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. 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 🙂
London Travel Diary
The first day was all about beating the jet lag and trying to see as much as possible! 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. But being outside in the surprisingly sunny weather and having a packed schedule helped tons.
First Stop: Walking around Nottinghill
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!!
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.
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!
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. 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
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! 🙂