This summer Gabe and I took a big trip to England with close friends of ours, and it was such a dream. We started off with 5 days in London, 3 days in the countryside and 2 days back in London.
For the first half of the trip we stayed in an Airbnb down a little side street in Covent Garden, a neighborhood in the city center of London. It was a perfect oasis for the two of us. Equip with a full kitchen and sitting room we were able to keep up with a few routines we enjoy at home, like making eggs and coffee in the morning. This was our second trip to Europe (technically the UK is still part of Europe) together where we stayed in an Airbnb and I must say it’s probably our favorite type of accommodation. We love having the option of cooking at “home” after a long day of sightseeing, or saving a few extra bucks just grabbing some eggs, toast and avocados. Not to mention, I experience some pretty severe bloating when I travel so cooking my own meals helps me feel less gross, if you know what I mean.
I could spend a lot of time going through each detail of our time in London. There is an overwhelming amount of activities to do and sights to see. So instead there are 3 standout moments that I think really captured our experience.
1. One of my favorite things we did, and often do when we travel, was strolling through different neighborhoods and exploring, stopping to grab lunch or a cocktail whenever we needed a break. While this may not seem like much of a standout, the hours Gabe and I spent strolling and turning down whichever road called to us are some of the most memorable. We would chat and explore and find ourselves in little nooks like this colorful one…
2. Before we left the States we and our friends made a date to see “The Book of Mormon”, and this is not only a standout memory, but a MUST SEE if you ever get the chance to see it. We didn’t do any research on the plot, just knew from word of mouth that people loved it. If you’ve seen the show, you know what I mean when I say we were quite surprised by the humor and song lyrics. We loved the show so much we even listened to the soundtrack while driving through the countryside–but that’s all I’ll tell you about it so I don’t ruin it for anyone. Just know it’s hilarious and you simply must. Unless you are offended easily in which case, you shouldn’t.
3. Much like New York, London is a global city with representation of the finest cuisine around the world. We ate at really amazing restaurants from French to Indian and Italian and all were FANTASTIC! A few of our favorites were Dishoom (which had THE coolest interior design), Brasserie Zedel, The Wolesley, and of course Sketch for the most unique high tea experience.
There is still so much I’d love to see and explore in London, like the Winston Churchill War Room Museum or the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Guess that means we’ll have to go back sometime. Hopefully!