London, England, You have stolen our hearts forever. We went to London for a late birthday gift for Hunter after coming across some tickets for a pretty amazing deal and just couldn't say no. Think being in The Holiday accept it’s real life and everywhere you go there were fires in pubs and Christmas decorations and fog and candlelight. It was a dream.
We busted our you know whats every day trying to see it all, and walked 40 miles in like three days...but we didn’t have a choice because it's London and it's super beautiful. There’s so much to see! We stayed 4 nights total, which in our opinion was perfect. An easy train ride away was Oxford and the surrounding idyllic towns. Simply put, London is on the top of our list now. We hope you have a great trip!
This hotel was located in the upcoming area of Shoreditch. It was about a 5 minute walk to the train station and close to some really awesome restaurants and shops. We would definitely stay here again.
East London Juice Co - This cute little walk up window is located right next to the ace hotel and had some of the best waffles we have ever had. They handed them to us in plastic cups and they were topped with all sorts of healthy things! A great place to go for a quick, tasty, but healthy breakfast.
The Spaniards Inn- This little pub had the best Sunday Roast. There was a fire going inside when we got there and people had their dogs sitting under their tables while they enjoyed hot toddy's and roast. Can you tell that Christmas is our favorite time of the year?
The Mayflower Pub - I mean it truly is difficult in London to find a pub that you don’t like. They are all wonderful in our eyes. This was another winner!
Ye Ol Cheshire Cheese -This place has a funny name but it was Churchills favorite bar from the 1600’s. It is crazy to literally be inside of these buildings and try to picture who all has been there.
Monocle Cafe - A great spot for coffee and snacks.
The Barley Mow Pub - We stopped here for a quick Guinness.
The Tin Shed - This was our favorite little lunch spot in Notting Hill. The food was great and the atmosphere was so cozy.
Gordon’s Wine Bar - This place is a must. It was super crowded when we tried to go..as are most wonderful places in London, but we just got a huge board of meats, cheeses, breads, and pickles with some wine and enjoyed the evening.
The Ivy Market Grill - We went to this place for dinner one night and they had so many different options to make everyone happy. It was a great place to rest our feet and grab something warm to eat...and dessert too of course.
The Lamb Inn - This piece of heaven was in the Cotswolds in Burford. We just can’t even describe how in love we both are with this part of the world. We sat next to a roaring fire with a cute pup next to us, a warm cup of tea in our hands, and some food to warm our bellies. We try to explain it to people but we just can’t. It was that magical.
The Wild Rabbit - On to the next place that came straight down from Heaven. This inn was also in the Cotswolds and like all of the other places, we made ourselves comfortable right next to the fire with something warm to drink and eat. We have decided that we must go back to this jewel and stay a few nights sometime in the future.
Eagle and Child - This pub is the spot that the Inklings shared their evening discussions about life, literature, and religion.
Marylebone -We loved just walking around this area of town. It is filled with super cute shops and restaurants.
Camden Market - A market where there are lots of food vendors and shops.
Notting Hill- Classic London streets, with tons of quaint cobblestone streets and idyllic cafes and pubs.
Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Somerset House - Their Christmas market and ice skating rink is to die for.
Tower of London
Columbia Flower Market - This is a must see and is on Sundays only.
Hampstead Heath - A huge park with lots of space to roam. It was beautiful to just walk through. It is located right in the city but makes you feel like you are far away.
Cotswolds - A must see if you have a day to get out of London. We took a train to Oxford and from there we rented a car and drove to the Cotswolds.
Arlington Row - The iconic old row of houses that you see from the Cotswolds. This place literally is a fairytale!
Our Top Recommendations
Cotswolds (Dreamy region in England with old homes and shops in the countryside)
Wild Rabbit for dinner (Kingham), you can also stay here which I would definitely recommend.
Spaniards Inn for Sunday roast (Hampstead)
Lamb Inn for lunch (Burford)
Somerset House during the Christmas season (London)
Gordon's Wine Bar (London)
Columbia Flower Market (London on Sundays)
Hampstead Heath (park in the middle of the city great for a nice walk)