3 Days in London
The last stop for our two week European vacation was to spend the next 3 days in London. We arrived in the afternoon after taking a short flight from Amsterdam to London. We stayed at the London City Hotel, which was an affordable hotel due to the shared bathroom. Traveling on a budget here until I win the lottery one day.
We did a LOT of sightseeing during our trip to London. In the city we saw Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, and lots of other sights while walking around. We also took a day trip out to visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford.
Our first day spent in London was pretty relaxed. I wanted to eat a very British lunch so we stopped at Micky’s Fish and Chips before sightseeing. We then set out to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and strolled through Green Park on the way to the underground. Getting around London is super easy. We just used the underground (and each purchased an Oyster card for unlimited metro use during our stay) and then walked around for sightseeing. We went our for dinner and drinks at The Trinity, which was an awesome pub right next to our hotel.
Our second day had a very early start as we set off on a day trip sightseeing tour through Evan Evans Tours to see Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford. The first stop was Windsor Castle. It was beautiful to walk around the castle! Except for the room with all the dolls. That part was weird. The whole surrounding area of the castle was nice too. There were a lot of little shops and a park nearby. We grabbed lunch at a shop on the way back to the tour bus.
Stonehenge was our second stop and the one I was most excited about. I was worried I would be disappointed BUT it was awesome! (At least I thought it was.) The regular tickets that we had only allowed us to walk around the path of the stones and not actually get up close to them. They do have special passes for people to get up close to them though, so that would be cool to do. Anyway, we hung out there for about half an hour, took a bunch of pictures, and then went back to the bus for our last stop of the day, Oxford.
Oxford was the most disappointing part of our tour. It was rushed and we didn’t even get to go in the library where Harry Potter was filmed. It’s a beautiful area though, from what I saw during our short walk around the town. We arrived back at the station in the late evening after an entire day full of sightseeing. It was a fantastic experience and I am very happy we decided to do the day tour.
A few blocks away from our hotel was this fantastic Indian restaurant, Simply Indian, where we decided to go for dinner. I’m not typically a fan of Indian food but this restaurant was AMAZING. There are a ton of Indian restaurants in London so I would highly suggest checking one out if you happen to visit London one day.
On our last day in London, and on our trip, we set out to spend the day exploring The Tower of London. It was really fun to walk around. The Tower of London is also home to the Crown Jewels, so that was interesting to see in person. They focus A LOT on British history, which Kyle and I both care little about, however we still enjoyed the experience.
The London Bridge is right now to the Tower of London, so it was good place to snap some pictures of the bridge. We then walked around the city a little bit before calling it an early day to prepare on the long trek home.
London is such an awesome city! It’s fun, there’s a lot to explore, and the food is AMAZING. We only ate around our hotel and it was all so good, so I can imagine there are a lot of great restaurants all over the city. It’s a little bit expensive, so plan wisely as far as what to do and where to stay. They speak English, so it’s obviously easy to get around for Americans, but you still won’t understand everything they say. Overall, a really awesome place to visit. This was my second trip here (first trip was with my best friend and her family in 2005) and I would be happy to go back and visit more places in the city one day.