If I’m being honest, our London trip was a whirl-wind. As I was compiling the photos for these next few posts, I was shocked that I couldn’t remember what went where and where we were when. There were so many amazing things we did over three days (demonstrated by our step count) that I’m taking some creative freedom in these itineraries and doing my best to remember what followed what. That being said, I am going to touch on some major highlights of the city, so stay tuned.
We began our trip early on our first morning, in line, in the rain at the Churchill’s bunker. This spot was suggested by everyone we spoke to prior. The tour allows you to go underground into the bunker that was actively used during World War II when Churchill was prime minister.
It was amazing to see things as they were, considering that when the world ended, everyone pretty much abandoned things. also, the extensive insight into Churchill’s life was amazing to see. He really was a remarkable figure in British history.
One of my favorite parts of London was all the museums we visited. We spent a good portion of our morning at the National Gallery, perusing the exhibits and fawning over the paintings. A good majority of the museums were donation only, so a very inexpensive way to spend your time. We also visited the British Museum and the Tate Britain.
We were staying in the Double Tree by Hilton located in Westminster for the week, which was a great area. It was wonderful to walk around and right in the heart of where we wanted to be. We were minutes from Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and Big Ben, which was under construction during our visit. Apparently, it has been for awhile.
Another perk of our hotel was the array of local pubs nearby. My mom became obsessed with all the pies they served and while I didn’t necessarily share her affinity, I did have one amazing fish pie. It was hot and buttery, right from the oven. We also ate our fill of french fries (or crisps). I think I ate more crisps in two weeks than I ever have in my life.
By the end of our first day, Emily and I were hunkered down in our hotel watching old movies and snacking on chocolate chip cookies. I think we must’ve clocked 30,000 steps in twelve hours and we were exhausted. It was only day one, however, and there was still plenty more to see.