“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” – Samual Johnson
The beginning (and end) of my Europe vacation was in London. We flew in on British Airways and planned to spend a few days there before heading to the south of France.
London was a must on our list for a few reasons. My little sister, who was my travel companion, had studied abroad in London. And as such, she wanted to visit again. I, too, had wanted to revisit the charming city. Plus, Heathrow is such a convenient hub for flights into Europe.
We visited a lot of places while in London, but I thought I’d point out a few of my favorites.
The Royal Gardens
I love visiting villas and gardens, and so two hot spots for me are Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. I’m definitely all about the Royals, so it’s fun to stroll through the gardens around Kensington Palace. Hey, you never know when there might be a Will and Kate sighting.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a peaceful stroll while in London, head over to Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park. This little Japanese tea garden was a gift to the city to commemorate the long friendship between Great Britain and Japan. It includes beautiful gardens, a koi pond, a waterfall, free-roaming peacocks, and more!
Cozy Little Nooks
Looking for an adorable place to grab a drink? Make sure to hop over to The Churchill Arms. It’s this charming little pub in Kensington that will give you all the feels. Another great option is the George Inn in Southwark. It’s a historic pub that has plenty of outdoor seating if you’re looking to enjoy a cold beer on a warm night.
For some added color, another place you should visit is Neil’s Yard in Convent Garden. It’s a vibrant alley full of restaurants, bars, and shops. We ate at Homeslice Pizza. Get a slice of the Mushroom, Ricotta, Pumpkin Seed, and Chilli pizza. It’s SO good. I’m still dreaming about it.
Because tea is a must in London, right? Then make sure to check out the ever-quirky sketch. It’s a tea room that transforms into an evening cocktail lounge in SoHo. We went for their afternoon tea in the Gallery, which starts at about £45 per person. You’ll get a never-ending supply of tea and finger foods served to you on the most adorable tableware. I’d recommend the Vanilla Tea. It’s so yummy! Plus, for a little extra, you can sip on bubbly pink champagne in style.
Alright, guys. Until next time…
Let’s go places,
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