About a month ago, we went to London, Ireland and Scotland for our babymoon. We actually planned the trip months before I knew I was pregnant, but then we just made it into a babymoon! We only had a week so we packed ALOT in! I had already been to London for a week a few years ago, so we really just hit the highlights for Jibin!
1. It was cold in May, so definitely make sure you pack a jacket- especially a rain jacket!
2. Check the hours for palaces and days for when the you can visit.
3. Food is amazing anywhere and everywhere in London.
4. You can take the transit system everywhere, but we walked everywhere which is good if you have time to do!
5. There’s alot to do outside of London- you can take the train and plan it on your own or you can book Viator tours that cover alot in a day.
We stayed at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square- perfect location, but since it was in a square if you call Uber, you have to walk over to Orange Street. The rooms were really nice (we got a free upgrade to their nicest suite) and breakfast was included.
This is a MUST. It is literally the best Indian Food I’ve had in my life. We ate here twice! There will be a line to get in- we waited an hour; however, you can make reservations if you go before 5pm so the next day we went before 5pm and made reservations.
2. Leicester Square Kitchen
Seriously some of the best tacos Ive ever had! It was in our hotel and we loved the ambiance!
Other than that we didn’t really have plans, we ate at random places and they were really good. Afternoon tea anywhere is worth it and fun to try!
Two days are needed in the actual city of London to finish all sightseeing and then I’d leave about 2-3 days outside of London to go see cities outside of London depending on what you want to do. Below is what I’m recommending inside and outside of London!
1. Buckingham Palace/Hyde and St. James Parks
The Queen is usually there so you can’t get in most of the time- Ive missed it both times. Theres a very narrow window in the summer in July-Aug that you can actually go in; however, walking around Hyde Park and St James Park around the palace is one of my favorite things to do!
2. Kensington Palace
Super peaceful- definitely go in if you are interested in Princess Diana! Also, walking around the gardens and park is really nice.
3. Big Ben/Parliament/London Eye
The Parliament is one of the most gorgeous buildings in London. You can walk by both this and Big Ben- both go under construction frequently though! London Eye is fun to do once, but not a must!
4. London Bridge/The Towers
Very pretty along the river! Go up the towers and walk across if you have time- great view!
5. Shakespeare Globe/Theatre
I loved doing the tour, but if you’re not a Shakespeare enthusiast, then you can skip it!
6. Westminster Abbey
AMAZINGLY gorgeous inside and out! Be sure to check hours though because it varies.
7. St. Paul’s Cathedral
Also very gorgeous- definitely go inside! Tip: If you go in for a service, then you don’t have to pay to get in; otherwise, it is 14 pounds a person, but worth it if you are going to climb all the way to the top!
8. Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museums
We didn’t have time to go inside, but if you have time and want to explore, then definitely do it!
9. Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station
The first time I went years ago, it was hidden and no one even knew about it. However, this time- there’s now a whole store dedicated to Harry Potter and a huge line to take a picture with the cart- so definitely plan time for it! I had already done every Harry Potter thing you could think of in London when I went a few years ago, but if you’re an enthusiast, then definitely plan it out!
Sightseeing Outside of London
Definitely my favorite and super gorgeous. I wish I went to school here! And for those of you who are Harry Potter fans, you can catch a glimpse of a few things on the campus!
2. Windsor Castle
I’ve been here twice- it’s definitely very nice, but as far as going inside, I’m not sure it’s so worth it- I wouldn’t spend much time and if there’s a long line, then Id skip it. The town of Windsor is very cute and it’s fun to walk around!
I loved this little town! The Roman Baths are a definite if you go!
Definitely very cool- sent chills down my spine!
Next on my list is York when I go back- there’s so much to see in England! Cheers mate!