After we booked our Paris trip, we decided to take a short jaunt to London on the recommendation of several friends. It’s so easy to travel in Europe – it was just a 2.5 hour train ride from Paris to London. We had about 48 hours in London, but I fell in love with the city’s character and we saw a lot in our short time there. Here’s a few of the things we did:
High Tea – we knew we couldn’t go to London without experiencing high tea! Mike booked us a table at Ting at the Shard, and it was a fun experience. The views were amazing and the tea was delicious (food was just okay, TBH).
Churchill War Museum – this was a huge highlight for both of us! The Churchill War Museum is located in the actual underground bunkers that were used as Churchill’s headquarters during WWII, and it contains a lot of artifacts from Churchill’s life. He was an eccentric and brilliant man who deeply cared for his people and making a difference in the world.
Ate amazing Indian food – several friends recommended Dishoom for Indian food, and it did NOT disappoint! The food was so flavorful and delicious, that we ended up going back from brunch another day :) I can’t remember everything we tried, but I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. The restaurant itself has a really fun, retro vibe and apparently they have live jazz music most evenings.
Tower of London – we knew that we only had time to fit in one tour, and decided on the Tower, which is rich in history. The tour guide here was fantastic and told us some interesting stories that really added color to the whole experience. We also got to see the changing of the guards.
Saw Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross – the last thing we did during our short time in London was to (try to) see Platform 9 3/4 since we both love Harry Potter – but apparently everyone in the station had the same idea at 9 AM in the morning ;) We took some pictures from the side, bought a few key chains from the gift shop, and called it a day.
While Paris was so beautiful, London felt like such an approachable but interesting city – I get the sense that there’s a mish-mosh of cultures and styles happening, which Paris has made such an effort to keep the overall feel of the city and architecture very consistent. I would love to go back someday – there’s still so much we have to see!