We landed at Heathrow, London early (6am) and after getting a bus to our accommodation (Air BnB) in Battersea we thought it was a good idea to head straight back out to try and stay awake for the day so our bodies could adjust. Definitely should’ve had a quick nap first, 24hrs of travel and another full day is very exhausting!! Public transport makes getting around London very easy and with the City Mapper mobile app it’s practically fool proof. Download it if you’re headed to Europe. It has other cities on it too and it gives you all the public transport options of getting around. Also if you pre-load a map it still works without wifi so you can see how lost you are!
London is a very walkable city and we did A LOT of that. Oxford st, Hyde Park, Green Park, Big Ben, London Eye, Borough Markets, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square to name a few. By complete accident, we even saw the Queen leaving Buckingham while we were trying to escape the rain, I waved of course but she didn’t wave back 🙁
We mostly used the bicycles around London, which are also really easy to hire. There are docks everywhere (2 pound per bike for 24hr use). This is the website if you want to see how it works London Cycle Hire. We spent a lot of time in Hyde Park near the water when we could and a lot of time drinking tea in cute cafes when we couldn’t. Hyde park is so peaceful and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Stumbled upon an awesome café called Mildreds (highly recommend!) while we were waiting for the natural history and science museum to open. As expected the museums are crazily full of little kids but were quite cool to see. Make sure you get there early though as they get quite crowded. The line to get in at the front of the museum was HUGE. Just around the corner is another entrance and you could walk straight through.
We also found a very neat Vegetarian cafe in Bonnington. It’s called Bonnington Cafe (original. . I know). They have no set menu as it changes each night depending on the chefs they have on. They offer 2 different entrees, 2 different mains and 2 different deserts to choose from and it was SO good! It’s BYO and very well priced. If you don’t make a reservation you might be waiting a little while for a table (like we did) but it is so worth it. Borough markets are a must do as well, so much deliciousness in one place!
We will be back in London for a night in July to collect our surfboards who Kristen has kindly taken care of for us (THANKYOU!!!) it’s a mega relief to be able to do East Europe with just our backpack.