Last year for the long Valentine’s Day weekend, we decided to head across the pond to London. We were a little apprehensive because we had heard London has bad weather, gross food, and is expensive. While yes, it is expensive, we had a wonderful time full of delicious food and sunny days.
We landed in London bright and early after the red eye and headed to our hotel, The Montague on the Gardens. Even though it was early, they were able to check us in to our cozy little room. Rooms in Europe are always smaller than we are used to in the states, but we had enough room for us and our belongings and who plans on spending much time in their room while traveling anyways? The staff was so friendly here and helped us map out a plan for walking around, and let me tell you, we walked a lot this weekend. It helped that our hotel was in such a great location, close to many sites, restaurants and a train stop.
Our first stop after dropping our bags off in our room and freshening up was the Borough Market. The smells hit us before we even saw the stalls. We ate and drank our way through every nook and cranny of the market. We spent a lot of time here and highly recommend going and trying everything in sight. We especially enjoyed the donuts and paella.
Eating a delicious donut from Bread Ahead
After the market we headed to Monmouth, a highly-rated coffee shop right next to the market. Cameron said it is definitely worth the hype and recommends the flat white.
His warm drink in hand, we started walking around the city to see some of the sights and then back to our room for an early night in. We were exhausted after our red eye flight and exploring a new city.
The next morning was Valentine’s and we had a special breakfast planned to celebrate. We made reservations at The Wolseley, which is in a stunning building on Piccadilly near the Ritz Carlton. The service was impeccable and the food was beautiful and delicious. I started with caramelized pink grapefruit and finished with the pancakes, while Cameron had the eggs Benedict. You can make reservations online, so you can book ahead whenever you are planning your next trip to London.
After breakfast we walked to Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, Tower of London, and the Tower Bridge. After seeing some of the most iconic sites of London, we walked to Harrods for some shopping and more food. We got lost a few times inside the huge shopping complex and saw some of the most amazing food stalls, shoes, and bags that can be bought anywhere in the world.
That night we wanted to take a ride on the London Eye, but did not realize how popular it would be on Valentine’s Day at sunset ( duh). In order to not waste hours and hours of our night, we signed up last minute for some Valentine’s special, which let us skip the lines. The London Eye is huge and has great views. We got to see a man propose to his girlfriend at the top and everyone celebrated with champagne.
We headed back to our hotel and stopped in for dinner at a little pub around the corner. This was my favorite meal we had in London and it was a random place we just walked into. I later looked it up so I could share the name, Museum Tavern. It is a small pub and the waiter was so attentive and friendly – he really wanted to make sure we had a great night. I had the meat pie and Cameron had the fish and chips, which were both wonderful and filling.
Our trip to London was too short! We had a great time and fit in as much as we could and look forward to when we can return.