First Anniversary in London & Stockholm

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jkopans

 
Celebrated our first anniversary in London, and visited some friends in Stockholm. Early springtime is a little chilly in both places (especially Stockholm where we had snow!) but Europe is never dull and always has great food.

St. Ermin's Hotel - Autograph Collection

St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection, Caxton Street, London, United Kingdom

Fantastic, centrally-located hotel near the top sites in London. This hotel is walking distance to Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. There is a great bar in the lobby that is perfect for a craft cocktail before dinner at one of the great restaurants nearby.

London Eye

London Eye, London, United Kingdom

Great views of London, but definitely try to go at sunset for a really beautiful view. Don't waste time on the crazy line - get the fast pass ticket ahead of time!

Tour of Parliament

Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

London is full of history, and Parliament, located in the Palace of Westminster, is one of the oldest buildings. You can book a tour ahead of time and get a glimpse into hundreds of years of British rule and quirky government traditions. The tour is definitely worth it!

The Quilon - Best Indian Food

41 Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom

Our anniversary fell on a Sunday, and it was a little difficult finding a restaurant for our special dinner. Or so I thought. This place has a well-deserved Michelin star. Try the wine-pairing menu - it was awesome. And try not to fill up on these little puffs at the beginning (it will be difficult).

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom

Daily ceremony at 11am - get there early! This has all of the pomp and circumstance one would expect of a royal ceremony, and with a lot of fun uniforms and music thrown in. Try standing in the middle of the circle as it is elevated and you can get a better view!

Afternoon Tea at Claridge's

Claridge's, London, United Kingdom

Afternoon tea is a must, and there are tons of great spots. Claridge's is one of the best, and they made our anniversary extra special. We opted for the champagne option, and let the staff pick our tea for us since we knew nothing about it. The warm scones and the Claridge's jam are the absolute best - don't miss out!

Lunch at the Hairy Pig Deli

The Hairy Pig Deli, Österlånggatan, Stockholm, Sweden

This super tiny and unassuming restaurant was some of the best food I've had, and is farm to table at it's best and truest. Try the "hot dog," locally made sausage. You can't go wrong with anything here (and they're a great follow on Instagram!) They also have a restaurant I'll be trying next time.

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden

It's an old old wooden ship - but cool regardless.

 

St. Ermin's Hotel - Autograph Collection

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St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection
Fantastic, centrally-located hotel near the top sites in London. This hotel is walking distance to Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. There is a great bar in the lobby that is perfect for a craft cocktail before dinner at one of the great restaurants nearby.
 

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London Eye

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London Eye, London
Great views of London, but definitely try to go at sunset for a really beautiful view. Don't waste time on the crazy line - get the fast pass ticket ahead of time!
 

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Tour of Parliament

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Palace of Westminster, London
London is full of history, and Parliament, located in the Palace of Westminster, is one of the oldest buildings. You can book a tour ahead of time and get a glimpse into hundreds of years of British rule and quirky government traditions. The tour is definitely worth it!
 

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The Quilon - Best Indian Food

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41 Buckingham Gate, London
Our anniversary fell on a Sunday, and it was a little difficult finding a restaurant for our special dinner. Or so I thought. This place has a well-deserved Michelin star. Try the wine-pairing menu - it was awesome. And try not to fill up on these little puffs at the beginning (it will be difficult).
 

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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace, London
Daily ceremony at 11am - get there early! This has all of the pomp and circumstance one would expect of a royal ceremony, and with a lot of fun uniforms and music thrown in. Try standing in the middle of the circle as it is elevated and you can get a better view!
 

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Afternoon Tea at Claridge's

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Claridge's, London
Afternoon tea is a must, and there are tons of great spots. Claridge's is one of the best, and they made our anniversary extra special. We opted for the champagne option, and let the staff pick our tea for us since we knew nothing about it. The warm scones and the Claridge's jam are the absolute best - don't miss out!
 

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Lunch at the Hairy Pig Deli

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The Hairy Pig Deli, Österlånggatan
This super tiny and unassuming restaurant was some of the best food I've had, and is farm to table at it's best and truest. Try the "hot dog," locally made sausage. You can't go wrong with anything here (and they're a great follow on Instagram!) They also have a restaurant I'll be trying next time.
 

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Vasa Museum

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Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen
It's an old old wooden ship - but cool regardless.
 

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