9.8.16

Walking around London - London Part II



The best way to start a day of sightseeing around London is to grab breakfast and a freshly brewed coffee at Hej Café. A café tucked away between the streets of Bermondsey, Hej offers the best breakfast options, from apple, brie and rocket Panini to a sweet pastry. It’s the perfect café to spend all day in working on your computer or studying. We didn’t have much time to stay because our first stop of the day was Buckingham palace to watch the changing of the guards and we were already running a little late. The three of us grabbed our breakfast and coffee, and headed to the tube.



(So many choices at Hej cafe)
Every day at 11:30am the guards change posts in front of Buckingham palace, a ceremony dating back to the early 17th century. During the changing of the guards, also known as the guard mounting, one regiment takes over from another. The guards march down the Mall, the long road from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham palace, around the Queen Victoria Memorial and through the gates of the palace. Once in the courtyard, the guards perform a series of marches and relieve the old guards of their duty. We were lucky to get up to the front row and watch the guards march past. I recommend getting there early, especially on the weekend because it is quiet the tourist attraction filled with a lot of people and selfie sticks.

(Guards marching around Queen Victoria Memorial)
(Guards Buckingham Palace courtyard)
After the guards took their new posts and the old guards marched back, we walked towards St. James’s Park where we stopped at the picturesque bridge to view the London eye and Wellington Barracks. The beautiful park feels like an escape from the busy streets of London and ideal for a Sunday morning stroll. Leaving the park we made our way towards Piccadilly Square but were stopped by over a hundred luxury cars driving through London to promote the beginning of Modball Rally. The Modball rally is an international road rally with a different route each year taking place on public roads. The drivers show off their cars and the many personalized modifications they have made. This year’s race started in London and made its way to Paris, Lyon, Monaco, Barcelona and ending the 2000 miles in Valencia, Spain.

(View from bridge in St. James's Park towards Wellington barracks on the left and London Eye on the right)
(Looking up the Mall towards Buckingham palace)
(Modball rally car)
(My favorite Modball rally car I saw...I love BMW)
Food is always on the itinerary when I travel so E took us to Kingly court for a delicious pizza at Pizza Pilgrims. Kingly court is a great spot to have lunch while sitting in the courtyard surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants. Each of us devoured our pizza because they looked unbelievably good. Along with my pizza I enjoyed a refreshing can of Coca-Cola. Hands down the soda tastes better in Europe than in the states, mainly due to the fact that there is real sugar used and not high fructose corn syrup. For dessert I stopped at the Moosh café across from Pizza Pilgrims to order a caramel iced coffee with almond milk, the perfect energy boost! 



(Some of the best pizza!)
(European Coca-Cola - the best)
 Our amazing tour guide, E, took us through Leicester Square where we watched some impressive street dancers and to Trafalgar Square where we got to see a man breath fire. From Trafalgar Square we followed Whitehall road past 10 Downing Street and towards the Parliament building, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Because it was Sunday we weren’t able to go inside the abbey but we did get to take in the large gothic structure built in the middle of the 13th century from outside.

(Walking around, not sure where exactly I took this)

(Dancers at Leicester Square)
(Man at Trafalgar Square)
(Trafalgar Square)
(Whitehall road from Trafalgar Square to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben)
(Left: Westminster Abbey; Right: Big Ben)
You can see beautiful views of London Eye, the Parliament building and Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge that crosses the river Thames. Although we wanted to go up the London Eye, it was quite expensive and we had seen stunning views of London from the Shard the night before (read post here). Instead we enjoyed the view from the ground, taking a break in the grassy area just below the London Eye. 

(The Parliament building, Big Ben and Westminster bridge)
Our tour of London was coming to an end. We finished the walk back to E’s apartment by passing through South Bank, past a used book market to a skate park and ending back at Tower Bridge. There we were greeted by a large cruise ship passing under Tower Bridge, a remarkable achievement by the ship’s captain because the two towers of the bridge are not far apart and to maneuver a ship that large took skill.

(Left: London Eye; Right: Tower Bridge)
(Used book Market on the South Bank)
(View north from the south bank)
(Cruise ship on the Thames River)
Every neighborhood we walked through had its own atmosphere and energy that made it memorable, I can’t say I have a favorite part of London but I do have a favorite new memory – walking around London with my two best friends (as chessy as that sounds) =o)

x the Adventurer



64 comments:

  1. It's always fun walking around London. I love kingly court so much, it has nice shops and restaurants at the same time :D
    Nice post,
    x

    Mia | my-world-vibes.blogspot.com

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    1. London was so fun to walk around =o) Thanks for leaving a comment, it means a lot =o)

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  2. yes, i remember the saying 'is not where you go, is about who you with'. Your london trip look amazing with those food and activity outside.

