Travel Diary | London, England

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I’m so excited to finally start sharing my Europe travel guides with all of you! It might’ve taken me 23 years to finally hop across the pond, starting with London, but I’m so thankful that I was able to take this amazing trip with the family!

London was our first stop on our Europe trip and I thought it would be easiest to break up the travel guides by city.Β  Europe can be overwhelming, so I wanted this to be as user-friendly as possible for you guys. I also made my first vlog during this trip, and you can click here to subscribe and watch my London Travel Diary!

I’ll be doing more posts on Paris, Venice, and Rome, as well as a total Europe overview and things to know before you travel there! Be sure to stay tuned for those πŸ™‚

London Travel Diary

 

DAY 1:Β 

The first day was all about beating the jet lag and trying to see as much as possible!Β  I was actually proud of myself for running on about an hour of sleep after our flight from JFK and making it through the day.Β  But being outside in the surprisingly sunny weather and having a packed schedule helped tons.

First Stop: Walking around Nottinghill

 

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I knew that Nottinghill had to be on our list of spots to hit in London. From the Instagrammable homes to little cafes and shops, it was the best way to see a real London neighborhood. We went to Farm Girl for brunch and they had the best avo toast ever!!

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Next: Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, and The Gardens at Kensington

London must-sees. We didn’t go into all of these, and I enjoyed getting to see how grand everything was!

Next Up: Ice cream at Harrod’s, Buckingham Palace, and Rickshaw bike ride (see video below!)

Although it was overpriced, the ice cream at Harrod’s was so yummy! It was nice to sit down and relax in the AC before continuing all of our exploring.

Next: London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and the Thames River

After we took a Rickshaw bike across the Thames, we went to another popular area of London to sightsee. Big Ben was under construction, but we got to see everything else.

Finally: Dinner and drinks at a traditional Pub!

Staying awake got a bit tough here, but I finished my cider before heading back to the hotel to get some much-needed rest.

 

Day 2:Β 

First Up: Brunch at the hotel

I love a good breakfast buffet, and this one did not disappoint! We stayed at the Marriott Marble Arch hotel which had the best breakfast spread!

Next Up: Tower of London and The London Bridge

Two London staples! It was another beautiful day and we got to hangout and see the cute vendors along the water. It also happened to be The Royal Wedding- so of course we had to partake in a champagne toast!

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Next: Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

A London tea dream! We put on our tea outfits and tried to act ~classy~ for a champagne tea celebration.Β  Apparently this spot is known to host some famous customers, so I wasn’t allowed to take many videos.

Next: Walked around Soho, Carnaby, and Mayfair

Roaming around is one of my favorite ways to explore a new city. I loved seeing the locals and getting a feel for the different neighborhoods around London.

Finally: Drinks at Sketch and Dinner at Tempure

 

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Any hot spots that you love in London?! It was a quick two days, but I absolutely loved it. A lot of people compare it to NYC, and I can see how the two cities have a few similar qualities.

 

Click below to watch my travel vlog from London! πŸ™‚

 

Xx,

Lauren

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  • Caitlin
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    London is gorgeous! I just got back and was in love with the city. Sounds like you had a lovely trip there!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Caitlin! Hope you had a great trip too πŸ™‚

  • Sydney
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    Notting Hill looks beautiful, I’ve always wanted to go there!!
    xo, Sydney
    anchoredinthesouth.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      It’s such a beautiful place!!

  • Helena Marz
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    I’ve been to London but only for 2 days and I loved it there! One of my fave cities! I will have to keep these hot spots in mind when l visit London again❀️

    • Lauren Gill
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      I need to go back too! It was a great city πŸ™‚ Xo

  • Amanda
    Reply

    Looks like such a fun trip!! And y’all are so cute!

    xx, Amanda Strong | Poised Avenue

    • Lauren Gill
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      Thank you girl πŸ™‚ Xo

  • Tonya Tardiff
    Reply

    This looks like the most amazing trip! All of the spots you visited are so picturesque and beautiful!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Aw, thank you Tonya!!

  • Ifeoluwa
    Reply

    London is such a vibrant city. I visited a couple of years ago, the London Eye is a must visit

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      It really is!!

  • theeyetraveler
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    I love this guide! I’m planning to visit london by the end of this year, so this is super helpful <3

    • Lauren Gill
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      Thanks, girl! You’ll have the best time πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Wu
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    ahhh so many cute spots to shoot in london! looks like you had a blast and i hope to make my way out there soon πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren Gill
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      Thanks, Sharon!!

  • Julia Comil
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    I love London so much! And I totally love your recommandations! They are so amazing!!

    • Lauren Gill
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      Thanks, Julie! πŸ™‚

  • Deborah
    Reply

    Oh how fun! I studied abroad in England and London is one of my favorite cities ever!

    • Lauren Gill
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      That’s amazing! I bet you had the best time!

  • Megan Elliott
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    Ahhh this guide makes me want to head back to London ASAP! I loved it there so much that I was seriously contemplating moving there when I visited! πŸ™‚

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      I feel like I could definitely move there too!

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