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Springtime in London

TravelHannah Drake2 Comments

Back in April, Luke and I took a weekend trip to London to visit his Granny for her birthday. We had such a lovely time with her, his mum, and his sister, and we also ducked out to explore the city a bit on our own. If you can believe it, this is the most time I've spent in London! I first visited in May of 2016, then again in February of 2017, July of 2017, September of 2017, and December of 2017. While I've really enjoyed all of my visits, especially Christmastime in London, my recent trips may be my favourite. Spring in London is beautiful and it was made even better with beyond perfect weather. Some of the magnolia trees and cherry trees had already lost their blossoms in April, but there were still plenty of beautiful flowers all over the city, turning it into one big dream!

On Saturday morning, we walked down to Northcote Road in Clapham for breakfast. We found a little cafe, Al Gusto, with a great patio space and were able to grab a table outside.

We wandered around for quite some time before meeting Luke's family at Peter Jones off Sloane Square for lunch. After lunch, we decided to do some more sightseeing in areas of London I haven't spent much time, like around St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, The Globe, and Borough Market.

On Sunday, we got up to walk down to see some cherry blossoms at an old cemetery a few blocks away from Granny's house. The flowers were even more beautiful in real life and it was a really nice way to start the day.

I wanted to go to Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill for a late breakfast, but there was quite a long line, so we decided to find somewhere else nearby. 

Our main goal of the day was to go to Chipotle. We wandered around before lunch to let our croissants digest a bit. After lunch, we decided to go to Regent's Park until it was time to catch our train.

The weekend before the wedding, I took the train down to London to surprise my family who was in town for a few days to sight-see. I had told my stepmom I would be coming down, so she helped me surprise my dad and younger sister. I got to London around the time they landed, so I was able to squeeze in a quick trip to Notting Hill to finally visit Farm Girl Cafe before going to their hotel for the big surprise! The weather wasn't as nice as it was when we were there with Luke's family, but at least on Saturday it wasn't raining. Since they had never been to England, we hit a lot of the classic tourist spots and even did a section of a hop on hop off tour, before hopping off at St. Paul's Cathedral to do some of the things Luke and I had done a few weeks before. 

On Sunday, I dropped my family off at Whitehall for the Changing of the Queen's Guard before meeting up with my friend Roni and her husband for coffee. In the afternoon, I waited to see my brother and his wife at the hotel before going to meet my mom and my older sister at their hotel. We went to Chipotle for lunch (I have to when I'm near one!) before heading to the Tower of London. 

Since it was starting to rain pretty good, we got on the hop on hop off tour and road it from the Tower to Victoria Station. It was great! I highly recommend it. I also saw a new part of the city to explore on my next visit.