Updated on January 19, 2018
Royal Vacation: Great walks around London
After checking into our great hotel we had several days in London to take in all the fantastic sights in the city. I have been to London three other times and Katie had been once before when we got engaged, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, this was our parents first time in the city.
This will be one the shorter posts in this trip report in terms of actually words as it will mostly be pictures of what we saw.
Here is the trip so far:
We walked most of the places we went in London, or at least walked there and then maybe took The Tube back.
There were two distinct routes that we took on 2 separate days that, combined with the awesome weather, turned out to be excellent ways to spend the day!
The first route was on our first day when I wanted to give both sets of parents a good feel for the city and take in as much of London as possible. The map of our route is shown below and included: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace!
It was a great first day in the city because after one day I think everyone felt like they had already seen a lot. We stopped for lunch in the Covent Garden Market but otherwise it was all walking and sight seeing.
Off to the National Gallery!
Then Covent Garden Market!
Over to Piccadilly Circus!
Ending our day with a view of Buckingham Palace.
The next day we left the city to see Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury as I will discuss in the next post but the following day it was right back to London Walks!
This time we headed west and started our day with a tour of Buckingham Palace before heading over to Hyde Park, having afternoon tea at the Orangery and seeing Kensington Palace before ending our day in Notting Hill!
Tour of Buckingham Palace! (no pictures allowed inside unfortunately)
Then a walk through Hyde Park to afternoon Tea and Kensington Palace
Finally, a walk through Notting Hill.
On our forth day of the trip, and last day gallivanting around the city, we stuck to two areas. First, we needed to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and then it was time to take the Tube to Tower Hill where we saw the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and took pictures of where we got engaged 2.5 years earlier, now married and with a baby on the way!
Tower of London and Tower Bridge!
As I said, this is mostly a picture tour of the city, but it was another great time in one of Katie and my favorite cities that was made all the more special by sharing it with our parents.
Next up, we leave the city and get to see a little of the English countryside!