Saturday, September 12, 2015

LONDON CITY GUIDE




 








  


What I wore: Dress: Vince | Flats: Chloe | Blazer: J.Crew

You guyyyyyyyyyyyyys.  We're back!!!  We had the absolutely BEST time in Europe.  I can't wait to share our travels with you over the next few weeks -- from London, to Paris, to Italy, and back to the BNA.  We're still trying to get back into regular life, and the JET LAG is real Y'ALL.  

Okay, let's start with L-O-N-D-O-N.  We flew out of Nashville at 4p on Friday afternoon and arrived in London the next morning around 11a.  Because we only had a short 36hrs in London, we hit the ground running.  We quickly checked the bags into our adorably perfect hotel -- Blake's Hotel -- and caught an UBER to Westminster Abbey.  We bought our tickets online in advance -- best move maybe ever -- because we walked straight into the Abbey with no line at all.  Westminster Abbey is one of the prettiest places that I've ever seen and touring it was probably my favorite thing that we did in London.  TIP -- download the free App before you get there for an audio tour that's so very helpful.

After touring the Abbey, we took a short walk over to Westminster Pier where we caught a boat to Tower Bridge.  We walked passed Big Ben on the way to the pier -- and... it started to rain.  OF COURSE.  I was okay with it though because we bought a pure touristy umbrella which I'd been eyeing since we landed.  {It was 8 pounds and pretty much fell apart before we left London -- but I was so glad we had it for the short time we did!}.

Because of the drizzle, we got off the boat at Tower Bridge to grab a happy-hour drink along the Thames River.   The rain stopped, and we jumped back on the boat and made our way back toward Westminster Pier at dusk.

From there, we took the Tube to dinner at Chiltern Firehouse.  Super yummy and the atmosphere was so glam!  It's tucked into a boutique hotel that was a fire station in the 1800s.  The coolest, right?!  We grabbed a taxi back to our hotel -- I just LOVE the taxis in London.  They're so cute and Londony!

The next morning, we grubbed at the Wolseley {highly recommend!} before walking to Buckingham Palace and then through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace.  I realllllly wanted to stop by Portobello Row in Notting Hill so we made the trek over -- only to get caught up in the most MASSIVE Notting Hill festival!  They closed all the trains in the area which made it more than a bit difficult to get back to our hotel to grab our bags.  

We finally made it back -- and it was off to do some browsing at Harrods and then on Bond Street -- I swear there were like six different Chanel stores on one street! H-E-L-L-O.  We had a quick spot of tea at Fortnum & Mason before we hopped on the train to Paris.

Thanks for stopping by, guys!  Have a great weekend! x.





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