Hey, everyone! As some of you might know, I took a trip to England earlier this summer. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and so much more than I could have ever dreamt it would be.
Thus, I thought it might be fun to start a new travel series on the blog. I don’t travel very often, but when I do, I put a lot of time into researching interesting places to see and eat at before I go. Here are some of the places I went to (some planned, some not) and loved while I was in England!
Leave a comment below if you want to see more travel posts in the future!
WHERE TO STAY:
- Airbnb (given how awful the exchange rate is, this is by far the most economical way to go)
- Sloane Square Hotel (steps from the Sloane Square subway station)
- Amberley Castle (a Relais & Chateaux accredited boutique hotel in West Sussex)
WHAT TO SEE:
- Churchill’s bunker (war buff? history geek? see what it was like for military personnel living underground while London was being bombed during WWII)
- Kensington Gardens
- Amberley & Arundel Castles (fairytales come to life)
- Goodwood Festival of Speed & Goodwood Revival (every car lover’s dream come true)
- Wimbledon (even in off-season, it’s worth your while to tour the grounds)
- The London Dungeon (part-haunted house, part-museum– totally cheesy, totally macabre, totally worth the overpriced entry fee)
- London Eye River Cruise (an architectural tour of all the major sites along the Thames)
- The Tower of London & the Crown Jewels (do yourself a favor and take a tour led by a Yeoman Warder; more bling that you can shake a diamond-encrusted sceptre at; also, this current art installation is incredible)
- Old cemeteries (many of England’s cemeteries house grave-sites that far pre-date anything you’ll see here in America; many of them are also impeccably kept)
WHAT TO SKIP:
- The London Eye (very expensive, cramped, especially intolerable when a small child in your pod farts incessantly throughout the duration of the 30-minute ride)
- Buckingham Palace (good luck seeing much beyond the sea of fellow tourists. Check out the changing of the guards at the Tower instead)
- Shopping for things you can find in America (unless you enjoy getting hosed on exchange rates)
- Eating fish ‘n’ chips more than once (they’re great, don’t get me wrong– but London’s food scene is surprisingly vibrant; be adventurous)
WHERE TO EAT:
- Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (for a Michelin-rated fine dining experience)
- Sketch (for creative food and an even more creative atmosphere. Be sure to check out the bathrooms– thank me later)
- The Marquis (for fish ‘n’ chips)
- Tozi (for tapas-style Italian that even your Italian momma would approve of)
- Harry’s Bar (find a member and/or a sugar daddy and beg ’em to take you)
- Patisserie Valerie (for breakfast and sweet treats)
- McDonalds (no, I’m not kidding. I make a point of visiting McDonald’s every time I travel internationally. Menu offerings are a little different in every country. Shaka Shaka Chicken in Japan still takes the cake)
Have you been to England before? If so, what are some of your favorite places to stay, see, and dine at? If not, what places are on your bucket list?