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    1. Oh thank you! The trip was so much better having my best friend and boyfriend with me =o)

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  3. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  4. Beautiful pictures! London looks lovely and that pizza looks amazing... :)

    Morgan | www.monde-et-mode.com

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    1. London is such a fun city! It may have been some of the best pizza i've had =o)

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  5. So nice to see all these familiar places! I was in London two weeks ago and already miss it so much.

    LUXESSED

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    1. I know, there is so much to see in London I need to go back =o)

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  6. I adore visiting London, its one of my favourite places everr!! The pizzas looked so yummy and your photos are amazing x
    -Alice
    alicejlorna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the post =o) The pizza was hands down some of the best pizza i've tried =o)

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  7. I could walk around London all day long! Great coffee shops and the history always amazes me. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. Right! There is so much to see in London =o) I definitely want to plan a trip back soon

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  8. Your post about London is unbelievable! I just got back from London myself and your pictures make me want to go back as soon as possible :)

    www.pennyanddash.com

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    1. Thank you so much, your comment put such a huge smile on my face =o) I'm glad to hear you had an amazing time in London =o)

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  9. Life in London is just the best, could spend days and days just strolling around! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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    1. I am sure =o) I would have loved to have stayed a few extra days longer to see more of the city =o)

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  10. Hi! I'm from Brazil and never went London! It seems to be a beautiful place with an awesome tasty food hahahaha i loved your post! xx
    Mile from
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    1. Hi! I would love to visit Brazil one day =o) I'm so happy you liked my post and hope one day you get to visit London =o)

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  11. great pictures ! makes me want to go back to london

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  12. I love all of these photos, even though they really make me miss London. Food is always on the agenda when I travel as well, I always like to kick off a day of exploring with brunch and London has so many good food places!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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    1. Food is the most important aspect of any trip =o) Thank you for the sweet comment, it means so much =o)

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  13. London is gorgeous! Great job on capturing these photos. I hope I get to visit the place soon :D

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    1. Thank you! I am so happy you like my photos, and I hope you get to visit London soon too =o)

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  14. Oh I'd love to see the guard mounting one day! Also omg I could spend forever at the used book market! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. The guards were a real treat to see =o) And yes the used books were so fun to look through =o)

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  15. It has been so long ago that I have been in London, it was in 1997 :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Do you want to follow each other?
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. Oh wow that has been a while =o) So much has changed since then I am sure, so I hope you get a chance to revisit the incredible city of London =o)

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  16. Ah this looks absolutely lovely - beautiful post! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  17. What a fabulous day! The highlights to me were... the food, of course. That pizza, oh my! And the used books martket looked pretty awesome too.

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    1. Of course the food =o) most important part of any trip!

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  18. What lovely photos! These pictures really make me want to go back to London right away, and I have never heard of Hej Cafe, but next time I am in London, I will be sure to visit it! Thanks so much for the tip!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. I am so happy you liked my post =o) I definitely recommend Hej cafe, it was such a fresh and light breakfast and the coffee tasted incredible =o)

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  19. Ooh yum, those baguettes look delicious! I love how you mention every area of London having its own kind of atmosphere and energy, I often feel that way too when visiting cities :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. They were so delicious! Thank you, I agree it is when visiting any city =o)

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  20. beautiful :)
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  21. Amazing photos, i miss london!

    xx
    Xin

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  22. Beautiful pictures. London is such an amazing city.
    Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know, and I'll follow you right back :)

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    1. Thank you =o) London is one of my favorite cities to visit =o)

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  23. London is on my travel list! thanks fr share

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  24. Such a cool trip! I'm jealous!!! Loving all of your photos sharing the touristy moments!


    Amber
    All the Cute

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    1. Thank you =o) I'm so happy you like them, London is very photogenic =o)

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  25. Lovely post, I will have to come back here before my next London trip!

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

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    1. Thank you, I am glad you found it helpful =o)

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  26. Beautiful pictures and tour. I'm taking notes on what I should visit when I travel there.

    xo
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    1. I'm so happy you found my post helpful =o) London is such a great city with so much to see!

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  27. I've never been but dying to visit on my next EuroTrip!
    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back to check out my TOP PARIS TRAVEL GUIDE!

    Xx- Julie

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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    1. Definitely add London to your list of places to visit on your next Eurotrip =o) You will love it there!

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  28. I absolutely love London, so definitely loved looking through these awesome photos!
    WritingMonique

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    1. Isn't London just so photogenic and incredible to explore =o) I am glad you enjoyed my photos =o)

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  29. Oh my this is making me long for London again, I truly miss the city. A lovely recount you have posted x

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    1. Thank you, your comment means so much and put such a smile on my face =o) I missed london just looking through all the photos and reminiscing of my trip

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  30. London looks so bright and lively through your eyes! Great pics! :)

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    1. I'm so happy you think so! Thank you for such a sweet and kind comment =o)

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  31. Looks amazing!!! Definitely miss London! Where are you off to next?

    Grace
    www.gracehui.com/blog

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you think so =o) Next I am off to the Caribbean in a few weeks for a last summer trip =o)

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x the Adventurer