London

We are back from our trip and there are so many posts to write about our trip. Here goes the post on our London leg.

We decided to go to Europe on a whim. I had some points and a companion pass to use. The pass was going to expire in December, and since I don’t have a job right now, we decided to go for it. We planned the trip 3 weeks before we were leaving. We booked some Airbnbs and then planned what we were doing as we went along. It was a little stressful, but it all worked out.

Our first stop was London. We only got to stay in London for 2 days. I definitely want to go back for a much longer trip. In the two days we got to explore a little bit. We stayed in Shoreditch, which was a fun, hip place to stay. I would compare it to the Mission District in SF. It’s a very happening area with lots going on. Our Airbnb was not the best though. Although it was in a central location, the apartment was not available until 7pm and we didn’t have towels ready until the next day. Also, we didn’t know that it was going to be next to a club that was going to play loud music until the crack of dawn when we had to head to Paris. I will definitely not be going back to that airbnb. That’s probably my worst Airbnb experience to date. 

Our first day in London, we just walked around Shoreditch. We had lunch at Dishoom, which had delicious, but expensive Indian food. I mean London in general is expensive. There were some cute shops in Shoreditch. My favorite shop was Albion. It had delicious food and snacks. I enjoyed breakfast there, and really wished that I had room for some of their tasty looking pastries. Other places I liked were Material Material, Tokyo Bike, The Box Park, and Poppies Fish & Chips. 

Pat

Pat

Breakfast at Albion

Breakfast at Albion

We then decided to go to the London Eye. On our way to the London eye we stopped by an outdoor market, The Real Food Market, where we had delicious mulled wine and a duck confit sandwich. After that we walked around the London Eye and along the river. The London Eye itself was closed. We found an arcade where they had a bowling alley that you can just use your street shoes and also win tickets. 

The next day we went to Ozone Coffee Roasters they had . I  to the Museum of London for the Sherlock Holmes exhibit. I love Sherlock, the BBC show. I can't for the next season, and thought that the exhibit would be fun. The exhibit was very interesting. I can't believe how long Sherlock's character has been around. Getting to learn some of the background history and seeing early works was probably my favorite part of the museum. 

When we came out of the museum, it was pouring, but we braved it to the metro to go to dinner. We decided to have dinner at an udon shop called, Koya. I think that it was my favorite meal I had on our entire trip.  I loved the walnut miso mushroom udon, pork belly, and the honey cured duck egg with sweet potato tempura. My mouth is salivating just thinking about the meal. 

After dinner we walked around Carnaby Street, went to Liberty 15 minutes before they closed, and then went to the ACE Hotel to go use their photo booth. I'm a sucker for black and white photo booths. Two days in London was definitely not enough. We will definitely have to go back.