London: A Childhood Dream Come True
I’ve been obsessed with everything British for as long as I can remember. Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Jane Austen, kings, queens, history, accents, football, tea…I literally love all of these things. Because of this, it probably should not come as a surprise to anyone that visiting London was always #1 on my bucket list.
London was the first place I ever went in Europe, and I was practically tearing up with excitement as we flew over the city to land at Heathrow Airport. I normally try to not get my hopes up too high, but my expectations for London were sizable to say the least.
Luckily, London did not disappoint! To be honest, it somehow even exceeded my dream destination expectations! Here’s a little snapshot of my overall experience across the pond.
Bring Your Walking Shoes!
First of all, the city is IMMENSE! You definitely need more than one day here to fully appreciate it. We’re always big walkers when we travel, but we were logging 30,000-35,000 steps A DAY on my Fitbit. We just couldn’t get enough! There was something new to see around every corner.
Yay to Green Space!
Don’t even get me started on the parks. *Swoon* Nothing makes me happier in life than finding a public park with tons of flowers and fields to frolic around in. London takes its green space VERY seriously, and you’ll find it nicely distributed around the city. There’s huge parks like Hyde, Green, and St. James’s, but there are also adorable green squares sprinkled throughout the city like Whitehall Gardens.
***It really does rain a lot in London. Travel like a pro and don’t wear white Keds like me!
Yes, English gardens are a real thing and they are everywhere. The flower budget in that city is out of control, but oh man it could not have made me any happier. I can’t wait to own a house just so that I can try to recreate an English garden in my backyard! Also, hanging baskets. Enough said.
Something Old, Something New
Outside of all this green space, I really enjoyed the city’s mix of old and new. Of course you have all of the historic places like Buckingham Palace and White Hall, but there are also a lot of new buildings with modern architecture. Walking along the streets you get the feeling that London very much values its history, but has not lost sight of the present. A winning combination if you ask me!
**The tour we did at White Hall might be best tour I’ve ever been on. It’s a little pricey, but I would highly recommend it!
**My reaction to the place Anne Boleyn was beheaded. SCANDAL.
Without further ado, here’s a few snapshots from around London.
Have you been to London? What was your favorite part? I already want to plan a trip back!
Does your travel itinerary include going to another destination after London? Check out my tips for surviving those budget flights in Europe! Cheerio!