Can you tell I'm madly in love? You MUST go see London by night from one of the many bridges that cross the river, and you'll understand why. I don't know how this isn't something that EVERYONE tells you to do as a tourist, because it's a huge mistake if you miss this.
Here's what I recommend from that time:
- The British Museum, without question, is among the best museums I've ever been to. I could have used two full days there, but my boyfriend was tapping out after three hours. Amateur.
- The Tower Bridge (not London Bridge, which is not so interesting, but the Tower Bridge.) Gorgeous.
- The House of Commons. The architectural love of my life. It is so imposing and so serious and so...beautiful. Apparently it's not open to tourists but surely there's a way. If you find out, report back to me.
- The Tate Museum; I like modern art, but I moved much more quickly through this than through the British Museum. I'm sorry, but I'm just not cultured enough to think a Brillo Pad is art. That said, there were some very powerful pieces and a trip here is very much worth it.
- A walk along the Thames. It's not exactly a beautiful river in and of itself, but it meanders through a beautiful city.
- St. James' Park. Close to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, somehow this gem doesn't get so much attention.
- Patisserie Valerie. It's around Leicester Square (pronunciation: Lester. Don't ask me why.) This is the only time I've had chocolate mousse that's even close to as good as my mom's recipe, which is just magical. This cafe has been around for something like 100 years and pumps out coffee and sweets to recharge any tired tourist.
So that's just the first few days! Are you tired from just READING this?! Imagine how my feet felt after the walking that made this happen!