Before heading home, we were able to spend two nights in London. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for us to always end our trip in this city. Every time we go we try to do something we haven’t done before. This time was no different. We stayed in Kensington, which is a place we hadn’t really explored together.
After taking the train from Burscough, we got to our hotel and quickly changed before getting dinner and heading to a musical. Chris and I had gotten tickets for the brand new musical &Juliet. It was a take on Romeo and Juliet with a female-empowerment vibe and fun music. It was quite good, but maybe something I would have enjoyed more with a group of girlfriends rather than my husband.
After the show, we wanted to make the most of our night so we went and found a cute little pub by a chain called Nicholson’s Freehouse that served really good gin! We had a few drinks here before heading back to our hotel to call it a night.
The next day we woke up and found a little hole in the wall restaurant that served a proper English Breakfast. Our hotel was only a 15 minute walk from Kensington Palace, somewhere I had never seen before. Also, we walked past Kate and William’s place, so heeeey! We’re obviously best friends now.
We got our tickets to tour Kensington Palace and see the Queen Victoria exhibit. As well we got to explore a majority of the palace and see some of Princess Diana’s dresses. It was a really neat experience. We didn’t really plan on going, so we didn’t purchase our tickets beforehand. If you are planning on going, I would recommend purchasing tickets a few days before as it will save you quite a bit of money.
After the palace, we walked around Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park. Both parks are massive but so beautiful. It was a chilly day, but we had such a nice walk. When we had gone through the park, we headed to Primark to do the last of our shopping of the trip. After shopping, we went back to the hotel to get all of our packing done. We were meeting up with our friends Abbie and Owen for dinner and drinks and knew we would not want to pack when we got back.
We met up with our friends at a super popular Ramen place called Bone Daddies. It was crazy packed but the food was so good. After dinner, we went to look for somewhere for drinks. We started at a place in Soho called Ham Yard Hotel. We had a few cocktails here before moving on to Sophie’s Soho for a few more. We all had so much fun but had to call it a night to ensure we all caught the last trains.
We woke up on Saturday sad that we had to go home, but glad that we still had a bit more time in the city. To end our Wedding and Honeymoon experience abroad, we wanted to go up the Shard. It’s something we always talked about doing, but just never got around to it. After getting tickets and going through security we were taken to the first elevator. This took us up 30 something floors before we got off and were taken to a second elevator which took us to the 72 floor.
The Shard has the highest viewing platform in the city. You can walk around the entire floor and see London from every angle. It was incredible. We would definitely go again, but next time at night to see the city in another way.
After the Shard, we had a bit more time so we walked through Borough Market, explored a historic church, went to Shakespeare’s Globe before making our way back to the hotel to get our things. It never feels like we have enough time in London. I guess that just means all the more reason to go back and explore more!