As I mentioned in my last post, I really liked the train ride to London. I know that sounds sarcastic, but it’s not at all. I really liked the train ride! The country-side was gorgeous and it wasn’t as fussy as flying. I wish we had a good train system in the US. It would really come in handy the 17 weekends a year I spend in Atlanta.
London was so different from Paris–I actually forgot that I was still in a European country sometimes. I rather liked it though–it was very… rock and roll, cool–for lack of a better term. And English accents make everyone seem chicer.
We had lots of good food, My favorite breakfast was at the Wolseley. They served tea in the most beautiful silver teapots (Sam, if you are reading this, take note) and apparently the “breakfast meeting” is HUGE in London, because all the men were in suits talking seriously. Sam had the most delish eggs benedict and I stuffed myself on pastries (when on holiday…)
We spent the rest of the morning wandering around Buckingham Palace and Saint James Park. They had the most incredible birds, (which I must admit, I know nothing about, so I took photos to show my dad, who knows everything about birds) and they were quite friendly to people, I suppose hoping for a crumb or two.
This little guy is the cutest little duck I’ve ever laid eyes on. I want him as a pet.
We walked up by 10 Downing Street (although you can’t go to the door anymore) and past the House Guards Parade, up to Trafalgar Square.
Then Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, where I dreamed about Kate Middleton getting out of her car on her wedding day.
We had the most amazing tea (so amazing that it deserves it’s own post). Fast forward to Experimental Cocktail Club, which was tucked away in Chinatown, up a dark stairwell. We went to ECC in Paris and I decided I should visit each location. (ECCNY, You’re next.) They have the best cocktails–my favorite was a foamy-cucumber potion.
The next morning, we had breakfast at Hawksmoor.
And made our way to the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.
We continued on our walk (without realizing quite how far it was until we were nearly there) to the Tate Modern. I love modern art and have wanted to go to the Tate Modern for years. My friend, Jackson, and his gf, Christine, told us to visit Borough Market, which ended up being one of our favorite things we did in London. Continuing the busiest day of my life, we took the tube (which is much smaller and more packed than the metro) up to Portebello Road. Such a picturesque area. We had Pho Stopped for a pitcher of Pimm’s in Camden and then hit the Eclectic Ballroom to see DJ Pretty Lights. (Which I got no photos of, but did get a pretty wicked instagram video of. Link at the top.)
We spent our last morning wandering around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. I found Peter Pan! We took a little detour on the way to King’s Cross St Pancras.
ABBEY ROAD! London was really amazing and looking back on these photos, I really wish we’d had more time to take in a little more. I’ll definitely find my way back!