London is like the NYC of Europe. A city that never sleeps and there’s more to do than our mere day and a half allotted for. We always take to the streets and do as much walking around the city as possible.
Our first stop was Buckingham Palace with hopes to see the new princess to be. No such luck as they were out of town. The Palace, however, is beautiful. Giant golden gates, details down to the inch, guards with the tall furry hats, and plenty of photo opportunities. The Queen Victoria statue sits out front of the Palace and is quite the site as well. Lovely stone statue with a gold angel on top.
We took a stroll through St. James Park admiring the wildlife and the people walking through, ending up around the Parliament where Big Ben awaited us. Unfortunately, the clock tower was covered in scaffolding due to restoration efforts, but still a bucket list item to see. We, of course, had to take a photo with our terrible towel and shout out the Steelers on IG, which they ended up reposting! So cool!
Across the bridge was the Eye. A giant Ferris wheel overlooking all of London. We didn’t take a ride, but plan to next time. We walked past the eye and found a gentleman making bubbles as tall as Lindsay! Fun to watch. Just past our bubble making friend was a quaint Christmas market. We saw a sign for a Cider Lounge and headed right in. We grabbed a few pints of cider and relaxed on a couch. We noticed some food stands outside on the way into the lounge and decide to give Mac to the Future a try. Best decision ever because Mac n cheese is life and a Back to the Future theme is even better. We had the Great Scott and it was DELISH!
We made our way back through town to Piccadilly Square which is equivalent to Times Square. Huge tv screens with advertisements playing, street performers, and all the shopping a shopaholic should never be around. Had to take the obligatory red phone booth photo too!
Our friend Kristen recommended Gordon’s wine bar so we gave it a go. The entrance is on a side street and you go downstairs to a cave like underground experience. Delicious cheese selections and oh my goodness the wine! You know it’s a good place when the sign says “don’t ask for beer or spirits, this is a wine bar”. We sat at a small table in the corner of the cave enjoying and relaxing. On our walk back to the hotel, we walked through Apple Market admiring the booths and the Christmas tree!
The next morning we spent in a lovely Italian cafe (amazing pasta) working on some things for our travel agency and blogs. We wish we had more time in London, but that just means we will have to return soon!
Enjoy the Ride,
Justin and Lindsay