This week we are on Winter break. Everyone is traveling to different places.Jon and I met my sister and her husband in London! We had this planned since December. I accomplished everything I wanted to do on this trip and more; definitely, one of my favorite places and I would definitely go back!
I stayed at an Airbnb in Chelsea on Finborough Street. It’s more of the residential side of London. I loved that everywhere we went we saw Ferraris, Lambos, BMW, and Mercedes on the road or casually parallel parked on the street.
London is so beautiful and there is so much more I wanted to do. But here are the things I got to experience:
FOOD, DRINKS, & VIEWS
- Troubadour. Our Airbnb host recommended this place. It was right down the street from where we stayed. It’s a very popular pub where Prince Harry was spotted hanging out at before. Their food was great. I totally forgot to save pics.
- Bao Fa: We went here because we were all super hungry and didn’t know where else to go. They had very good Chinese food. It’s right next to the London eye so it’s little more on the expensive side.
- Bills: Cute rustic spot with great breakfast food for a reasonable price. They also serve lunch and dinner. The food was very fresh!
- Peggy Porchen: A lot of the bloggers I follow post pics here so I thought I’d try it out. I got the caramel tea and cookie and cream cupcake. Cupcakes are 4-5 pounds each. It was kind of pricey for a cupcake, but it was pretty good. The guys didn’t like being dragged here but they ate more cupcake than we did!
- Sky garden: Reservation for a free visit is open for 3 weeks at a time. Since sunset was around 5p.m. I booked ours at 4:30p.m so we can see the London sky change from light to dark. At the top, you get an amazing 360 view of London. I highly recommend going here!
- Honest burger: A burger chain that had a good vibe and burgers! Don’t forget chips actually means fries when you see it on a menu.
- Coppa club Tower Bridge: Dine inside or outdoor inside an igloo. You also get a great view of the tower bridge and Shard building! They had very good food and drinks for a reasonable price as well. I made reservations for the igloo ahead of time.
- Borough Market: Another MUST go place. So many food options, I wanted to eat everything there. I forgot the name of the stand where I got this Veal (beef) wrap, but it was literally one of the best things I had while I was there.
- Ice cream Parlour: This is on the 2nd floor inside Harrods. Delicious gelato break while you’re shopping.
- Amorino: There are many locations of this gelato place all over the world. Mix as many flavors as you want into a rose.
- Churchill arms: There are plenty of pubs in London of course, however, this one is special because it’s an English pub that serves Thai food. Sign up online for a free pint of any beer or glass of wine. This place is so unique. I definitely want to go back in the summer when it’s blooming with flowers outside.
- Notting Hill: Make your pinterest dreams come true by visiting the colorful houses in this area. Porbello street is a long road with many shops and restaurant. The side streets are where the colorful houses are.
- Arancina: We stumbled across this place while walking. They won a tripadvisor award for their pizza. It was $4 pounds for a slice (enough to fill you up). Soo good!!
- Regent Street: The famous shopping street. Watch out for cars when you run to the middle to take a pic and keep in mind they drive on the opposite side of the road!
- Harrods: Over a million square feet of luxury and everyday items. Let’s just say if I won 3 million dollars, this would be the first place I’d go to.
Westminster Abbey: 20 pounds to get in. 17 pounds with student ID. Worth it
House of Parliament: Big ben. Amazing and huge
London Eye: I didn’t go on it
Tate museum: Modern art and some of the floors are free entry!
Shakespeare globe: I didn’t go inside
Buckingham Palace: We got to see the Changing of Guards. Look online for the schedule and get there early for a good spot!