I’m writing this from my comfy couch back in Switzerland. We didn’t have any reliable wifi on our past week of travels so I wasn’t able to upload this post until now! I wanted to do a travel diary: London post on the places we went this past week so that I can capture a bit more of the spirit and energy from the destination instead of just the guide aspect of them (Plus, I want to include lots of cool photos).
The first couple of days we were in London it was SO packed with sights we were exhausted at the end of the night and basically just fell into our beds around 8 pm! Let me just say, personally, watching the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace is kind of a waste of time (sorry). There were so many people just pushing each other and none of us knew where to actually be looking, and it took absolutely forever for it to end before we could start walking around again. By the time the procession actually got to where we were standing I could barely see over the people in front of me to get this photo! Piece of advice, skip this if you can bare it. If you can’t stand the idea of not seeing this (I get it!) at least get there 30-45 minutes in advance of it starting so you can get a good seat!
We had lunch in Hyde Park following Buckingham Palace and it was absolutely beautiful!! We found a little cafe at the north corner of the park and got some pre-made sandwiches and chips and just sat there admiring the park. It was such a beautiful day that we even got sunburned. In London of all places! (currently sill feeling the pain of that day on my shoulders and back)
We even got the chance to take a ride on the London Eye! It was about 16 people to a small seating area. It took quite a while to get all the way around the eye as it moves very slowly so that people can get on and off without it actually stopping. I think that this experience is definitely worth the money. You get such amazing views of the entire city, plus it has air conditioning! It may not be the best place to take pictures of the views though. The windows are not exactly spotless and the smudges show!
I thought the entire Westminster area was pretty cool! This is where all of Parliament and what not are, so there was a lot of political hustle and bustle. But with a big sight like this comes a lot of tourists, so be prepared for that!
After about 3 days in London we headed down to a little coastal town called Brighton. I originally fell in love with this town from one of my favorite Youtuber’s that I watch. The day we got there we just relaxed, strolling along the beach and ended up finding these adorable little beach huts! People can rent these out and use them to change into their suits before swimming. One person had a cooler, a chair, some music and was just relaxing in hers. This part of Brighton is called Hove, it was much more calm and quiet compared to the excitement surrounding the Pier in the heart of Brighton.
We stumbled upon this little chocolate shop called “ChoccyWoccyDoodah”, super crazy name I know! It was the most amazingly decadent chocolatier I have ever seen! Definitely a must see if you’re ever in the area!
While we were in Brighton we decided to become truly British and have some afternoon tea. I had heard good things about a place called Blackbird Tea Rooms; it was supposed to be a historical tea room and not too badly priced. It certainly delivered, let me tell ya! I got the peppermint tea and my mother got the vanilla tea and we loved both of them! There was so much food for us to eat that we were completely stuffed after. We also ended up meeting these two lovely women who were sitting next to us and swapping travel stories as well as a little politics. It was a perfect afternoon!
Brighton also has some Indian influences in it. King George IV actually had this built as his vacation house by the sea. We took a tour of the inside of the building and it was absolutely beautiful. The city of Brighton actually owns this building and is constantly remodeling to keep it up to historical standards. It was really cool seeing how the political leaders lived back then, SO much different than they do now!
I absolutely LOVED walking around on the Brighton Pier. It always makes me feel like a little kid to be around carnival games and festival rides, it’s just such a light hearted feeling. It also reminds me of spending countless summers at Kings Island, and also thankful that we actually had a theme park like Kings Island!
After a couple of days in Brighton we went back to London for another two days. We spent our first day back going to all of the main bridges. Apparently a lot of people think the above pictured bridge is the bridge of London, but it’s actually the Tower Bridge. The real bridge of London is literally just a plain bridge. Weird!
I loved seeing Millennial Bridge! For any of you Harry Potter fans this is the bridge that the Damentors attacked! The bridge is pretty cool looking in person, very modern in comparison to the other bridges.
If you just walk up the steps from the Millennial Bridge you run right into this beaut, St. Paul’s Cathedral. We couldn’t go inside, but it was enough to just see it from the outside. (There’s a lot of Pokemon here too!).
All-in-all I have to say the week we spent in England was absolutely amazing and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go and explore! I have wanted to go to London since watching The Parent Trap, lol. I’m so glad I can finally check it off that Bucket list of mine!