Mar 6

London Travel Diary

In November, I shared my Paris Travel Diary with a promise to post a London Travel Diary as well. Every time I saw a photo of Kate Middleton out and about in London, I was reminded of this post to write and share! I loved visiting London with my husband for our first anniversary and hope you enjoy my little travel diary.

Blog Posts on London (pre-trip daydreaming and amazing resources): Decor8 (Holly wrote a wonderful “quick guide” to London) and Susannah Conway (loved her post “24 hours in London with an iPhone“)

Stores: Liberty (loved this store and the paper section is incredible. my hubby bought me a surprise gift from there—all the letters of the alphabet from the rosie wonders collection), Smythson (I’ve long admired this store online and was so excited to see the items in person. Their monogramming is done at the front of the store by one gentleman who uses an old machine and takes the craft very seriously—it’s done by the window of the store so everyone can watch!), Harrods (I visited this store when I was much younger and don’t remember it feeling so overwhelming. It is HUGE and filled to the brim with absolutely everything you could imagine. It is designed so that once you go in, it is nearly impossible to find a way out!), Astley Clarke within Harrods (I found Astley’s work and began pinning it before my trip. I just had to visit her little boutique within Harrods and see her stacking rings in person! I purchased mint green and bright red stackable rings.)

Restaurants: HIX (We almost left because we weren’t in love with the menu. We were so happy that we didn’t leave!! It was incredible. The scene was trendy, but casual. No photographs were allowed in the restaurant which we thought was a bit weird but memorable :). We shared the Porterhouse steak and made a note to come back the next time we’re in London—it was that yummy!), Princi (We ate here multiple times. They have delicious breakfast items, yummy pizza, a mouth watering bakery, and a fun wine bar. It’s a casual restaurant with a great scene and lots of energy. In my notes, I wrote: delicious, quick, perfection!)

Experiences: We didn’t spend as much time in London as we did in Paris. I also spent one day on a conference call in the hotel which limited our time to explore to about one day. We spent most of our time walking through the narrow streets and sidewalks. We didn’t have a tour guide, which we regretted. It would have been nice to have someone help us see some historical places during our time (note for next time!). We enjoyed shopping, but the highlight of the trip was definitely seeing a show. We saw Billy Elliot and loved the show itself as well as the experience of going to a show in London. It is something I highly recommend doing if you spend some time in London!

Have you ever visited London? What would you add to my list?

image: bonjour frenchie

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Dayla March 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Must. Go. To. London!

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Carolyn March 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Oh you must, Dayla!!

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Julie March 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

London…such a wonderful city! I wish I could return there soon…It’s one of my favorite cities!And I totally agree, Harrods is designed like a labyrinth, there aren’t any exits:)

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Carolyn March 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

you are so right, it is totally a labyrinth!

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Rachel Marlena March 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I love Piccadilly Circus and the Theater District in London! I also liked doing the classic touristy Tower, Westminster, etc. If you get a chance to take the train into Oxford it is well worth it.

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