When Mike and I first met, I told him that London was at the very top of my travel list. Last Christmas, he surprised me with a trip and it was the most thoughtful and sweet thing anybody has ever done for me.
A triumphant photo of my passport while waiting to board the plane. Thankfully, our flight was on time after a rare snowstorm in the south tried to keep us in Birmingham.
While there we stayed at the most wonderful little hotel called “The Rookery” which we learned from a cab driver was in the neighborhood of Clerkenwell. If you are ever on the hunt for a place to stay in London, I highly recommend this place! We ordered breakfast our first morning and continued to order the exact breakfast every morning of our stay because it was SO GOOD. The fact that I ate breakfast every morning is a testament in itself of how delicious this breakfast was because I NEVER eat or want breakfast.
We had a blast and did all of the things tourists are supposed to do. We toured Westminster Abbey. We saw Buckingham Palace. We went inside the iconic Tower Bridge. We walked across the super cool millennium bridge a couple times. We spent way too much money on a hair curler for me at Harrods. Mike’s favorite person in history is Winston Churchill, so we obviously toured the Winston Churchill museum. We also bought countless souvenirs because we never met a gift shop we didn’t love.
We climbed an endless amount of steps to the top of Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The view from the top was beautiful and totally worth climbing all those stairs while being out of shape.
One morning, I woke Mike up really early and dragged him to Leavesden to the Harry Potter Studios. Obviously, I couldn’t go to London and not do Harry Potter things! Seeing where they filmed the movies and all the actual props from the movies was definitely a highlight for me.
We took a train to Oxford one day, and I nerded out so hard I almost burst. We went to The Eagle and Child. Obviously, made famous by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. IT. WAS. THE COOLEST. My little book nerd heart was so happy this day.
We had so much fun and would honestly probably move to London if we could. We were sad to go home but we were really happy to see our puppies once we got home.