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London Calling

In early May, there is a “grand weekend” in France (extra long weekend), and we wanted to jet off somewhere close by to take advantage of the four days’ holiday. After looking at several options we settled on London, very easily reached by a short flight from the Tours airport, not too far from our home in Loches. We were super excited about it as London hadn’t originally fit into our travel plans this year. Our thought process is that in a few years, we’d like to spend an entire summer in the UK, so we would explore it then. In any case, we found ourselves with three full days in London. Seeing as it was our first time there, we knew we would take in lots of the big sights, spending our days wandering the core of the city.

st james pond reflection

View across the lagoon in St James Park.

the guards at buckingham

Brief peek at the front of Buckingham Palace.

horses coming

We didn’t watch the changing of the guard, but we did catch sight of the horse guard coming down the street.

horses going

Horse butts!

What an amazing place! We literally barely scratched the surface of all there is to see in London, but we all know we’d love to go back. The kids chose the London Eye as their pick to visit, and those who know me well won’t be surprised to hear that my pick was a day at the Harry Potter WB Studios. More on that later!

phone booths!

Requisite phone booth photos!

buildings near harrod's

Gorgeous buildings 🙂

building + underground

We had a great little flat in Kensington right near High Street. On our first morning, we wandered past Buckingham Palace, through St James Park, past Trafalgar Square, and to Harrod’s (which the kids adored). We did all those silly touristy things like riding in the top of a double decker bus, and taking photos in all the phone booths! We lucked out with incredible weather, it was hot and sunny all weekend right up until the morning we left, so spending our days wandering the streets and hanging out at the park was the perfect plan.

harrod's full view

Harrod’s!

harrod's lego

Lego Harrod’s!

harrod's caran d'ache display

This Caran D’Ache colour coded wall made my heart sing

harrod's caviar bar art nouveau

Loved the art nouveau tiled ceiling at the caviar bar in Harrod’s.

After a quick picnic lunch, we carried on to the river and walked along the waterfront, across the Tower Bridge,and past the Tower of London. We’d decided before we even arrived that we wouldn’t go inside any attractions or museums other than the couple that we’d chosen. There are just simply too many things to see, and we had so little time and didn’t want to feel too rushed.

tower bridge top

We loved the Tower Bridge!

tower bridge angle

tower of london with new background

Cool skyline old + new

buildings

That evening, we ducked into a great pub for dinner before making our way back to our flat to rest our weary feet from a very full and fun day. Here are a few more photos from our first day in London, I’ll be back with day two tomorrow!

gloucester pub

So gorgeous how all the London pubs have beautiful greenery and flowers out front.

gloucester drinks

This is our version of Afternoon Tea. I was so happy to have a Pimm’s cup again after almost a year!

pimms sign

tower of london drawbridge

Tower of London

tower of london grass and tower

tower of london tower

tower of london grass front

I love how London seems to seamlessly blend history with modern architecture.

old vs new

beer and pie tasting

Derek’s dinner — a beer and pie tasting at a great pub — Hung, Drawn + Quartered.

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