Going on an Adventure: London

Last week my family and I went to London, and I had so much fun compiling pictures of our trips to Keukenhof and Scotland that I thought I’d do the same thing this time.

But wait. Let me backtrack and repeat that first statement: I got to visit London. I don’t know, that just feels really crazy and exciting?? I’ve never been a Great Britain fangirl, but London is one of the most famous cities in the world and it’s got so much amazing history.

We were only there for three full days, and we packed in a lot. Shoutout to my little sisters for keeping up with us and never complaining as we dragged them all over the city. Another one to the London Underground which was a whole lot of fun (except for that one time) and cemented my love for big cities and public transportation.

Although I was dealing with a nasty bout of food poisoning at the beginning of the trip, I healed in time to enjoy afternoon tea at a fancy restaurant. Honestly, guys, the scones were my favorite part of the entire trip. People always gripe about the food in the UK, but both times I’ve been there, I actually really enjoyed the food. For one thing, there are warm scones with lemon curd and clotted cream melting inside (okay, I know lemon curd and clotted cream don’t have the most appetizing names, but they really are SO. GOOD.). Then there are meat pies, shortbread, homemade stovies, and all things toffee. And I personally like fish and chips, as long as it’s not too greasy. All that to say: give the food in the UK a chance, folks. And if you can, do an afternoon tea somewhere. I recommend mint tea; it was delicious (and quite kind to my recently healed stomach). Also, life hack: Starbucks, bless them, sells amazing gingerbread biscuits which are a lifesaver if you ever get a stomach bug while traveling.

Besides the scones, another highlight was Westminster Abbey. It feels annoyingly cliché to say that, but I truly loved it. We went to Evensong there one night, and we got to sit in the elevated pews right next to the choir. The next day, we took the tour. It was a zoo, and the bathrooms are right next to the exit, so I had to walk through the maze twice. However, it’s quite pretty and it gave me a chance to read as many grave markers is possible. (Maybe that’s why I liked it so much––all the morbidity. Mwahaha.) My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw the William Wilberforce statue, and I read his entire epigraph even though I got some glares from more pragmatic and less sentimental tourists. WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, guys. If you were to ask me who one of my heroes is, I would immediately say him. I freaked out (internally, don’t worry) again when I got to Poet’s Corner and saw names like Dickens, Austin, Handel, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Louis Stevenson, T. S. Eliot, Kipling, and more. I felt proper American pride that there was even a bust of Longfellow, put there apparently by “the English admirers of an American poet.” Plus, I got to see the tombs of Isaac Newton and Lord Kelvin and Ernest Rutherford and all these amazing scientists!? Also David Livingstone, who has a cool last name. Westminster Abbey made my simultaneously nerdy and artsy heart happy.

Other highlights: the statue of John Donne in St. Paul’s Cathedral; spending one evening eating in a bookstore café and then browsing the store (we ended up adding at least 50 pounds to our suitcases); van Gogh paintings in the National Gallery; wandering around little side streets, the best part of every big city, honestly; shopping with my mom in Greenwich Market; and straddling the line of the prime meridian. The one big downside: they were renovating Big Ben, so the whole thing was covered in scaffolding. Oh well. It gives me an excuse to go back someday.

But enough chitchat. Here are the photos. *insert plug for iPhones and their awesome cameras* Click on them to see them bigger and read the captions. =D

Have you ever been to London? If you have, what was your favorite thing about it? If not, what do you dream of seeing or doing there (if you dream about London at all, I don’t want to assume)?

13 comments

  1. Ahhhh, this is so cool. I loved seeing your pictures on Insta. There are SO many things I would want to do and places I would want to see in London, but the one thing I absolutely would not want to miss is tea time somewhere. With scones. =D

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  2. AHHH these pictures are all so cool! That’s so exciting that you got to go to London! 🙂 Honestly, if I went there, I’d probably want to try some scones and hot tea as well and just walk around to take in the city and see all the sights. But outside of London, I’d LOVE to see all the castles! That’s probably what I would want to do most in England (even though that doesn’t really answer your London question, sorry *sheepish grin*). I’m glad you healed up a bit and were able to enjoy your time! God must’ve worked there 🙂

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    • Thank you! Oh yeah, castles are the best. We actually didn’t see a ton on this particular trip, so maybe I’ll join you someday and we can see them together. =D Oh, no problem, any talk about traveling is my thing. And yes, he really did. I’m thankful that that he cares about things like being able to enjoy tea and scones. =)

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      • Of course! Haha, that’d be great! 😀 Where would you want to travel to most? I agree, and sometimes the reminders that God cares about the little things can be the most impactful, at least for me :).

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        • Ooh, well, like we said, I’d want to see lots of castles, as well as Oxford and Cambridge and the cliffs of Dover. And of course all the places my favorite authors lived, like Lewis and Tolkien and Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. =D Yes, I totally agree. The little things show that he knows all the details about us and cares about our lives personally, in my opinion.

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          • Oh, I kind of meant outside of England 🙈 *hides*. Seeing Oxford and Camridge would be neat, though! (And all the residences!)

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  3. These are absolutely stunning! I’m so glad you got to go (and I don’t understand how someone could go to Westminster Abbey without freaking out about all the cool people there). 🙂

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  4. I’ve never left the country, but I really want to make it to London someday! 🙂 Both of my college-aged friends are getting to do some studying abroad there so I’m living vicariously through them right now xD I think the bookstores and little tea shops and countryside would be some of my favorite things. So sorry about the food poisoning, but I’m glad you still got to sample English things! Fish and chips, tea, and scones sound like must-haves 😉 I think it’d be high on my list to visit places Lewis and Austen lived. All the little house museums. Van Gogh in the Gallery though!!! He’s my favorite. ❤ I didn't even know they'd put a Platform 9 3/4 sign up but THAT IS THE COOLEST THING. Definitely a bummer that Big Ben was under construction. The Washington Monument was covered in scaffolding when I went to DC so that's my reason for going back there to soak up more American history xP

    Thanks so much for sharing your travels ❤

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    • If you can’t be there yourself, living vicariously through friends is the next best thing. =D I too would love to visit where my favorite British authors lived and explore the countryside––we didn’t see any of the latter this particular trip, but someday I’d love to travel around all of England, not just London. Ugh, there’s just so much cool stuff to see in England. Yay, another Van Gogh fan! And, I KNOW, my Harry Potter fangirl heart nearly exploded. xD Oh, no, that’s awful about the Washington Monument. You definitely have to go back sometime to see it. I think that happens to everyone when visiting a big city—there’s always some big attraction that is under construction or not open or something.

      You’re welcome, it makes me happy that other people enjoy hearing about them. ❤

      Btw, how are your hands doing? I remember you were having some pain while typing; I hope it's gotten better. ❤

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  5. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. My favorite part of London is Westminster Abbey. As far as the food is concerned, you are right that if you have British food instead of expecting American food the food is delicious. The meat pies are fantastic as are the fish and chips.

    All my love,

    Grammy

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