London is such a vibrant city full of life and full of wonderful people. We spent the first few days in the heart of the city exploring the different neighborhoods and interacting with the people.
Day two in London started in a frenzy, because it wouldn't be an Achen adventure if there wasn't some sort of drama. We had a scheduled half day tour around London on the vintage Harrod's double decker bus. We figured this would be a great way to start the week to sort of get our bearings and get some info on some other sights that we might want to see throughout the week.
We were scheduled to meet at the Victoria Coach Station at 8:00am. So naturally in Scotty fashion, the night before he got online and Google mapped the route to the station and figured it would probably be best to walk since it was only supposed to be less than two miles from the flat.
The next morning we got up and ready, grabbed a quick croissant for breakfast and hit the road. The stroll was beautiful…until we were lost. Google maps was telling us to go one direction, our pocket map was telling us to go another direction, and a man on the street told us we had gone about a mile too far and still had a very long walk to the station. So in a panic and less than ten minutes to find our way we were able to get directions from a cabbie and made it just in time.
Once we made it on the tour the rest of the day was really pleasant taking in the sights. After the bus tour we had a pub lunch at the Tea Clipper, wandered around the magnificent Harrod's, had some ice cream and an afternoon nap.
In the evening we strolled through Hyde park (where we also got lost), and made our way to a delicious Indian restaurant Roti Chai, which turned out to be one of our favorite meals in London.
The moral of day two in London was to just learn to “roll with the punches” and it will all work out.
While in London we also took in the gorgeous views from the London Eye, the Tower of London, Soho and also took a day trip that included Warwick Castle, Stratford Upon Avon, and Oxford.
The day trip we booked through a tour company, however if we were to do it again we would do it completely different. First off, Warwick castle was a hokey tourist trap (which was our fault for not doing the research). Stratford was a beautiful little town, however by the time we walked through Shakespeare's home we barely had time to grab a baguette for lunch. We could have spent an entire day in Stratford. We absolutely loved Oxford and would definitely recommend taking the time to do it.
Overall, London was absolutely lovely!