Longing For London

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My husband took me to London last year for my birthday. And basically, he never has to do anything nice for me again. When I say I think about this trip on a weekly basis, I’m not joking. It had been a dream of mine to go there for a while and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

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Buildings on the Thames River

Armed with umbrellas and the chicest clothes my closet had to offer, we ran ourselves ragged trying to drink in all things London. Walking around and taking in all the buildings was one of my favorite parts. It tells a story of new meets old. Modern and classic all rolled into one, and it makes something beautiful. The details on the old buildings like the Palace of Westminster are mind-blowing to see up close. But the modern and sleek buildings are just as special to me. There is something for every architectural taste. And not only are the outside of buildings beautiful, but even the quaint little shops in East London have this modern, effortless vibe. We could have spent all four days just wandering around different streets and neighborhoods. Bourne & Hollingsworth

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There’s so much to love about this city but the one thing that fell short for me was the food. We certainly wouldn’t call ourselves foodies but we do love to eat! I read a lot about the up and coming food scene so we might have not gone to the right places. It’s not that the food was bad, it just wasn’t memorable.

Now the atmospheres of the restaurants—that’s a different story! They were all dreamy inside and that’s like 75% of the experience in my book. I really loved Bourne & Hollingsworth, mostly because they had lots of plants and black accents. I think a room can never have enough plants so it’s really a shame I can’t keep those suckers alive.

Our favorite meal by far was at the fancy Bob Bob Ricard, but it was also the most expensive. They have a “press for champagne” button at every table, and their two dining rooms are STUNNING. But the sultry lighting meant I couldn’t get a great picture, so you’ll have to check out the website if you want a glimpse.

Our very first meal in London-Room service at The Mondrian London at Sea Containers
Bob Bob Ricard

But the museums…the museums were incredible!! And mostly free. We only made it to two, and we could have spent many more hours in both. The Tate Modern was just a short walk from our hotel. Unfortunately, we only got to see ONE section of ONE floor, but even a short visit was well worth it. If we ever get to go back, this is on the top of my list to revisit. We also spent a few hours at the British Museum, which is another must see. They have the most Egyptian artifacts of any museum in the world. There are so many different cultures and time periods to explore this could easily have been an all-day event. I could go on and on about all the places we managed to see in four days, and yet sometimes I find myself daydreaming about all the places we didn’t get to. It reminded me of New York in that way. There’s so much you can experience, it’s impossible to see it all in a few days. 
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Experiencing new places is one of my favorite things. For me, that usually means a new part of the city or somewhere that’s driveable. Everyone wants to travel the world (me included!), but there are probably places you haven’t explored that aren’t across the country or ocean. Those places can be special too. Just last month Trip and I spent the night at the cutest little farm that’s only 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. We got to live the quiet, country life, even if it was just for a day. But I know, I know, that’s a hard sell when I’m writing about London, but I promise, it’s true. Anyway, this trip was truly special. I’ll be saving my pennies and air miles to get back there again! If you ever have a chance to visit, don’t pass it up.

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5 thoughts on “Longing For London

  1. This is awesome! I’ve never been to London and hope to visit some day. Thx so much for sharing…appreciated the specific details about some of the spots you visited. Seems like y’all had a blast. By the way, your family is beautiful and your kids are getting so big! I’ve followed you for a long time! I enjoy your blogs and your hubby’s music. If you’re ever interested in tips and tricks on naturally curly hair care for your kids (beautiful hair they have), please check out my IG page! @Kurlykeinya Also, I’m not selling anything or looking for attention. I just happen to to a mom of 3 curly girls and truly enjoy sharing hair care tips that work for me and my girls. They’ve got very long curly hair and as you may already know, naturally curly hair can be so beautiful and can take some learning as curls have a mind of their own! Lol! Be blessed!

  2. London is definitely on my travel bucket list! Sad to hear the food wasn’t the best as I am a foodie lol but maybe i will have to research some places if i ever get to go!

    1. yea I was disappointed too.I did a ton of research before we left, BUT our taste, in general, is pretty plain. I’m sure there are places that we might have passed up, that a foodie would not. I heard they have incredible Indian food but we didn’t get a chance to try it.

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