A Weekend Away in London

Sharon Sobel

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If you're looking for a quick international getaway for a long weekend no matter the time of year, check out London! I went on this trip with my boyfriend and we spent 3 days in London and then headed up to Scotland, but it can easily be made into just a long weekend.

Horse Guards

Horse Guards Parade, London, United Kingdom

If you have 5 minutes take a stroll by the Horse Guards. They are a 5 minute walk away from most major attractions and are worth it (so cute!). These horse guards are true "guards" for the queen and are what parade her around when there is a royal ceremony. There is also a museum inside that allows you to get a glimpse of the stables. Right up my alley since I love horses.

Club Quarters Hotel, Tralfalgar Square

Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, London, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Club Quarters Hotel in Tralfalgar Square. We loved this hotel because of its perfect location! We were able to walk to most attractions and if we couldn't walk there was public transportation right nearby. There were also a few local restaurants to go to right around the corner so food was no issue. I also highly recommend getting the London Pass! We were able to cut a few lines and avoid paying for public transport and entry fees to museums and attractions.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom

Taking a tour of Westminster Abbey was so beautiful and brought history to life! Keep in mind, the line gets very long (you can see it behind us) so give yourself plenty of time.

Big Ben

Big Ben, London, United Kingdom

Take a stroll by Big Ben and Parliament to enjoy the views. It is right near all the other attractions so you can't miss it! Did you know that Big Ben is really the bell that is inside the tower and the tower you see is called the Elizabeth Tower?

London Eye

London Eye, London, United Kingdom

The London Eye is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in London so its worth a look even if you don't take a ride. The line to get tickets and get on the eye is very long so I recommend getting there first thing in the morning.

Churchill War Roms

Churchill War Rooms, London, United Kingdom

If you are a war or history buff the Churchill War Rooms is the place for you (my boyfriend enjoyed it more than I did). This is where Winston Churchill had his bunker during the war and lead the country from underground (if you don't like small space or you are claustrophobic this might not be the place for you).

Saint James Park

Saint James Park, London, United Kingdom

We visited in the spring and the flowers in Saint James park were so beautiful! It is a great place to take a stroll or sit down to relax for a bit. If you walk through the park you will also end at Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace is the perfect place to end after a stroll through Saint James Park. The palace is only open for tours during the summer months when the Queen resides at her summer residence (isn't she lucky?).

Brunch at Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

We had Easter brunch at Fortnum and Mason. It is the perfect place to enjoy some iconic British dining and tea. Make sure you enjoy a little shopping after as well.

High Tea at the Orangery

The Orangery Restaurant, London, United Kingdom

Having tea at the Orangery right outside Kensington Palace was one of my favorite things to do in London! Both the tea and food were delicious! You look out over the palace and the gardens - what a perfect view! This does require reservations in advance so book accordingly.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom

After tea we took a self guided tour through Kensington Palace. The gardens behind the palace are well worth a stroll as well. While we were there they also had just opened a fashion exhibit on Princess Diana featuring many of her outfits. This is not a permanent exhibit so check to see if its open during your visit. Kensington Palace is also where Kate and the children live while in London so keep an eye out for the Princess!

British Pub

The Harp, Chandos Place, London, United Kingdom

Pop into any British pub and taste some local fish and chips and grab a pint :) the beer isn't as warm as they say

Boat Cruise up the Thames River/Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, United Kingdom

Departing from the London Eye, we took a boat cruise up the Thames River. This was a great way to see some of the sights (the globe theater) and architecture (London Bridge) of the city. It was also a very quick means of transportation to get from one end of London to the other. We ended our cruise at the Tower of London right before Tower Bridge (what you see in the picture - no, that is not London Bridge like you might think).

Tower of London

Tower of London, London, United Kingdom

After our boat tour we ended at the Tower of London. There is so much to learn and see here that you could easily spend the entire day. I highly recommend one of the tours lead by a beefeater. While you are at the tower of London you can see things such as the crown jewels and the place where King Henry VIII killed his wives, one of them being the famous Anne Boleyn. Keep an eye out for the Ravens, they are always squawking in the background and have a creepy back story.

