Although my home base while abroad was Italy, London was by far my favorite place. We spent a long weekend there, leaving early Thursday and coming back on Sunday, which gave us 2 full days to explore as much as possible.
One of the most striking things about London is how clean the city is and not crowded, yet it’s so full of life. There are people coming and going to work and couples and families out walking in the many parks around the city. I never felt overwhelmed though, which is usually how I feel when traveling to larger cities. Everyone we met there was so friendly and helpful, because navigating a foreign country at the age of 21 can be difficult, so when people are easy to talk to and willing to help, it makes the experience that much better!
We spent the first day getting settled in our Airbnb and grabbing dinner, since we had some travel delays. We also created a plan to see as much as possible in the little time we had. London has an underground system that makes it easy to travel place to place.
The first day, we went to Green Park, which leads you directly into Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives. We then went to Hyde Park, which is much larger than Green, and has many different places to go. We went to the Rose Garden, Princess Diana’s Memorial, and the Duck Pond. On the fly, we decided to rent a boat for 12 pounds, and spent an hour in the pond enjoying the sights and sounds. We then saw Kensington Palace. After that, we got onto the underground and went to Westminster Abby, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. We would have saw Big Ben too, but it’s been under construction for a while and was completely covered. We decided we had seen enough for the day, so we enjoyed Fish and Chips by the London Eye.
Queen Victoria Statue Outside of Kensington Palace
The Rose Garden in Hyde Park
Hyde Park Duck Pond
The London Eye
Fish and Chips
The next day, we spent some more time touring the city and finding the historical and significant landmarks. We went to St. James Park, which is right by Buckingham Palace. Our Airbnb was right near Green Park, so it didn’t take us long to get there. We then took the underground to Russell Square, and went to the British Museum, which was great because it didn’t cost any money! We went to St. Paul’s Cathedral after, and saw the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge. We decided to enjoy some High Tea later in the afternoon at Patisserie Valerie, where we ate scones, sandwiches, desserts, and had some tea, for 12.50 pounds each!
St. James Park Duck Pond
High Tea at Patisserie Valerie
Sunday we ate some breakfast and then headed back to our apartments in Italy! I absolutely loved this trip and can’t wait to go back to London in the near future!