September is perfect for a long weekend in London.
After a very eventful morning of getting up and out of the house about 4 AM to find out my flight was delayed about 6 hours, I finally arrived in London, took the coach to Victoria Station, got turned around upon leaving the station, and walked about 5K to my hotel.
I figured as long as the River Thames was to my right, I would eventually find Trafalgar Square!
I walked past Big Ben and was in awe.
I finally checked in to the Thistle hotel.
I found a lovely welcome gift!
I loved seeing Trafalgar Square and all the people and fun performers!
Then I set out to explore that evening as much as I could.
I went east from Trafalgar Square and walked down the Strand.
I rushed to get me some Twinings Tea before they closed.
I couldn’t take ten steps without snapping pictures of churches, signs, history.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is just lovely.
I love the dichotomy of the modern Salvation Army building and the Saint Mary Somerset Tower.
I crossed the Milennium Bridge and walked back up by the river.
I was too tired to walk down to Tower Bridge, but I got this lovely picture.
I loved seeing Shakespeare’s Globe!
I got exhausted walking and took a river bus.
I loved seeing the Parliament building and Big Ben clocktower all lit up at night.
I ate fish and chips for dinner at Garfunkel’s.
I tried my first British Ale: Fuller’s London Pride. Gorgeous.
I ordered a traditional English breakfast with room service. It was just lovely. I heard the best breakfast is at Regency Cafe.
I took a taxi to King’s Cross Station.
And I had to do this before getting on my train!
There’s a fun Harry Potter shop where I got loads of gifts for my kids!
I grabbed a delicious steak and onion pasty for the train ride.
I spent the day exploring the UK Young Living offices.
I went to Chinatown when I got back to London.
I ate dinner at the Feng Shui Inn, because Sherlock.
I wandered around West End before collapsing in bed to watch Doctor Who.
I grabbed a great coffee from Pret a Manger.
I walked past Buckingham Palace.
Then I saw Westminster all aglow in the morning sunshine.
I spent all morning and afternoon in conference sessions.
I ate at a pub on the way home. Upstairs had a carvery, but there were no more seats. I ordered off the pub menu downstairs.
Look at all those gorgeous ales!
The waitress brought me a gorgeous ale sampler when I asked for suggestions.
This lovely Canadian couple sat next to me and took this picture of me.
I went to morning worship at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. They film it for BBC.
I went to the National Gallery where they had a special exhibit of van Gogh and Impressionists.
I explored Piccadilly Circus just as the market was closing.
I ate dinner at The Globe Pub.
I finally got my carvery! Just look at that Yorkshire pudding! With a pint of Truman’s Swift. This is a great beer!
Then since it was my last night, a pint of Camden American Pale Ale. I’m not usually a fan of pales, but this was good.
A final hurrah of cappuccino cake and mochaccino from Caffe Nero!
London is a great city to explore and I don’t think I would ever have enough time to do it right. I can’t wait to go back with the family and explore even more!
Get an Oyster card for the Tube.
To save on meals: Grab ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads from local markets (especially when they mark everything down at the end of the day!)
- Pret a Manger is great for coffee and sandwiches.
- Tesco is open late and has a great line of budget foods.
- Sainsbury’s is higher end than Tesco and has great cheese selections!
- Get gourmet takeout at Marks & Spencer.
- Whole Foods is just like home.