London Trip Report

London was the first stop on our vacation to Europe and it was such a great place to visit – Nick and I had an amazing time exploring the city’s neighborhoods and top sights. London tied with Amsterdam as my favorite city that we visited, and I can’t wait to someday make a return trip. Below are some of our photos highlighting London’s best sights…

The London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel that overlooks the Thames and offers a great view of the city.

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The House of Parliament and Big Ben (as seen from the London Eye and then a close-up)…

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England’s most famous church, Westminster Abbey…

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The city’s central square, Trafalger Square was filled with thousands of boisterous Germans who were in town for the final and biggest soccer game of the year, aka the “Superbowl” of the European Champions League. This year two German teams faced off and so large crowds of tourists sporting yellow and red jerseys filled the city.

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We also toured the National Portrait Gallery and walked through the shops along Piccadilly Circus, Regent and Oxford Streets and London’s Chinatown before finally calling it a day!

The first stop on our second full day was to St. Paul’s cathedral, which is vast and magnificently beautiful inside. Sadly, photography wasn’t allowed in the church. We wondered through the nave before lighting candles for our families and the loved ones we’ve lost.

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A view of St. Pauls from Mellenium Bridge.

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We spent an hour or so touring the Tate Modern art museum before making our way along the Thames river walk to Tower Bridge…

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The HMS Belfast, a World War II warship…

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and London’s City Hall…

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After crossing over Tower Bridge we made our way to Shoreditch, a trendy, up-and-coming neighborhood that hosts several popular markets on Sunday afternoons.

We walked through the Bangladeshi markets along Brick Lane to the Petticoat Lane markets before making our way to the bustling Old Spitalfield market (below), featuring hundreds of local artists and their crafts. Nick and I really enjoyed walking through this cozy area and getting away from the major tourist sights for awhile.

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On our third full day in London we headed to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards ceremony – sadly it was a national bank holiday weekend and so there was no ceremony, but we still enjoyed the views.

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We walked the grounds and gardens and then headed through the Wellington Arch…

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To Harrods, London’s most luxurious department store, which featured half million dollar Jackson Pollock artwork among its expensive wares…

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After wondering through a few floors we made our way to Kensington Palace and its beautiful gardens…

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Before stopping to rest and enjoy a picnic in Hyde Park, London’s “Central Park,” we found lunch at a small cafe just outside of the park and ordered one of our best meals of the trip, a roasted vegetable and goat cheese panini with a small greek salad. We rested our weary legs for awhile before walking through the rest of the park and visiting the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

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We ended our last full day in London by walking along the colorful streets of Notting Hill, where we came across the large and lovely Portobello Street market. We spent the rest of our afternoon here wondering through the shops and enjoying a few pints at a small pub.

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Getting away from the major tourist sights in the city and exploring those smaller, lively neighborhoods was the highlight of our trip for me. Ahh London, you dazzled me during our stay and I definitely wasn’t ready to leave you!

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