Our original plan had balanced time in London with a bunch of different day trips out to other parts of England, including Glastonbury, Brighton and Beachy Head. However, money reared its ugly head and we found ourselves "stuck" in London for almost the entirety of our trip. I was initially a little worried since this will be my seventh(!) visit, and I've already done/seen a lot in and around the city. Was I actually going to get bored in London?!
Turns out, absolutely not! This city has so much going on, I was able to find more than enough things we haven't done yet to fill our week. I also really like the laid back vibe this trip will have; it's rather fitting for the reasons we'll be there.
Arrive at Heathrow at 11am. I like to keep my arrival days loose. In case I didn't get much sleep on the plane, we don't have to keep a schedule in a haze of jet lag. We'll most likely wander around Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square. We might include the London Transport Museum; their gift shop is fun! We'll grab an easy dinner somewhere and most likely retire rather early.
First stop: British Museum. We've been multiple times, but my husband loves it; it's one of the few things that make his eyes light up. Then off to Borough Market for one of their ridiculous grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. (These are the only two things my husband specifically requested on this trip.) Afterward, we'll wander down South Bank, which always includes a stop into the gift shop at Shakespeare's Globe to see what fun things are for sale. Later, we'll catch dinner somewhere easy. More laid back wandering.
Kensington museum day! The V&A, Natural History Museum and Tate Britain, all museums we haven't been to yet. Our major anniversary splurge will be dinner at Rules Restaurant, after which we're going to Love Never Dies at the Adelphi. Happy 5th anniversary to us!
UPDATED: Unfortunately, our original plan of meeting a friend from Scotland isn't going to work out, so we've decided to hop a coach to Brighton and the coast instead. While I'm sad to miss seeing my girlie, I'm thrilled to be able to finally see Seven Sisters! Here's hoping for dry weather!
We'll wake up early to jump on our coach trip to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It also includes time in Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and lunch in Burlford in the Cotswolds.
We're taking a morning train out to wander around Windsor and Eton.
We're taking a morning City Cruise boat down the Thames to wander around Greenwich. Once we arrive, we'll be using the City Walks self-guided walking tour. (Am I a huge geek for really looking forward to going under Tower Bridge?)
Wednesday is a wild card, and we're keeping it that way. Michael wants to climb to the top of St. Paul's again. There are a bunch of random things we haven't done yet, including Little Venice, the Museum of London, paddling the Serpentine, wandering through Selfridges, touring Kensington Palace or Somerset House. Or perhaps we'll spend the day returning to all our favourite places, like our bridge. What better place to celebrate an anniversary, after all?
We'll have a small handful of hours until we have to go back to Heathrow. We always like to keep those open in case there is something we don't make it to during the rest of the week. Afterwards, we fly home, hopefully satisfied.
I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.