very busy, so make a reservation ahead of time! Amazing view of the city!

  • Choose between a Burger and Lobster for lunch

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