London in 2 Days: Part 1

My husband and I have different traveling styles and over time we have learned to combine the two. For our honeymoon we took a world tour to London, Paris, Venice, Santorini, and Athens. We divided and conquered. I planned London, Venice, and Athens. And he took over for Paris & Athens. This was our first trip MY WAY, and boy was the hubby tired at the end of the day.

We took a red eye from New York to London and arrived at 11:45 am and took the Gatwick Express from the airport to London where we took a taxi to our hotel, the W London in Leicester Square.

Photo courtesy of the W Hotel’s website

After a quick shower we headed out around 2pm. We took the tube from Leicester Square to The British Museum. I love going to museums and loved it even more that the major museum attractions are FREE in London. We made a quick run of the British Museum and saw the major attractions with the highlights being The Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, Assyrian sculptures, the Lewis Chessmen (the oldest chess set), and the rolling ball clock. We didn’t spend as much time as I would of liked. You could easily spend half, if not an entire day, strolling through the halls of history.

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The Rosetta Stone

The Lewis Chessmen

Parthenon Sculptures

Assyrian Sculptures

We left the British Museum after 2 hours, which as I said, was not nearly enough time. We then headed over to The National Gallery in Trafalgar square. But silly me, I goofed and took us to the National Portrait Gallery, which I can promise you is not worth your time. On our next visit back to London we’ll be spending more time at the British Museum and we’ll actually go to the right museum!

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

We took a stroll through Trafalgar Square, which has a sort of epic beauty to it. Throughout London (and Europe) the architecture evoked an otherworldly beauty that New York just cannot rival. We went to lunch at Wild Food Café, a vegan restaurant, in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden. Which would have been nice except it was a Monday and the restaurant was closed. I chose Neal’s Yard because it looked beautiful in the pictures, but was a bit of a let down in-person. We ended up finding another 100% vegan restaurant nearby called Vantra Vitao. Which given our state of hunger was decent, but when you think of 100% vegan, this is the place you’re thinking of. I wouldn’t recommend this place as your go to vegan restaurant in the area.

Lunch at Vantra Vitao

Neal’s Yard

Lunch at Vantra Vitao

Next on the list we headed to the House of Parliament & Big Ben. I don’t know what it is about Big Ben, but I fell in love. We couldn’t enter so we took some candid pictures outside and went on our way to the Coca-Cola London Eye where we had booked a 9pm ride. We were able to get on an earlier booking and bypassed the line. Once done the adrenaline began to wear off and the jet lag began to set in. We went back to the hotel where we easily collapsed into a deep slumber.

House of Parliament & Big Ben (View from atop the Coca-Cola London Eye)


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