Royal Vacation: Great walks around London

Royal Vacation: Great walks around London

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!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

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.

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Big Ben and the London Eye in the background!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Off to the National Gallery!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

National Gallery

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Crabs!

Then Covent Garden Market!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

The Market

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Need to get some Macarons!

Over to Piccadilly Circus!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Ending our day with a view of Buckingham Palace.

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

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)

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Back of Buckingham Palace after the tour

 

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Back garden

Then a walk through Hyde Park to afternoon Tea and Kensington Palace

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Hyde Park with the Palace in the distance

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk, orangery

The Orangery for Tea

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Shirt matches the icing

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Kensington Palace

Finally, a walk through Notting Hill.

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

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!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Changing of the Guard

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Tower of London and Tower Bridge!

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Location of the Crown Jewels

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Inside the Tower of London complex

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, Covent Garden market, Seven Dials, Piccadilly Circus and finally, Buckingham Palace map walk

The spot where she said YES!

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!

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