london, england

In May 2016, Alex and I took our very first international trip to London & Paris! This was my very first trip to Europe, and having just graduated from nursing school, I was beyond excited for our adventures.

We stayed in the Kings Cross area for 5 nights. We love to walk & get lost — & staying in such a central location allowed us to us to see everything on our bucket list!

Arriving in London very jet-lagged, we stayed close to our hotel & explored Camden Town. If you’re ever in London, you absolutely have to visit one of the many markets — Camden Market, Borough Market, Portobello Road Market, Covent Garden London — the list goes on & on! The markets are full of unique shops, bars & cafes, & you could easily spend hours exploring.

After a very long sleep, we started our first day in London at Tuttis — a cozy little British cafe. With full bellies, we walked to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London & Tower Bridge.

Tower of London is an absolute must for any visit to London. Built in 1066, Tower of London is a historic castle off the River Thames. The castle has served as a fortress protecting the city, prison, royal palace, armory, treasury, public record office, & home of the Crown Jewels of England. It is also where Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII! Plan to spend several hours exploring the grounds.

We ended our first evening at Shakespeare’s Globe, where we saw a Midsummer Night’s Dream. While tickets are a bit expensive, the play was a highlight of our trip.

On day two in London, we woke early to experience Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. As an avid watching of The Crown on Netflix, I just had to see where Queen Elizabeth lives! Changing of the Guard was definitely an experience, but I probably wouldn’t do it again… too many people and crowds!

From Buckingham Palace, we walked through St. James’s Park to Westminster Abbey, the House of Parliament, and Big Ben.

Ready for afternoon tea, we made our way to Sketch, a quirky 18th century townhouse tea room and Michelin-star restaurant. Make reservations ahead of time, and don’t forget to check out the famous restrooms!

After getting our tea fix, we set out to explore Carnaby Street & Covent Garden. The next time we visit London, we’re definitely staying in the Covent Garden area — there are so many cute cafes, shops & hidden gems to explore here!

We ended our evening at Gordon’s Wine Bar — a wine cellar located in an underground cave, dating back to the 1890s!

On day three in London, we explored Hyde Park & Kensington Palace. The gardens at Kensington Palace are absolutely beautiful! Following the Palace tour, we set out for another walk & found ourselves at Harrods, the world’s most famous department store. We spent the evening exploring Nottinghill & I am still dreaming of owning a townhouse here one day!

On our fourth & final day in London, the weather was a bit dreary, so we headed to the British Museum. The museum is huge & you could easily spend days exploring… but our feet were tired, so we inevitably found ourselves at a British pub, enjoying a shepherds pie!