Trip Post #4: London

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I know it’s been forever since I actually went on this trip and then blogged about it, but I still really want to get it all down. I’ve just been so busy lately! But I’m on Thanksgiving break now, so I have time!

So we flew from Shannon, Ireland to London, and it was the greatest morning of smoothness. Everything went well, and we were just way too pleased by it. We got to the bus station early, the bus was on time (though the bus fare system was still incomprehensible), we got to the airport way early, got to select good seats, had a delicious leisurely brunch at the airport (chicken sandwich w/ fries and a salad as always), the ride was smooth and short (though holy cow those puddle jumper planes feel like something my 3 year old nephew assembled out of legos).

We arrived in London and were informed that the underground workers were on strike. Greeeeaat. So we took a train to the city and walked quite a ways to our hotel. However, the weather was finally gorgeous. We had the best weather of our trip in London. Low 70s and sunny. It felt like heaven. And though our walk was long, much of it was through Hyde Park, so it was fairly pleasant (aside from our luggage).

And we stopped halfway through for some ice cream:

London GelatoWe finally got to our hotel, the Intercontinental, because my aunt works in the hotel industry and gets special deals.

Here we are enjoying our luxury:

London HotelAfter a little rest in the hotel, we asked our super nice concierge where we could get a big bowl of spaghetti for dinner (because that’s what I wanted), and he recommended Prezzo, which became our favorite restaurant (it’s a chain over there, so every time we’d see one, we’d point it out and get excited).

Look at this perfect dinner:

Dinner PrezzoThat parmesan.

ANYway. We also checked out Shepherd’s Market, which is a cute little area near our hotel with lots of restaurants and pubs.

After dinner, we walked back into our hotel room, and as soon as I opened the door, I panicked and thought we had gotten the wrong room because the lights were on (but dimmed), and the tv was playing, so I thought someone else was in there! Turns out, the staff had just done the “turn down service” thing which I had apparently never before experienced. They also left little treats (fruit, bottled spring water, cookies). It was fun, but slightly unsettling. Also, the bathroom had a phone in it, and an adjustable speaker that plays the audio from the tv, so you won’t miss a thing!

The next day, we got a really heavy, greasy, authentic English breakfast at a deli called Piccolo.

English Breakfast Piccolo LondonWe took a hop on bus tour, with a cutie patootie guide named Gavin. After that, we napped at the hotel, and then did some site-seeing and took a river cruise.

London Bobbies

London Big Ben
Pretending Big Ben is too loud. We are hilarious
Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower Bridge London
Tower Bridge London
London Buildings
London Buildings: The Cheese Grater, The Gherkin, and The Walkie-Talkie
Eye London
The London Eye

We visited the bustling Picadilly Circus area (similar to New York’s Times Square), and got some more spaghetti (my craving wasn’t satisfied yet) at a place called Caffe Concerto, where we chatted with some Australian expats sitting next to us.

The next morning we had breakfast at Tyburn Pub, a place on the way to the train station (Paddington) so that I could head off for a day-trip to Bath while Aunt Lyn did some more site-seeing in London.

Bath was lovely, the weather was nice, and the town was cute. I arrived with a bunch of other travelers, who promptly hopped in line at the Roman Bath museum. I took one look at that long line, and waited it out by getting some lunch at a place called The Courtyard Cafe.

Courtyard BathThe cafe was across the way from Sally Lunn’s, which makes world famous buns.

Sally Lunn BathI went to Bath intending to get one, but when I got there, they just didn’t seem appealing to me, so I skipped them and went back to the museum, which no longer had a line!

Roman Bath 2

Roman Bath 1It’s apparently a natural hot springs which was in use during the time of the Roman Empire. Of course, it’s been preserved since then, but there are sections that are quite genuinely ancient-looking.

I wandered the town a bit, and came across a cute little flea market.

Bath Street

Bath

Flea Market BathI got another ice cream cone from Hyde Park on my way back from the train station, and Aunt Lyn and I headed over to Harrod’s, the most extravagant department store in the world. I don’t even know how they let us in.

We enjoyed the children’s clothing area, where we found girls’ dresses for only $2000.

This adorable girls’ headband was like $50. To be fair, it’s real fur. ick.

Harrods 2Most people there were actually shopping. Like, for stuff that they were going to buy. With their money. Who are these people??? We just had fun getting each other to guess just how crazy expensive the next item was.

Outside the store, someone had parked this golden Ferrari:

Harrods FerrariAll of the restaurants nearby were designed for oil barons, so we got dinner at our ol’ pal Prezzo again!

Prezzo London 2

Prezzo LondonOur last morning in London, we had breakfast at Sofra, a Mediterranean restaurant in Shepherd’s Market, and headed to the train station for York!

Breakfast Zofra's London

 

 

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