Our week in London was all work, but we had the weekend to look around. We’ve been to London once before and have hit the major sites. We were so busy this time — you won’t find photos of Westminster or Big Ben.
On the other hand, we got to do some things that were left off the list last time.
We’d originally planned an EPL game on Saturday, but none of the games available in London were that great. Mr. P turned over Saturday plans to me. Left to my devices, we did this:
Last time we were there, the Palace was closed. It’s only open to visitors when the Queen is on summer vacation. I jumped on it and got tickets!
Sunday we stopped at the Tower of London to see the poppy installation. I’d read a lot about it and and was so glad we got to see it in person.
The poppies, which are still being installed, each represent one British or Commonwealth fatality from World War I. It was incredibly moving. Read a great article about the installation here — it includes information on purchasing one of the poppies to benefit charity.
From there, we took a boat to Greenwich. Such a cute place!
We walked up to the observatory, bought a ticket, and patiently queued up with other tourists so we could get our picture taken on the Prime Meridian. I’m calling this the European equivalent of seeing a giant ball of twine on a roadtrip — sort of anti-climactic but you must get your photo taken anyway!
Then it was back to work work work. We commuted to our jobs via Tube with the rest of London. Did I mention I love public transportation? Even if it’s sweltering and need of ventilation.
My office is in Victoria and I cut through the Victoria train station to get to work every day. The amount of hustle and bustle and people trying to get every which way is astounding.
I didn’t take many pictures during the week though I’m sure you’d love to see pictures of my laptop.
Mr. P worked in a different part of the city and snapped this photo. Sometimes when you are working it’s easy to slip away and forget you’ve traveled to a great city. Mr. P was walking near his office and boom! There was St. Paul’s.
Our last night, we headed to East London.
We heard about a street food event and that Friday was the last one of the season. Lucky us, again!
We broke our longstanding rule to never eat Mexican food east of the Mississippi River (if you’re from California, you’ll understand) because these tacos looked very promising.
I suspect (I know) that they had this place styled to make it so very Instagrammable. Don’t care! I took tons of pictures.
We had a date on Lufthansa the next morning so we made it an early night.
This pub was right outside our home Tube station. I’d been eyeing it the whole trip and I got a picture on our last night.
I always seem to be insanely busy when I’m in London, both with work and play. We’ll be back!
But we hurried away because we had a very exciting weekend in Munich ahead.
Mr. P and I just returned from a 25-day trip to Europe (work + fun). It’s the longest we’ve ever been away from home and I’m sharing each stop in a blog post with some of the hundreds of pictures we took. Doing my best not to include photos already Instagrammed. Stay tuned for Munich next.