Next stop of the trip: London
Day 1:Â Checked in at our hotel â€“ Marriott County Hall and zipped over to the London Eye for a ride on the oversized ferris wheel, for magnificent views of London and a champagne toast on the ride up. NextÂ we headed over to Ping Pong for apps and drinks along the river.Â Later that evening we met up with a friend at theÂ Betsey Trotwood Pub, a quaint little pub, and watched Max Dickens perform a comedy skit in the basement. To top the night off we stopped byÂ Paramount LoungeÂ for fancy drinks and to see another beautifulÂ Â beautiful view ofÂ the city.
Day 2:Â the plan was to kick off the day with a hop on hop off bus tour – however we ran into some issues with the bus tours and traffic in London. Â Long story short do not take the Original London Sightseeing Tour instead take Big Bus Tours and expect A LOT of traffic. Note: I would not do this again in London. Â Once we did make it on the bus we did a small lap and headed to China Town to fill our bellies with the most deliciousÂ Taiwanese lunch- Leongâ€™s Legend.Â Followed by a walk aroundÂ Pickadelli where we purchased some Yumcha teaÂ – we are in LOVE with the Ginsing Guardian BlendÂ -Â and Greg had a belt custom made by Idris De Angeli. Â We took a stroll aroundÂ Selfridges, walked by Buckingham palace and St Jameâ€™s ParkÂ then back to the hotel for a nap and the US vs Germany Futbol game. Â That evening we celebrated mom and dads 60th birthday atÂ Criterion RestaurantÂ (where Dark Night was filmed) where we ate like kings and even received champagne from our hotel concierge.
Day 3:Â MorningÂ bus ride to Victoria bus station for a day out of the city. Â Our first stop was Â Warwick castle – beautiful views, decent castle, awful food, cool birds. Â Next stop Â was Shakespeare birthplace,Â Stratford Upon Avon – a smallÂ town with lots of cute shops and restaurants. Â If I did the trip again i would stay overnight. Â The final stop of the day wasÂ Oxford – a beautiful town filled with students, once again I wish we would of had more time there. When we arrived back in London we ate at The Shakespear TavernÂ and most of the group ordered fish andÂ chips.
Day 4:Â For our last morning, and my favorite part of London, weÂ went to Boroughâ€™s Market, aÂ farmers market on steroids. Â We strolled around looking at fresh produce, meats, breads, cheeses and a wide variety of food stations (aka heaven). Â I just wish we had the same in Atlanta so I could do more than browse. Â The afternoonÂ was a bit of a disappointment. Â We tried to go to the Imperial War Museum, but it was closed. So instead we went to Notting Hill – I expected a cute row of pastel houses mixed in with an antique market but it was the opposite. Â ImagineÂ china town filled with antiques andÂ overgrown with tourists. Â So we just got a quick beer and snack thenÂ tubed it back to the hotel for a nap and dinner.Â We redeemed the afternoon thatÂ evening with aÂ lovely candlelight concert atÂ Shakespeares (indoor) Globe.
Read about our stay inÂ DublinÂ andÂ Barcelona.