*disclaimer: it took me much longer to write this than planned. I got really sick and I’m still trying to overcome it. Also, after I wrote it all, my pictures `did not want to upload correctly*
Welcome back my lovely friends,
After an enduring 7ish hour bus ride, I arrived in London pretty late at night. Basically it was too
late to do anything but get to my room. So, that is exactly what I did. I decided to get a room close to the bus stop, since it was so late. It was pretty expensive, but I thought it would be worth it considering the time. To my astonishment, the room was completely filthy (and I have pretty low standards). However, I semi worked it out and made my short stay manageable (I will be writing review blogs soon about places to stay and such, there will be much more detail about this place there).
After waking up partly rested from my disgusting room, I felt ready to go adventuring. When I say
adventuring, I mean it. I had nothing planned and hardly did research on the “happening” places in London. ( I did have a few helpful friends give me ideas though) So, I left my room and wandered down the street (if there any other way to travel?). I stumbled upon one of those extremely touristy hop -on/ hop – off tour busses. I thought it would give me a good feel of the town and what I wanted to see. So, I splurged and bought one of those cringe-y touristy bus passes. It didn’t turn out to be a bad investment. I got to see all the major sites in the city (with the option to get off and explore more). I ended up making a few stops such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and The Tower of London (which houses the Crown Jewels).
The day after my big bus tour expired, I was on my own. I decided I would go exploring without a guide and have somewhat of a “lazy” day. (I also had to do laundry this day as well, which took up a good bit of time). The day prior someone told me about the changing of the guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace. I tried to witness it, but there were so many people in a such a small place, it didn’t feel worth it for me to stick around. I somehow managed to wander into the worlds first Hard Rock Cafe, which I took no guilt in going to eat at. I mean it was the first one, so it’s not that cliché, right? My wonderful server gave me plenty of information on places to go exploring during my time. I took some time to walk around Hyde Park and Notting Hill, as well as some free museums, which were all beautiful places. I also had my first kinder egg, as well (I got way too excited about that candy).
Things only got busier after my so called lazy day. I took an hour – ish bus ride to the historic Stonehenge. The best part about the ride was that I got an entire row to myself (happiest I had been on a coach bus yet). It was pretty interesting to learn about the structure of the stones, the history, and the area surrounding it. Once arriving back to London I explored Camden Market, which if you’re ever in London this place is a must to visit. It is such a cool (probably considered hipster) area, which is full of vibrant energy, good food, and a lot of hand made items. 10/10 would recommend.
Hands down the biggest highlights from my time in London was Harry Potter. Yes, I know I am lame, but I am serious. I spent a pretty penny and decided I would finally see the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. I split it up into two nights and let me tell you, that play was absolutely amazing. If you are anywhere remotely near where the play is playing, you MUST go see it. I was shocked at how well put together and engaging it was. I spent one day prior to the play going on a Harry Potter walking tour, which was pretty epic. I got to see Platform 9 3/4…..before a random power outage which almost made me late to part 2 of the play, but I made it just in time.
London truly exceeded my expectations. I was thinking I wouldn’t spend much time there and to my surprise, I spent more time than I had planned. I was a bit sad to leave, but I know I’ll be back.