 

Horse Guards

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Horse Guards Parade, London
If you have 5 minutes take a stroll by the Horse Guards. They are a 5 minute walk away from most major attractions and are worth it (so cute!). These horse guards are true "guards" for the queen and are what parade her around when there is a royal ceremony. There is also a museum inside that allows you to get a glimpse of the stables. Right up my alley since I love horses.
 

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Club Quarters Hotel, Tralfalgar Square

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Club Quarters Hotel, Trafalgar Square
We stayed at the Club Quarters Hotel in Tralfalgar Square. We loved this hotel because of its perfect location! We were able to walk to most attractions and if we couldn't walk there was public transportation right nearby. There were also a few local restaurants to go to right around the corner so food was no issue. I also highly recommend getting the London Pass! We were able to cut a few lines and avoid paying for public transport and entry fees to museums and attractions.
 

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Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey, London
Taking a tour of Westminster Abbey was so beautiful and brought history to life! Keep in mind, the line gets very long (you can see it behind us) so give yourself plenty of time.
 

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Big Ben

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Big Ben, London
Take a stroll by Big Ben and Parliament to enjoy the views. It is right near all the other attractions so you can't miss it! Did you know that Big Ben is really the bell that is inside the tower and the tower you see is called the Elizabeth Tower?
 

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London Eye

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London Eye, London
The London Eye is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in London so its worth a look even if you don't take a ride. The line to get tickets and get on the eye is very long so I recommend getting there first thing in the morning.
 

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Churchill War Roms

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Churchill War Rooms, London
If you are a war or history buff the Churchill War Rooms is the place for you (my boyfriend enjoyed it more than I did). This is where Winston Churchill had his bunker during the war and lead the country from underground (if you don't like small space or you are claustrophobic this might not be the place for you).
 

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Saint James Park

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Saint James Park, London
We visited in the spring and the flowers in Saint James park were so beautiful! It is a great place to take a stroll or sit down to relax for a bit. If you walk through the park you will also end at Buckingham Palace.
 

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Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is the perfect place to end after a stroll through Saint James Park. The palace is only open for tours during the summer months when the Queen resides at her summer residence (isn't she lucky?).
 

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Brunch at Fortnum and Mason

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Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
We had Easter brunch at Fortnum and Mason. It is the perfect place to enjoy some iconic British dining and tea. Make sure you enjoy a little shopping after as well.
 

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High Tea at the Orangery

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The Orangery Restaurant, London
Having tea at the Orangery right outside Kensington Palace was one of my favorite things to do in London! Both the tea and food were delicious! You look out over the palace and the gardens - what a perfect view! This does require reservations in advance so book accordingly.
 

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Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace, London
After tea we took a self guided tour through Kensington Palace. The gardens behind the palace are well worth a stroll as well. While we were there they also had just opened a fashion exhibit on Princess Diana featuring many of her outfits. This is not a permanent exhibit so check to see if its open during your visit. Kensington Palace is also where Kate and the children live while in London so keep an eye out for the Princess!
 

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British Pub

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The Harp, Chandos Place
Pop into any British pub and taste some local fish and chips and grab a pint :) the beer isn't as warm as they say
 

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Boat Cruise up the Thames River/Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge, United Kingdom
Departing from the London Eye, we took a boat cruise up the Thames River. This was a great way to see some of the sights (the globe theater) and architecture (London Bridge) of the city. It was also a very quick means of transportation to get from one end of London to the other. We ended our cruise at the Tower of London right before Tower Bridge (what you see in the picture - no, that is not London Bridge like you might think).
 

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Tower of London

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Tower of London, London
After our boat tour we ended at the Tower of London. There is so much to learn and see here that you could easily spend the entire day. I highly recommend one of the tours lead by a beefeater. While you are at the tower of London you can see things such as the crown jewels and the place where King Henry VIII killed his wives, one of them being the famous Anne Boleyn. Keep an eye out for the Ravens, they are always squawking in the background and have a creepy back story.
 

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