London, England, You have stolen my heart forever. Hunter and I went to London a few weeks back for a late birthday gift for Hunter/we came across some tickets for a good deal and couldn't say no. Think being in The Holiday accept its real life and everywhere you go there were fires in pubs and Christmas decorations everywhere. It was a dream. We busted our you know whats every day trying to see it all. Hunter's phone told us that we walked 40 miles in like three days. Crazy!!!
I'm doing this city guide a little bit differently this time and will show you what we did day by day instead of place by place. I like switching things up a bit...Bare with me as this could get pretty wordy.
DAY 1: FRIDAY
Arrival and breakfast at Hoxton, Shoreditch: Avo toast and an americano
Walked around Shoreditch: Le Labo, Labour and Wait
Wild at Heart: Cutest little flower shop with lots of fun stuff to look at.
Monocle: We went to both the store and the cafe. They are super close to each other.
Walked around Maryleborne: We loved this area of town so much! It was fun to just walk around and explore.
Candenheads Whiskey Shop: The guys that work here are so nice and friendly. We picked up a few bottles of whiskey from Englands only single malt distillery. Shocking, I know!
The Barley Mow Pub for Guinness
Walked to Hyde Park (Winter Wonderland)
Walked back to Portland for Dinner: Yummy spot for sure but if I'm being honest I might not go back. It just felt like we were in the states at a trendy restaurant. Not a bad thing, just not what I expected.
DAY 2: SATURDAY
Train to Camden Town
Walked through Camden Market
Brunch in the Market
Train to Nottinghill Gate
Lunch at Tin Shed: A MUST!
Pub hopped looking for futbol match (Hilgate and Prince Albert)
Train to Westminster
Walked Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Smoked a Pipe in front of the Churchill Statue
Somerset House for Skate and Christmas: Their Christmas market and ice skating rink is to die for!
Gordon's Wine Bar: A must!
Train to Rotherhithe
Mayflower Pub (sat with 3 British locals)
Tower of London
Ye ol Cheshire Cheese (Churchills favorite bar from 1600's)
Buckingham Palace: Tried to see the guards but turns out they aren't out at midnight. haha
DAY 3: SUNDAY
Breakfast at East London Juice Bar: The yummiest waffle cups I ever did eat.
Columbia Flower Market: A MUST MUST MUST!
Labour and Wait
Brick Lane Market
Train to Hampstead
Melrose & Morgan
Ginger and White
Walked to Hampstead Heath and Hiked: Such a beautiful park!
Spaniards Inn for Sunday Roast
Taxi to Highgate
Watched Arsenal game at Dukes Head
Tried to eat at Chiltern Firehouse
Dinner at Ivy Market Grill in Covent Gardens
DAY 4: MONDAY
Coffee at Hoxton
Train to Oxford via Marylebone Station
Hired a car at Avis
Drove to Burford
Stoves shop off Main Street
Lamb Inn for Lunch (Michelin Star)
Drove to Bibury
Walked the Arlington Row
Hiked through sheep farms
Drove to Lower Slaughter
Drove to Upper Slaughter
Drove back to Lower Slaughter
Shopped at The Old Mill
Walked road that was ranked most romantic walk in UK :) Sexy sexy! haha
Drove to The Wild Rabbit in Kingam sat next to Maxine and David, got 4 B52 shots sent our way from guys at the bar (Michelin Star)..THIS PLACE IS TO DIE FOR!
Drove to Oxford
Pints at the Eagle and Child (Lewis and Inklings)
OUR FAVORITE SPOTS OF THE WHOLE TRIP:
Cotswolds(Dreamy region in England with old homes and shops in the country side)
Wild Rabbit for dinner(Kingham), you can also stay here which I would defintately recomend.
Spaniards Inn for Sunday roast(Hampstead)
Lamb Inn for lunch(Burford)
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)