It’s been about 5 months since I was in London, and I meant to put this us sooner, but it just kept getting pushed back! I really enjoyed London, but I definitely felt like we did too many things and didn’t relax and just enjoy the city like we wanted to. At least when I go back next i’ll have marked off most of the big sights and I can relax.
In no particular order, here are my top 5 favorite experiences from London:
- The Royal Opera
We bought tickets to the Opera on a whim and I really enjoyed it. Now, I do wish we would have seen a slightly shorter opera (we saw Oedipus Rex, it was nearly 3 hours long) but it was still fun. Of course I did feel funny in my Nikes and jeans, but I didn’t bring any fancy clothes.
2. High Tea
We went to high tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace. It was pricey, but the food was good and it was a great reason to sit back and relax after a full day of walking and sight seeing.
3. Pub Time
Pardon my unflattering photo of fish & chips, but this was my favorite meal in London. I generally don’t enjoy cooked fish, but I knew I had to try fish & chips in London. We went to a local pub that’s known for fish & chips and watched football (soccer) with all the locals. It was a great and unexpected experience.
4. Hyde & St. James Parks
I had a great time people watching and just laying on the grass in each of these massive parks. One day we grabbed sandwiches and had a picnic at Hyde Park, and another day we ate ice cream and relaxed at St. James Park. Definitely a great way to pause and enjoy the city life.
I know this is broad, but I really enjoyed all of the historic buildings, and i’m not a history person at all! We went through the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, but which were amazing in their own unique ways. Even for someone who is not a history buff, I found the art, architecture and storied past very interesting. If you have to pick a museum or a histoc building, skip the museum in my opinion.
Things I missed:
- City view – I like getting a city view when I visit big cities. Unfortunately we didn’t book reservations for anything so we had to miss out.
- Sunday Roast – We left London on a Sunday at 9pm so we planned to have Sunday roast, but we ended up in an area of town that didn’t have any of the places I had selected. We went into a random place, but we the roast wasn’t ready yet and I was starving.
Have you been to London? What were your favorite experiences there? Let me know with a comment below!