To be honest, visiting London was not a top priority. However, I’m really glad we spent 2 wonderful days there. London welcomed us with a sunny day!
Where we stayed
As I pointed out on an earlier post, one of my coworkers who is a born and bred true Londoner had advised me to only stay at Chelsea/Kensington or Knightsbridge. We used Hotels.com for the first time to book 2 nights at the Nadler Kensington, which is located within a block from the Earl’s Court Tube and rail station. LHR is about 9 stops/36-40 minutes from this station.
We were very pleased with the hotel. We were able to check-in early without any fuss. The staff was very helpful and professional. I asked for lunch recommendations and they recommended the Blackbird and gave us a 10% off voucher. The restaurant was also at the top of the Yelp list. While the Nadler lacks the amenities of fancier and more expensive hotels, it was perfect for our purposes. The room size was good by London’s standards, the bed was comfortable and everything was in good condition. The Kensington area is a great place to stay. You could walk to the museums, Hyde Park, and of course Kensington Palace. Using the Tube one is just a few stops from most of London’s top attractions.
Where we ate
We enjoyed several meals at the Blackbird including a full English breakfast and of course fish and chips.
The Aspire lounge at LHR
Right before leaving London, we visited the Aspire lounge and were pleasantly surprised with the space and the food.
The only weird thing was that you can take a shower for £20, but if you need to use the restroom you must exit the lounge.
What we did
We managed to cover most of the must-see items on our list. Without a doubt, the highlights were the British Museum, the Big Ben, and the Buckingham Palace. To really see everything London has to offer, I would recommend 5 days to a whole week.
On day one of our London agenda we took a ride-sharing car to London Bridge and from there we did the City Cruise which took us to Knightsbridge.
The cruise is done with quirky commentary by a self-proclaimed non-professional guide. This is a great way to see most of London’s top attractions.
We ended the cruise near the Big Ben and from there walked to Westminster Abbey, St. James Park and finally Buckingham Palace.
Day 2 was museum day
We started our day having a full English breakfast and then headed to The British Museum. We are still checking the pictures, but we were almost certain that we saw certain rapper/actor from Atlanta.
After several hours at the British Museum, we squeezed in a visit to Harrods, a walk around Hyde Park and Knightsbridge before ending the day at the Science Museum. While were at the Science Museum shop, the spouse noticed a familiar face…it was none other than Katy Perry herself! By the time we tried to get a selfie with her, Ms. Perry had vanished!
It’s often said that Americans should start their first visit to Europe with London since the culture shock may be mild. Airfares to London can also be less expensive although fares can get super expensive when flying out of London. This is a world class city with excellent transportation and as a tourist there seem to always be someone available to assist whenever needed. We learned that to truly see everything London has to offer one would need 5-7 days easily. In terms of costs, London is known for being an expensive destination, yet there are plenty of low cost or free things to do while visiting.