London is always a good idea – especially at this time of year when the weather is so lovely! I have spent a fair amount of time in London over the past eight years (since my sister moved there) but I never tire of going back.
(No) Thanks to jet lag, we were up at about 05:00 every morning and so managed to squeeze quite a bit into our three days in London. We had the most wonderful time pub hopping around Chelsea with old friends; wandering along the Southbank past all of the sights – Big Ben, London Eye, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and Tower of London; running through Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’s Park (not all in one run!); sipping champagne in Greenwich; sitting at a small table on the sidewalk in the sun enjoying pain au chocolat at Aubaine; exploring the architectural gems and dingy alleys of Soho and cycling around Covent Gardens (well, not exactly cycling for me, more like wobbling around trying to miss pedestrians. Plus, you can’t actually cycle through Covent Gardens so we did have to dismount for a while, much to my relief).
My favorite evening in London, this time around, was spent sharing small plates at Foley’s on Foley Street in Fitzrovia (this restaurant is an absolute must if you’re in the area) followed by cocktails at Milk and Honey in Soho (the Black Russian is especially divine).
On this trip, I also spent a day and night in Cambridge which was a real treat. Not only to be able to spend time with one of my oldest and dearest friends, but because Cambridge is simply gorgeous and to my surprise, only a 45 minute train journey from London.
We watched the punters on the river Cam; wandered past St John’s College, the Round Church and Trinity College; climbed the tower of Great St Mary’s Church to enjoy the stunning view over King’s College and Chapel and enjoyed lunch at a restaurant on Market Hill overlooking the market place covered with brightly striped tents.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip to London at the end of the month.