Visiting London has always been at the top of my list. I spent the whole time saying things like “Oh my gosh! We’re in London!” and “I could totally live here – the weather is awesome-possum!” So let’s just come out and say it – we love London! Not only is it home to the best TV show ever – Sherlock Holmes – but it’s also the place where one of my favorite movies takes place – The Young Victoria. We spent a lovely week walking, touring and sippin’ tea all over London.
We can’t wait to go back but for now here’s a small glimpse of our trip.
We were able to spend a lovely day with friends (best tour guides ever). We met at Leicester Square and walked to Trafalgar Square to get the quintessential view of the city. We then walked to Buckingham Palace and saw the changing of the guards. The Queen was too busy to have tea and scones with us but we did enjoy the view of the palace from the outer gates.
On our way back, we walked through St. James Park on our way to Downing Street, Big Ben, Westminster, and Parliament Square. We then climbed the 311 steps to the top of The Monument, which commemorates the Great Fire of London. I’m terribly afraid of heights but I knew I had to push through the fear… because we’re in London at a very famous monument! So, why not? Well, I’m happy to report that with everyone’s help I made it 309 steps. Then, I freaked out and couldn’t continue the last 2 steps. By the time we got down my hair was a mess but I was smiling because we each received a certificate for having climbed to the (almost) top.
Kensington Palace! Oh I just loved Kensington! Have I mentioned how much I love the movie The Young Victoria? We made sure to download the soundtrack so that while we toured the museum we could listen and sway to it in the background. I made sure to go in every room and sit and enjoy the view from every windowsill. Sadly, we visited the gardens too early and they were not in full bloom. Here’s a good tip for all you tea lovers – if you want to have tea at The Orangery make a reservation before your visit to Kensington. Sadly, we didn’t. Oh well, next time.
Afterwards, we walked to see the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall and then on to the Victoria and Albert Museum because I really really wanted to see the Wedding Dress Exhibition. There is no entrance fee to get into the V&A but there was a small fee to go into the main exhibition.
I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside of the Wedding Dress Exhibition but for all you romantics and wedding enthusiasts I really really recommend you go.
Across the street was the Science Museum, which we of course went in to. They had an exhibition on the history of modern communication, a large area about space travel and rockets, and lots of fun interactive displays. I made Keen shock himself on the large static electricity display. hehe!
If you’re like us, your favorite thing to do after a long day of museums is get lost and walk unnecessarily long distances trying to find a book store (which we eventually did find after several wrong turns and a couple wrong tube rides). We were so cold and tired we only spent a few minutes browsing the 5 floors of Foyles before we popped across the street for a recognizable yummy dinner – Chipotle. Thats right – nothing says London like tex-mex burrito bowls and Coke.
Can’t wait to share the rest of our week in London. We hope our itinerary gives you some inspiration and if you have any questions regarding the places we visited let us know. Cheers!