Chris and I had been looking forward to our London trip for the last few weeks. Ever since spending time abroad in school I had always wanted to go back to London with him and experience some of my favorite things with my favorite person. Traveling alone is really hard, but traveling with the person you love is pretty much the best thing ever.
It seemed like the day would never come. Chris would do this little dance and sing “we are going to London, we are going to London” all the time, in public. Super embarrassing, but sort of awesome. Then before we knew it we were packing up our bags! Even once we landed at Heathrow it felt a bit unreal that we were actually in another country going on one of our biggest adventures together. Life is pretty awesome.
The only unfortunate thing was that we had to leave our little Barley behind. This is her while we were packing. She is just the cutest thing and was such a good girl all week at home.
Since I had already spent a lot of time in London, I really wanted Chris to take the lead on what we did on our trip. Upon asking him what he wanted to do, his response was “walk around the city and look at things.” So despite my hesitations, that is pretty much what we did. And it was surprisingly amazing and incredibly fun.
We took the train into the city from Heathrow, me still half asleep and Chris giddy with excitement, pointing out every green field and building he saw. An hour later we arrived to central London and worked on getting our bearings and finding caffeine. Then we set out exploring.
Our first day is a bit of a blur. It was colder than we thought it would be and there was a bit of a fog over the whole city as well as my brain. First we stopped by Buckingham Palace and said hello to the Queen. Next, we spent some time at the Churchill War Rooms to discover the wartime bunker of the Cabinet during WWII. The War Rooms are such an interesting and great look into life during the war. I have never seen anything like it and definitely recommend you stop by if you are ever visiting London.
After that, we needed to warm up a bit. Chris came up with a list of 12 historical pubs that he wanted to visit while we were in town. What better way to warm up than with a pint in a nice cozy pub? On day 1 we visited The Lamb & Flag, The Star Tavern and the Nag’s Head. Full details to come later on how we rate all of the pubs we visited.
After dinner, a few beers and a good night’s sleep, we spent day 2 crossing off most of the main attractions like Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The sun was shining and it was the perfect day for walking around the city. We walked along the Thames, grabbed lunch from Herman ze German, stuffed our faces with cookies from Ben’s Cookies in Covent Garden, and then I showed Chris where I lived in Bloomsbury a few years ago. It was such a wonderful day.
Stay tuned for more details of our trip with Part 2 on Wednesday!