Cheerio London! It took us only a year to get back and this time we were able to see some neighborhoods and sites we didn’t get to explore last time. We did revisit a couple favorite spots – Borough Market + Big Ben! (Standard Tourist Photo Op) The Borough Market wasn’t in full swing last year since we went between Christmas & New Years. This time we got the real taste of it- Friday lunch hour mayhem. And boy did we have fun! Speaking of boys, there were a lot of them on their lunch hour grabbing a bit to eat with their mates. Good thing it was only an hour because we would have stayed there all day ‘shopping’ around. (Well at least one of us would have! ) In this post we will highlight some of our favorite moments of the trip. Hotel and Eats will be featured in our next post!
Big Ben/ London Eye
We loved strolling the River Thames and taking some photos in front of The London Eye and Big Ben. Best part – the weather was great…it was sunny!!
The Borough Market is a great place to buy tea, cheese, baked goods and lunch! We sampled some Indian and Mediterranean food. We also couldn’t walk out of their without buy cheese to take back to the States as well as a chocolate chip cookie for the road! What were we going to eat on our stroll across the London Bridge (while getting photo bombed by the Tower Bridge) to St. Pauls’ Cathedral and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
If we were to live in London, this is the neighborhood we would choose to live in. It’s away from the “tourist” areas, yet it’s still close enough to the city center. There are great restaurants, shops and parks to hang out in. Be sure to keep your eyes out while walking down Kings Road or having dinner at Cross Keys – you might see a footballer or ruby captain! J More on where to eat in Chelsea in next post!
Notting Hill / Portobello Market
Last time we were in London, we only got a taste of Notting Hill due to time constraints. This time, we were able to have breakfast and walk through the Portobello Market. The Market was great, but we were overwhelmed by the large crowd and cut out early and headed to Westbourne Grove where there were more boutiques. More our style! Lovely neighborhood!
St. Paul’s Cathedral
After crossing the London Bridge, we decided to walk down Cannon Street passed St. Paul’s Cathedral on our way to Ye Old Cheshire Cheese. The Cathedral is massive and gorgeous. It also was the location of the longest line of double decker buses we had seen.
Located in the former Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day. It also is home to international modern and contemporary art. We got to see Andy Wahol’s Marilyn Diptych 1962 piece along with other interesting exhibits. Another reason we stopped into the Tate Modern was the view from the café. Unfortunately that was closed, so we didn’t get to check that off our list. There is always next time, right?