travel guide: london

For every bit as quaint and cozy as Scotland was, London introduced the bit city vibe we hadn’t yet encountered. This was evident the moment we arrived at the train station, where we were bypassed by groups of stylish people, showcasing trends I had yet to see on display in the US. Lucky for us, we had arrived to some summer weather so I was very eager to swap my Scottish sweater for a sundress {finally!}

Our hotel was located right in the heart of the of the city, where electronic ads {similar to a Time Square set-up} collided with historical stone high-rises. The area was crowded with people, swerving double decker buses, souvenir shops, quaint cafes and pubs alike. Walk 10-15 minutes in either direction, and we could view renown sites such as Big Ben, The London Eye, or The Tower of London. We managed to squeeze in visits to many of these places, with room to experience the amazing London shopping scene, even fitting in a classic English “tea time.”

Our schedule was jam-packed with activities, but below are my top 10 must-do’s based on my experiences in London:

  1. Get a tour of the Tour of London from a knowledgeable {+ comedic} Beefeater
  2. Experience London’s theater scene by attending a play in the West End {we saw + loved The Bodyguard}
  3. Rent lawn chairs + grab an ice cream cone in the beautiful + lush Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens
  4. Ride the London Eye {preferably at sunset} for a 360 view of the city from above
  5. Book a day on the Big Bus, a double-decker bus tour, for an easy way to see the town and all it’s monuments
  6. Visit Buckingham Palace for the regal experience of the changing of the guards
  7. Shop the streets of Piccadilly Circus, a collection of both high-fashion + touristy stops alike
  8. Have tea time, complete with finger sandwiches + sweets, at The Wallace
  9. Pay a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, for a history course on WWII + this great British leader
  10. Stroll through the extravagant floors of the famous Harrods department store

My overall take: London was the perfect “do-all” destination. After a bit of down-time in Scotland, I loved having a large city to shop, taste + explore. With so much to experience, we definitely stayed busy. I recommend at least a 3 day visit to allow ample time to sightsee highlight attractions, while enjoying some personal time to enjoy the culture {pubs, stores, scenery} as well. Don’t forget to pack a pair of comfy walking shoes!


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    Bri DePauw (@BriCDePauw)

    What hotel did you stay at? I’m going in November!


      Hi Bri! We stayed at the Le Meridien in Piccadilly + loved it! Enjoy your trip! 🙂