London was such a fun experience—the food, the sights, the people. It felt like every corner we turned held even more history than the last. We did so many amazing things in London, but for the sake of length, I’m only going to share my absolute favorites.
Borough Market: We started our first morning roaming Borough Market. Just watching all the different stands prep for their day was fascinating. Since it was early, we opted for breakfast-y things, so we went to a delicious coffee stand with the best mocha EVER, and tried some refreshing juice. If you guys ever get the chance to go, I would recommend aiming for lunch or dinner time so you can take advantage of their full range of offerings.
Harrods: This was definitely one of the places I looked forward to visiting the most. I couldn’t decide which was more stunning—the clothes or the building. Walking through each floor had me mesmerized. When we needed a break, we stopped for tasty tea and treats! I wish we had more places over here that made shopping more of a multi-sensory elevated experience the way they do. We can take some notes!
Boat Ride: London has quite a few boat options on the Thames—we ended up riding The Red River boat, and it was surprisingly one of my favorite things we did. Our tour guide was hilarious, which made all the difference. It was a great way to travel in London, because you get to learn and see so much along the way, hopping on and off at the various stops.
Bedales: After a long day of touring, we found ourselves with a little extra time before dinner, so we popped into a local wine bar, Bedales, back in the Borough Market district. It turned out to be a great choice. The wine was just what we needed; plus, our waiter was so friendly, and the cool vibes were contagious.
Antico: This was probably my favorite restaurant from the entire trip! We actually had changed our dinner plans when the waiter from the wine bar recommended this place, and we were so glad we did. It hit the spot on so many levels—simple, hearty, yet delectable! I wasn’t even craving Italian before we went in, but now I will be craving this place any time I’m in the mood for pasta.
The Shard: Being one of the tallest buildings in Europe, I was so excited to go up! It was unlike any sky scraper I had ever seen—looking almost unfinished. Once we got to the top we were greeted with Champagne and a view like no other. Seeing London from so high up was really special. They also had a really fun virtual reality ride I highly recommend.
MotoGp: Joel had been looking forward to this for months. I didn’t know what to expect, but I pictured something along the lines of Nascar, but with motorcycles. It ended up exceeding my expectations! The first thing that caught my eye was all the different food options! It felt like Off The Grid in San Francisco meets the Nevada County Fair. There were even a few rides! Just walking around and people watching was fun. Of course, Joel loved watching the motorcyclists make their rounds too, even though it scared me, ha!.
Dishoom: The last time I went to London I was introduced to Indian food for the first time, and I loved it! Then, once I was back in the States, I was never able to find something that matched the quality of the food I had enjoyed across the pond. While planning for the trip, I saw so many different bloggers recommending Dishoom; even my sister had heard of it, so I knew I needed to go. It was such a great experience! When we first arrived there was a long wait, but they have mastered how to deal with hungry people. First they give you a complementary drink outside while you wait; then they move you into the bar for more drinks and snacks if you like, and by the time your table is ready, it feels like you hadn’t been waiting at all! The food was so incredibly good. We even ended up ordering more after we finished our first round! Everything from the greens, to the prawns, to the naan was out of this world.
The Tower: Our hotel room was within walking distance of the infamous Tower of London, and getting to see it every day was incredible. We would walk along the outside and marvel at what must have occurred when it was occupied in its heyday. The most famous imprisonment and beheading probably being that of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry the VII. When we finally went inside, I was even more impressed. It is a museum of suits of armour and other artifacts of the period. Plus, seeing the Crown Jewels was pretty amazing too. At the top of the Tower there was an iconic view of Tower Bridge. It was a great way to finish the London portion of our trip.