Happy Monday! I haven’t been able to post over the last two weeks because I have been so busy traveling for my corporate job. They sure keep me busy! I had a great sales conference in Nashville and then customer meetings in Pittsburgh. I am so happy to be home and get back to normal. Here are our next two days in London!
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Gosh, these posts have taken me forever to post, but I am slowly but surely getting through them. I loved this trip so much, but this day was tough on my feet. We walked over 10 miles! The weather was absolutely perfect, and we had terrific dinners. I have been so impressed by the meals in this country.
Where we ate
On this morning, we stumbled into the cafe across the street from our hotel. That meant our first stop was Noxy Brothers, where we had a lovely view as we sipped our coffees and enjoyed our breakfast sandwiches.
We made it reasonably simple for lunch and snacked twice this day. I slacked off on taking photos this day because I don’t have a picture of either food break. The first snack was some Street Food from Portobello Road that we (somewhat) enjoyed as we sat in the grass of some lovely park. I loved the atmosphere, but we could have made a better choice of the type of food. Then we had a delicious smoothie at Harrod’s Fresh Market Hall. It was the perfect drink to enjoy while we window shopped.
On this night, we dined at Rules Restaurant. This is the oldest restaurant in London! How cool!! The food was fantastic, but the decor was genuinely unforgettable! It was so over the top and unique that looking around and admiring the walls kept us occupied throughout our meal.
What we did
We started our day ready to explore Portobello Road. So, we hopped on the Underground to visit their market. Saturdays are their primary market day, and it’s overwhelming how large the market is and how many people attend. Vendors flood the street with antiques, new goods, food, and more. We spent the whole morning perusing as many pop-ups as we could. A must see! Somehow, I sadly didn’t take a single photo.
The next place we went was Harrods Luxury Department Store. From food to fashion, the entire store is a site to see. There are seven floors so you could spend all day here. Most items were way out of our budget, but we did have some fun. Pete caught a few goofy photos of me trying on the world’s largest sun hat. Haha!
The Covent Garden was adorable and beautifully decorated from the Queen’s Jubilee. This area had the perfect mix between unique shops and brand name stores. Pete and I loved meandering into fun stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, a Pipe Parlour, and Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop. 🙂
On this day, we took it relatively easy. Jet lag hit us this morning, so we finally allowed ourselves to sleep in. Pete and I are so go, go, go on vacations that I should call them “trips” instead. A vacation sounds way more relaxing than what we typically plan. Haha! However, I am thankful we allowed ourselves a bit more downtime than usual because we needed it.
Where we ate
Since we slept in, we decided to order Room Service at our hotel so we could eat while we got dressed. The food was terrific, but this photo cracks me up! I wanted to take a picture of our tray, but I didn’t like that you could see my bright red pajamas in the shiny reflection. I couldn’t figure out how to get a picture without me in it, so Pete graciously offered to cover me up with a pillow. Hahaha! It didn’t really work, but I loved his effort.
We weren’t quite finished exploring the museum, so we ate at the Science Museum Cafe. I have zero memory of what we ate, but I remember it being as expected for cafeteria food. Not every meal needs to be fancy for us. 🙂
For dinner, we had reservations at Scott’s Restaurant in Mayfair. Our meal was amazing. I ordered fish and chips so many times on this trip that I lost count. Two aspects of this meal will forever stand out. First, I asked for English mustard for my chips, and our waiter brought me five different types! I was so shocked once they arrived, and they all tasted amazing. The U.S. needs to up its mustard offerings! The second thing was our dessert. This has to be one of the best desserts I have ever had!! Pete and I frequently look at this peach pavlova picture and have to stop our mouths from watering.
What we did
Since we planned to take it easy, we decided this would be a great day to check out the Natural History Museum & Science Museum. I loved that the museums were free, so we had no obligations or time commitments. It was a relaxing and educational day. The museums were fantastic. However, we were hoping for the American level of air conditioning, so we found the inside a bit too hot for our comfort level.
Lastly, we strolled through Mayfair. I was in awe of all the beautiful architecture and posh people. This area is full of luxury brands and rare cars. We regret not making any purchases at this charming leather shop that Pete and I found. Well, that’s a wrap on our fourth and fifth days in London!