January 19, 2018

A London Travel Diary: Part II

Having lived in London, I've done a fair bit of what there is to do there. The Pilot, on the other hand, has only been to London twice (once for less than 24 hours!) and hasn't gotten up to as much! Our next few days in London, we spent playing tourist!

Our first stop the next morning was a few steps away from our Airbnb - Kensington Palace. When I lived in London, I lived a stone's throw from the palace and, maybe because of that, I have a soft spot for it. For a palace, it's relatively unassuming (as far as palaces go!) but inside, it's beautiful!

When we left, we strolled around my old neighborhood and grabbed a quick snack before making our way to Dalloway Terrace for afternoon tea. 

There are so many places to go for tea in London but we chose Dalloway Terrace because Candice Brown, winner of the 2016 season of the Great British Bake Off designed the menu! The food was phenomenal and the tea was perfect! We upgraded to the champagne service because, why not?

I really wanted to take The Pilot to Camden Market, so we made our way there and did a lot more shopping! Camden Market seems to have lost some of its punk edginess in the last 10 years but it's still a fun place to visit!

Next, we went on the Jack the Ripper tour. I had done one of these with some friends while I was living in London and loved it but the one we went on this time around was pretty disappointing. It was freezing and the tour lasted way longer than it should have. I wish I could remember the one I went on the first time but it was 10 years ago!  By the time we finally finished, we were desperate to warm up! We swung into The Alice, a nearby pub that had a great selection of craft beers and tried to thaw ourselves out.

The next morning, I woke up before The Pilot and went for a run in Hyde Park. I didn't  really start running until after I left London but I remember going for a run in Hyde Park a few times just to try to get in some kind of a workout. It was nice to get back to the park and revisit some of my earliest running days!

Of course, no trip to Hyde Park would be complete without a visit to Peter Pan!

When I finished my run, we made our way to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament and wandered around Green Park. 

After that, we went up to Baker Street to pay a visit to 221B! We didn't actually go inside the Sherlock Holmes Museum as there was a line outside (next time!) but I wanted to scope it out and visit the museum shop. 

From Baker Street, we took a train to Watford for the Harry Potter Studio Tour! I have so many thoughts about the tour and it definitely deserves its own post! It was seriously incredible but for now, I'll leave you with just a few pictures until next week! 

I can't wait to share all of the details about the tour! I laughed, I cried...it was seriously one of the best experiences I've ever had. I thought the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was cool but this was incredible. 

We got back to London (after buying so many Harry Potter things!) and had a fantastic dinner at Jamie's Italian in Piccadilly. 

Friday was our last day in London but luckily, we weren't flying out until the evening. We did some last minute shopping, stopped for brunch at 140 Portobello, and wandered around Portobello Market and Notting Hill. 

And with that, it was time to wrap up our trip and head back home! This was such a great trip to London! I wish we could have stayed longer (it's never enough) but I'm so glad we went back and I really hope we can make our way over again this year!

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