So we’re nearing the end of March and I actually still can’t even believe it’s even March because I swear Christmas was literally last week?! But no, in actual fact, this month there was a bigger and more snazzy global event than Christmas, it was my BIRTHDAY. 22 years ago on the 10th of March, my mother was having a right old time of it trying to get this stubborn lil chipmunk out of her (sorry mum).
Which, lucky for me, means I get to CELEBRATE my mum’s pain (and subsequent joy, obvs), by being taken all the way to London by Michael (my boyfriend for the uninitiated). London is an amazing city, but it’s really easy to waste a lot of time in as it’s just so big – if you don’t plan your day properly you can end up spending half of it just travelling from one side to another to get to your next tourist spot. With this in mind, and after asking my mum for suggestions, I came up with a rough plan that made the most of our time.
It was the most glorious sunny day when we arrived in London which made it just perfect for our first port-of-call – the Sky Garden. If you haven’t heard about the Sky Garden, the top floor of 20 Fenchurch Street – a sizeable skyscraper – has an indoor landscaped garden, along with a couple of bars and a restaurant. A balcony and windows that line the walls offer panoramic views across the whole of London. It is a truly stunning view, especially on a clear day! The Sky Garden is free to get up to, you simply have to book a time slot in advance online.
The Tower of London is a 5 minute walk from the Sky Garden, so it was the perfect place to head to afterwards to take in some history and ooh & aaah at the Crown Jewels. Entry seemed a little pricey to me at £28 per person, BUT if you travelled to London on a Virgin train (like we did) you can get 2 for 1 entry, which makes it much more reasonable!
After a suggestion from my mum, we made the brilliant decision to see if we could nab any last minute theatre tickets for later that evening, which meant we were able to see Wicked (which is amazing by the way) for £20 each; after all, what trip to London is truly complete without a visit to the West End?!
On the morning of our second day we headed out for a tour with the (somewhat infamous) amphibious Duck Tours company, which took us round some of London’s central sights via road & river. One of these types of tours are fab for seeing more of the city when you don’t have loads of time – it allows you to pack in numerous sights all at once as well as learning some history and facts as you go.
We made the most of our afternoon in the Natural History Museum, which was brilliant, although we regretted that we hadn’t allocated it some more time – it is fascinating and absolutely massive. On our way out we walked past so many un-explored rooms, you could easily spend an entire day here (or longer!) and still not have seen everything.
Dedicating our last day to Greenwich, we pretended to sail the high seas on the Cutty Sark, before heading through Greenwich park to the Royal Observatory, where we admired the astronomical photography exhibition, touched a 4.5 billion year old meteorite and stood on the Meridian Line – where east meets west. Greenwich is a beautiful area of London and well worth a visit. On your way up the hill to the observatory, take a minute to turn around and look back on the view of the grand, old buildings of the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House contrasting with their backdrop of Canary Wharf across the Thames.
Finishing our trip, pretty exhausted but very happy from a busy few days, we caught the river bus back along the Thames, which took us right under the Tower of London Bridge – a more exciting way to round off our experience than catching the tube!
During our stay we also managed to pack in lots of amazing food-stops (obviously!), including Mooshies, Fed by Water, Mildreds & more – keep an eye out for reviews of these coming up soon! Don’t forget you can also head over to my YouTube channel to watch a lil video of our London experience. What are your favourite things to do and places to see in London?! ✨