London was a dream come true! I absolutely fell in love the moment we got off the plane. Everything was AMAZING- the food, the transportation (using the tube), the streets, the friendliness of locals, the history, the architecture… I could go on and on and on. If you have the opportunity to go to London- GO GO GO! Here are some of the highlights from my trip and things I would definitely recommend if you have a couple of days to explore around town.
1. London Eye
The view from the London Eye was so cool & a lot of fun! This was definitely the most expensive view and the line was fairly long, however, I would still recommend it and say that it was worth it. It is basically a giant ferris wheel, and your ticket gives you a 30 minute ride which will get you around one full time.
2. Queen’s Walk
Take some time to walk along the water. We did this walk to from the Westminster Bridge area to the Millenium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, and so many other things! Along the walk there are so many pretty views of the water with restaurants, shops, and local performers. It is also just as pretty at night so try to get views at both times of the day!
3. St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful church in London. It is just as beautiful inside and it is outside. You are also able to climb to the top for the best view (in my opinion) of London! To get to the top you do have to climb A LOT of stairs, so make sure you are mentally prepared for that. However, the view is SO worth it. This view does not have glass in between you and the outside, which makes it so much better than the other views we got in other places.
(above) This is the view from about half way up St. Paul’s Cathedral.
4. Tower Bridge
5. Sky Garden
Sky Garden is a fun FREE thing to do in London! We reserved our ticket online in advance which was super helpful. The view had glass all the way around, but it was still beautiful. As you can see, we went at sunset which was absolutely breathtaking. The building had floor-to-ceiling windows all the way around so you were able to get views of everything, but, the terrace was only on one side. Sky Garden also had a bar and restaurant up top so you could eat and drink with this amazing view.
Buckingham Palace is a given. Everyone has always dreamed of going there. With that being said, it was extremely crowded and barely enjoyable. You are also going there just to see it through a gate. In my opinion, this is something I would skip if I was short on time… but, I get that it is one of those things that most people dream of seeing in London.
6. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is incredible! You were able to walk through the State Apartments which was so cool! It is about a 45 minute drive from London, but definitely worth it if you have time to get out of the city of a day. We took a tour bus with Evan Evans and did Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath in one day. We would totally recommend this company because we had a great time and our tour guide was very knowledgable. There is also a church at Windsor Castle, which is where Prince Harry & Meghan Markle will be getting married in May!