Ho hum. My trip to London feels like such a long time ago now. Isn’t it amazing how quickly a month can pass you by? While I do have a bunch of delicious London eats posts to share with you, in the meantime I thought you’d like to come sightseeing with me.
Miss anything? Catch up with the rest of my stay:
- Carluccio’s, Islington
- Manna Cuisine, Primrose Hill
- Memorable meals in London
- Mildred’s, London
- London’s great everyday eats – Part 1
- London’s great everyday eats – Part 2
- London travel essentials
- Ottolenghi, Islington
- Summer in London
- The Gate, Islington
On my first night, after checking in to the hotel late in the afternoon and having a quick shower, my sister Amy took me to meet some of her sewing pals and we went to Lucha Britannia, a wrestling match! Just like Nacho Libre, one of my favourite movies! The characters and costumes were fantastic – I especially enjoyed eyeballing hunky Antaios who was very convincing as the Son of Poseidon. And who could forget funny man Disco Diablo?! So many laughs and a great way to kick off the trip.
Islington was a great place to stay. To the city it’s only a few stops by train or around 20 minutes by bus. It’s a real hub for restaurants, so many good eats to check out, just a few bus stops from the hotel. The summer fair was on in the park at Islington Green with a bunch of stalls inviting locals to hang out and grab a bite in the park. Not a hard task really as they seem to flock to patches of grass to soak up the rays at the slightest hint of sunshine.
I found London to be very tourist friendly and such an easy city to navigate. The public transport system is incredibly efficient (and timely) and the city has maps and ‘you are here’ guides to help you get around.
I took this shot of City of London from the front row of the top deck of a bus. While the train is quicker I much preferred the bus by day because you get such a great view.
When one visits London, one must visit Harrods! The food hall is incredible, so many fantastic foods. I was amazed at how many varieties of handmade chocolates there were! Even the walls and ceilings are beautifully decorated.
I took a short train ride to Camden to visit Camden Market, only to realise while reading my travel guide that it actually contains FOUR markets. I went on a weekday and it was really busy – it must be mayhem on weekends. I didn’t buy anything, it seemed to mostly have cheap clothes and trinkets which I’m not really into. I did love the enormous number and different types of food stalls, you really could spend a whole day there just eating.
On a rainy morning I took an all-day coach tour that had three stops, the first being Windsor Castle. What a marvel! It’s incredible to visit a place steeped in such history – it makes you realise just how young Australia is. Part of the tour included lunch at one of the restaurants in the village – I had a delicious creamy mushroom pasta that I’m sure even the Queen would have approved of.
The second stop on the tour was Stonehenge and thankfully by the time we arrived the rain had cleared. Walking around the site with individual audio guides the question was unanswered as to who was responsible for Stonehenge, and how. I guess it just remains one of the world’s unsolved mysteries.
Our last visit on the tour was to the south-west of England to beautiful Bath, arriving late afternoon with the warm sun to greet us. The water at the Roman Baths has turned a dull pea green over the years due to the algae in the water.
It was such a warm afternoon in Bath so when I saw an ice cream store it was too irresistible to pass. It was a fleeting visit, I would love to spend a little more time in Bath when I’m next in London.
On my last day I caught the train out to Portobello Rd markets. Why didn’t I do this sooner?! I just loved all the second-hand goods and clothes. Up until that point I really hadn’t done any shopping and felt like I could have bought so much there. I must make a whole day trip out there on my next visit.
There’s only so much you can fit into two weeks and I certainly didn’t get to see and do everything I wanted to. That’s ok, I’m saving it all up for next time!