The day before the big day started out beautifully. Toting my suitcase out of the London Tube and across cobble stones, I headed to the Borough Market to meet up with the bride-and-groom-to-be and several other wedding guests. It was such a fun group of travelers; there's nothing as entertaining as a group of people who are just so damn excited about where they've been and where they're going.
This massive lunch was followed by a bit of tourism and when sightseeing time ended, we took an hour long train to Egham and the Great Fosters hotel where the wedding would be held. Oh my goodness, this place. Nearly five hundred years old, this former hunting lodge was used by English royalty until being converted to a hotel (no big deal, whatever.) One of the things I loved is that in the gardens that are a part of the property, there are several beautiful pieces of modern art. The contrast between historic and modern is really cool, whether or not you've consumed a couple of the traditional British Pimms cocktails (which is, I imagine, what summer would taste like.)h
The intense tourism recommenced just after that. Close to Great Fosters is the Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth's modest homes. Ridiculously large, this castle is so fun to walk around and well worth the effort to get there. Once back in fabulous London, I got serious for my last 36 hours there. After a bit of roaming, a couple of other wedding guests and I stopped at the oldest pub in Europe, which was RE-built in 1667. I'm not actually sure when it was first built, but does it matter?
Before leaving England, I also hit the Tower of London, the Borough Market (yes, again, it really is that good,) St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally afternoon tea to see what all the fuss is about. NEWSFLASH: It's just tea and cake.
And that was my 8 day trip to London! It's an amazing city and it deserves lots of love. It has so much to offer and I promise you could fill a full ten days there if you're up for it! Trust that the food is better than reputed, the English know a good cocktail, the museums are world class and the most famous sights deserve all the talk they get.