Heyy readers, we would love to tell you all about our recent trip to London! So hope you enjoy and give you any tourist ideas for your next visit!
This was our first time visiting London in our nearly 4 year relationship!! How mad we had never thought about going until now!! We have both been before, I’ve been a lot with my family and visited many tourist spots.
So we only visited for the day and just got the train down into Euston station🚆. This station is far less busy than Kings-Cross although you miss out on the Platform 9 ¾!! (If you’re a Harry Potter fan⚡️). Still has plenty of tube connections – jump straight on the Victoria line and after 3 stops get off at Green Park and within 5 minute walk through Green Park you’re right outside Buckingham Palace! This was our first stop and tick on the bucket list✅.
Since it was a lovely day, 12 degrees and was the 30th December, we decided to walk down the mall to Trafalgar Square. This was quite busy as some Christmas market stalls were still up in front of the National Gallery. We didn’t stay long, but managed to find a road sign… this is part of our plan to find as many signs from the Monopoly game board haha🙈.
As we were so close we couldn’t miss off Downing Street, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. So we walked down Whitehall road and half way down is Downing Street – can’t see much and full of security haha😂😂! At the end was Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, but unfortunately work is still happening on Big Ben so it was covered in scaffolding🙁.
If you walk around the corner towards Westminster Bridge there is the Eye🎡! We really wanted to go on but never got round to booking it so that’s on our list for next time!! So we walked along the river (opposite side to the Eye) and got plenty of photos along the way… oops Zander was getting annoyed with me haha🙈📸!
Now we fancied a trip to Leicester Square to find somewhere to eat as it was now nearly half 2 and we were getting a bit hungry! Jumped on the tube from Embankment to Leicester Square and got in before 3pm. We had a good look around especially M&M World as Zander had never visited before😮!!!
The Christmas markets were still up here in front of the Odeon Cinema so was a little crazy with people everywhere and lots of street entertainment which had crowds gathered. As we walked down a street which seemed to have plenty of restaurants we had a look at every menu… we found a place called Steak & Co. we loved the menu and really fancied steak as we have just given up being Pescatarians for two years🤤🍴! The price was SO reasonable for centre of London as £16.25 for 8oz rump steak😍!! It was delicious… came out on a hot stove rare and you cooked for as long as you like and chose your selection of butter, salt and sauce which was all included!
Beth’s Choice: Zander’s Choice:
Butter: Garlic and Parsley Butter: Red Wine and Shallot
Salt: Christmas Special Salt: Smoked Paprika and Garlic
Sauce: Red Wine Sauce: Bernaise
We would 100% recommend a visit if you are down in London👌🏻!
Now we were all full, we were ready to take on the shops! Jumped on a few tubes and arrived at Oxford Street station- we headed all the way down, but did take a d-tour to Victoria’s Secret and the Disney store🛍! We walked all the way down to Marble Arch which by this time it was dark and all lit up! As we were heading to Winter Wonderland we crossed the road and walked under Marble Arch into Hyde Park!
We have always dreamed of going to Winter Wonderland in London and now our dreams came true🙌🏻! After queuing for over half an hour due to security checks – which thank god for as you do feel so safe inside – we made it! It was so magical✨!! We walked all the way round, took us an hour!! You don’t realise how big it is inside with rollercoasters, rides, German markets, ghost trains and much more🎡🎢!! We stopped for some churros and mulled cider which were both delicious and warmed us up🍷.
One last place we wanted to squeeze in and visit was Piccadilly Circus, but I wanted to wait until dark to show Zander! We got on a few more tubes to arrive there and was quite busy as well! All the bright lights on the boards lit up the area as soon as you walked out the tube station! None of our photos do it justice haha🤦🏼♀️!
We now only had an hour left until our train home😢. We walked along the road back towards Green Park tube station and stopped off at my favourite tea shop… Fortnum and Mason!! Bought some of the Royal Blend black tea☕️. Then past the Ritz with all the fancy cars and doorman outside. One day we will go for afternoon tea there… we wish🤩😂!!
Finally our day of adventures came to an end as we jumped on our last tube back to Euston station, grabbed a coffee and onto our train home😴! We managed to visit a lot of places for a day and ended up doing 28,500 steps👣!! We were definitely ready for bed when we got home.
Hope you enjoyed reading about our latest adventure and we are getting ready for our next… Amsterdam in a months’ time📍🇳🇱!!
We would love to hear all about your adventures, do get in touch or if you want any tips for a tourist day in London feel free to DM us @theeworldisyouroyster!
Thank you for reading.
Beth & Zander x