London has all of the ingredients of a great city–rich history, impressive historical buildings, great food, modern architecture and skyscrapers, and a healthy nightlife scene. For English speakers like myself, the native language and impeccably clean and easy to navigate Underground makes it really easy to get around in the city.
We did so much that I don’t have the time or space to cover it in on blog post, so I’ll be posting as I can during my last day and a half in Europe and also when I’m home.
Here’s an overview of what we did every day (I will link the subsequent blog posts below as I’m able to write them):
Thursday–arrived at night, ate at a pub called The Shakespeare, walked by Buckingham Palace
Friday-toured Westminster Abbey, saw the outside of Houses of Parliament, went in the London Eye, had lunch in another pub, toured the Tower of London (which includes seeing the Queen’s jewels), went up into the Tower Bridge, and had dinner at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
Saturday-saw Churchill’s War Rooms, saw the changing of the guard, walked through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, shopped in Hatchard’s, the oldest bookstore in London, shopped at Harrod’s, the famous department store, had tea at Harrod’s, saw Les Miserables on the West End
Sunday-toured Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, had lunch at our final pub, toured the inside of Buckingham Palace, tried to get close to 10 Downing St., saw Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station, and headed home to Paris.
…whew. It was a jam-packed weekend but so much fun (and as we kept reminding ourselves, much less stressful than Rome. Details and stories will come in subsequent blog posts, but leaving soon for our last full day in Europe!