i have heard people talk about london a very cool city to visit but i rarely believe these claims about anything until i personally experience it. let the record show that i am currently in the midst of falling for london, it is indeed a way cool city!
i wanted to share a few of the fun things we’ve done so far and then i’m out to go play tourist some more so stay tuned for posts on visiting stonehenge and the harry potter studios (there were tears)!
my husband gets full credit for finding our hotel, the strand palace hotel which is located in the most perfect part of central london! it’s walking distance to a ton of tube stations, big ben, the london eye, covent gardens, parliament square and hundreds of amazingly cute and delicious restaurants! if you stick your head out of our hotel window, this is what you see!
it’s been pretty chilly here, around 50s and 60s F, so i’m glad i checked the weather before we left and packed some warmer clothes. it’s actually quite nice because apparently it gets really sticky and hot here. humidity crushes my pleasant-to-be-around-ness so win for that.
we did our Map to Dreaming BIG webinar a few hours after we got in (and sat by the hotel room door since that’s where the strongest wifi is) and then we got drinks at london’s oldest restaurant, rules. yes, established in 1798.
not only did we get drinks but we got to see our friends who also happened to be visiting london from texas! see, this is why stalking instagram pays off because i saw a picture of them at buckingham palace the day before we left! my husband met caroline when they were 15 at a leadership seminar (yay HOBY!)
just as a heads up if you go here, it’s quite spendy. it cost us $57 USD (~37 pounds) for two drinks and splitting 2 bottles of water. WHAT. i am still slightly grumpy about how expensive london can be but when in the oldest restaurant in london…i guess fork it over? still fun place to see and even more fun to catch up with this fun couple we haven’t seen in years (happy second anniversary you two!)
update on my 6-year-tastebuds…they can successful like and enjoy a half of fish ‘n chips! i tried them last night and if i cover them in lots of lemon, malt vinegar, some tartare sauce and don’t look at the fish scales still on it, i like it pretty well! it’s really not fishy and when you deep fry something, it tends to bring out the grease so that tastes good.
however, i can confidently say i will never get behind mushy peas. that is what all menus say it comes with and no, just no. i already hate peas but then make them mushy? i’d rather you poke me in the rib.
we went to a cute place in covent gardens called ‘mabels’ which is way more affordable than a lot of places and had strange drink deals. we ordered our 3rd ever bottle of wine together (instead of just individual glasses) and the whole thing cost $15 where 2 drinks would have been more.
my husband was also in cheese/meat heaven by this glorious display:
he just kept repeating “i’m so happy. i’m so so happy.” doesn’t it make your heart smile when you hear your spouse verbally saying he or she is happy? it does for me!
we had to walk off the wine because whoa, a whole bottle is too much for us lightweights. thankfully we had a lot to feast our eyes on:
it’s fun to be in love in other countries! that’s all for now because street performers, cafes and british accents are calling out to me.
have you been to london before? how do you feel about fish ‘n chips?