London Guide

Hip hip cheerio! Travel with us to London where the tea is strong and the people are proper. As a lifelong member of AAA, we got our hotel recommendation from from them and it was just beautiful. St. Ermin’s hotel is an oasis in the middle of one of the greatest cities in the world. Situated within walking distance to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and many quaint shops and pubs, walking into the hotel felt like you were not in a city at all.

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They provided tea in the rooms for breakfast, afternoon and dinner to my delight.

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SHOPPING:

Harrods (Of course) - Harrods reminds me of Saks 5th Ave in NYC. It’s many levels of designer clothing can make you stand in awe and be overwhelmed all in the same moment. If shopping the high-priced brands, isnt something you’re into, I still highly recommend that you go! Here’s why… Harrods is iconic. It is in movies, TV shows, and is known globally.

ALSO, It is also an awesome spot for seuvineres. The Harrods signature store on the bottom level of the store is one of my favorite spots in London. There are so many unique Harrod’s branded gifts, as well as tea, chocolate, and so more.

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Cath Kidston - Walking into Cath Kidston is walking into British pattern heaven. I would HIGHLY recommend going to this store for gifts! You name it, they have it in one of their adorable prints: cups, aprons, pj’s dresses, coin purses, skirts, shirts, etc. I scored a white dress that will be perfect for bridal events, and an adorably printed rain coat all for amount £60! Bot of my items were on sale which helped a lot with the price of course, but I fond the whole store to reasonably priced. There are multiple locations in London, and our favorite was the one near Piccadilly Circus and Fortnum and Mason.

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Fortnum and Mason - This place is so cool! It is similar to Harrods as it is a multi-level department store, but is very different. Their food and treats were beautiful, as seen the the photos! There were floors and floors of products from brands I had never heard of, which was fun to see. I ended up getting a greeting card with a watercolor painting on it from a man who happened to be sitting in the store painting them! This is the kind of different experience Fortnum and Mason had which I recommend you stop by and see for yourself.

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NEIGHBORHOODS: When I travel, I love to break down the places I want to go into neighborhoods. That way, we are equipped with enough to do and experience for 20min to 3 hours depending on how much time we have in that particular location. Here are some of my favorite neighborhoods we visited:

Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street was one of my favorite streets in all of London featuring so many different storefronts covered in flowers. Walking down this street was a dream I didn’t even know I had. It was unbelievable. The street was filled with restaurants, shops, and the up-and-coming London landmark, Peggy Porchen cakes. This is the perfect place for a pretty afternoon stroll.

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Picadilly Circus

This areas is most equivalent to NYC’s Time Square, and is just as famous. There is a lot to do and see in the vibrancy and and pace of this area of town.

Westminster

Westminster is home to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben(which is currently under construction), and walking distance to Buckingham Palace. Around noon every single day, there is a changing of the guards ceremony that is really cool to see! These landmarks are so famous you will not want to miss them when visiting London. Taking a tour of the Abbey was a gorgeous ans history-rich experience, just as the changing of the gaurds was. I felt totally safe in this area, dispite it being such a world-renowned neighborhood. There were also a few good pubs we went to in that area.

Convent Garden

Covent Garden is an experience. There is food and sites to see, perfect for a sunny afternoon. Take a stroll down cobblestone streets with pubs and local crowds giving you a site into the city’s There are so many stores in Covent Garden. From brands you can easily find in the US to brands I had never seen before. If you go, head to Jubilee Market which has every inexpensive Great Britain souvenir you could think of, to bring back to friends and family.

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THINGS TO DO:

High Tea at The Ivy in Chelsea

Walking into The Ivy is walking into your wildest garden party dreams come to life. First, there is a room with ornate tables, chairs, and decor that you would hope to see in Great Britain. Then, as you walk back toward the garden, it gets even better. Picture flowers everywhere, and tables between them. There are a variety of pricepoints on the menu if you want to blow it out or stay conservative with it. The food and tea was awesome, and the experience was unforgettable.

Walk The London Tower Bridge

Many people confuse the London Bridge fro the London Tower Bridge. London Bridge is like the bridge you go over and forget you are on a bridge at all. There is not much to see. London Tower Bridge is magnificent. I highly suggest you walk over it! Both sides of the River Thames in that area are beautiful. One side with a large park that reminded me of a Hoboken pier, and the other side with more history than you can imagine including the real London Tower. The views, history, and character of this area of town are something you do not want to miss.

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The London Eye

If you want a chance to see all of London at once, this is the greatest opportunity. It is constantly moving at a very slow pace which gives you time to see and enjoy all of the sites.

The Parent Trap House

Growing up with Annie and Halle, seeing the house that the movie was filmed in was a dream of mine. My sister and I replicated the dance as we talked about Elizabeth James, Martin, Chessy, and grandfather who smelled like peppermint and pipe tobacco. It was awesome. The address of the house is: 23 Edgarton Terrace

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In London on a Sunday? Head to HTB Church

This was one of the greatest parts of the trip. This old Anglican Church was filled with the Joy of the Lord and the Peace of the Holy Spirit. It was such a joy. It is actually near the Parent Trap house which makes for a nice walk after church.

Double-Decker Bus

I usually like to stay away from things that are “overdone” by tourists, but if I were you I would not miss out on the bus tour of London. You pay for a pass that allows you to hop on and hop off all of the different red busses throughout the day. This is your chance to learn a lot about the city. Sitting on top of the bus listening to the anecdotes and deep history from the tour guides in thick British accents was one of our favorite parts of the trip. It is also a great mode of transportation, saving you money on multiple Uber rides, or walking 10+ miles to different areas of the city.

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I hope you have the BEST time in this amazing city <3

xo,

Jenna