David and I visited London to celebrate our birthdays in 2017. We didn’t know what to expect, but I must say London has become one of our favorite destinations. We stayed at the Conrad London St. James and absolutely loved this property. Our flight arrived super early in the morning but luckily we were able to take advantage of the executive lounge to get ready for the day since our room wasn’t quite ready. We dropped off our bags at the front desk and we’re off for a day of exploring the city. We had a very quintessential London experience visiting the most iconic and most visited attractions. It’s no surprise in our first stop was the Southbank of the Thames River.
We visited the Tate Modern which is one of my all-time favorite museums. It has some astounding pieces of art from several of my favorites – Picasso, Warhol and Dali. Next we headed to the British Museum which is on par with the world’s most renowned museums and houses the famed Rosetta Stone and impressive Egyptian and Greek collections. We also visited The National Gallery housing some notable pieces from Michelangelo, Raphael, Dugas, van Gogh and Monet to name a few.
One of our absolute favorite places to visit was Borough Market. This place has everything from fresh cheese and juices to ready to eat meals. We could’ve spent hours exploring this place (I think we visited the market twice during our trip).
Hyde Park is beaming with beautiful scenery including swans and various plant life immaculately landscaped. It was also on the way to Churchhill War Rooms which turned out to be one of David’s favorite places we visited in London.
We grabbed a drink at the Shard – what a great way to see the city. The views are absolutely spectacular! Sky Garden, another rooftop with a spectacular view of London, was the next stop on our trip.
We enjoyed some local brews and pub food at The Admirality, live music at Ronnie Scott’s and Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar and laughed hysterically at the Comedy Store London. This was our first time at a comedy club on vacation and this place didn’t disappoint. We grabbed a few beers at BrewDog Shoreditch which is a place we seem to regularly visit when in Europe.
We stumbled upon the Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown which was super fun. There was so much energy surrounding the performances.
A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without stops at Traflger Square, Tower Bridge, Molinia Bridge and last but certainly not least Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. It was quite interesting to see that this much pop and circumstance occurs multiple times a day every day. Nevertheless it was quite interesting to see. Lastly we made an impromptu stop at the HMS Belfast the Bomber Command Memorial.
The people in London are so very nice which added to the amazing experience we had in London. This is an amazing place to visit and well worth the trip to get there.