Last week, Vinn and I went to London to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. To say it was a great weekend trip would be a severe understatement. We did and saw so much that I need to break it down into two separate posts. This one is over 1,300 words and picture overload. So, today, I give you our day in Windsor and our first day in London!
Day 1, the flight and Windsor
Our flight from Frankfurt to London Heathrow was so easy. The flight was only an hour and a half, and I must say, flying to another country without jet lag is one of the best things ever! And we lucked out because we had the emergency exit row, so we had a ton of extra leg room!
Once we landed in Heathrow, we managed to find our way to the bus to take us to our hotel. We stayed one night by the airport because the hotel we wanted in London was full on Saturday night. FYI: we stayed at this Sheraton and it was a nice location and recently updated.
Another reason we wanted to stay by the airport was so we could be closer to visit Windsor, which is a cute town that holds the Windsor Castle. Once we checked into our room, we took a cab for 20 minutes to grab lunch at The Boatman in Windsor. The restaurant is a gorgeous pub on the river front and was voted a top restaurant on Trip Advisor. And it did not disappoint.
What do you order when you’ve just landed in London? Fish and chips, of course. And it was the best fish and chips of my life! You could taste the butter from the batter. I paired it with a Stella Artois, Vinn with a Guinness, and a side of green beans, for something healthy.
Unfortunately, by the time we were done eating, the Windsor Castle was closed so we couldn’t go inside. Windsor Castle is where the Queen lives during the Spring and is the oldest inhabited palace in Europe. The ‘Long Walk’ is famous for seeing the castle in all its glory, but we only get to see the outskirts.
Even the little bits we saw,though, were quite spectacular.
We then walked around the cute, cobblestone streets of Windsor. We went through a Windsor Shopping Center, Bachelor’s Acre park and stopped at several pubs for drinks and appetizers.
I loved this statue at the Bachelor’s Acre of the Queen and her beloved Corgis.
We stopped at a pub called Queen Charlotte for a glass of wine and a crab bruschetta appetizer. Then, we hit up a pub called Duchess of Cambridge for another drink and some sweet potato fries. If only there was a restaurant called Duke of Cambridge or King George, then we would have hit the mother load of the future Royal family.
We basically just ate, drank and walked around. Sheer perfection in my book.
Day Two, London Shopping & Pop Culture Sights
On Sunday, we woke up relatively early and got on the Tube to go to our hotel in London, which was the Sheraton Grand Park Lane in Piccadilly.
This is us laughing because our tube was going towards Cockfosters. Every time it was said, we smirked. And the ride was 45 minutes.
Once we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we hit the streets. But not before stepping into the map! Does anyone else remember that part in Friends when Joey gets into the map when they go to London for Ross’ wedding? One of my favorite parts.
Once I found the spot on the map, we made our way to uur first stop: the Wellington Arch.
An incredible sight because it looks like the Arc in Paris. It was built as a welcome to Central London in 1826 because it opens to the gardens of Buckingham Palace. We didn’t stay too long and then made the trek to Harrods! Man, you could definitely get lost in that store. It has 6 levels, so many restaurants and way too many people.
We grabbed lunch at The Burger Bar, the only way I could get Vinn to stay at the store that long. It was incredibly over priced but nice to be in Harrods. I ate a chicken Caesar salad and a glass of prosecco. Vinn had a burger and a beer that is brewed specifically for Harrods out of Germany.
The only thing we bought was an ornament. It is becoming a tradition to buy an ornament during our travels so that one day we can have one tree specifically dedicated to the cities we’ve visited together.
But, the best part of Harrods was the Laduree store! For the best macaroons on the entire planet!
We left with a vanilla, a rose petal, coffee, pistachio, chocolate and a fancy chocolate. I don’t remember the actual name of the fancy chocolate one, but each one was delicious and would be worth a train ride to Paris.
After Harrods, we walked by The Parent Trap house, i.e., the outside of the house used in the film with Lindsay Lohan.
It was really fun to see it and to think about the movie. I love that it was decorated for Halloween, too! And it’s located on this quaint, quiet street right off a busy road and only a 10 minute walk from Harrods.
To continue the pop culture sight seeing stops, we headed to Abbey Road next.
Abbey Road is active, so getting these pictures was quite a feat. Cars were buzzing by, big groups of people were trying to get the perfect picture, it was crazy. To really stop and think about it, though, it was super cool to walk on a street where the greatest band of all time walked.
We stayed here for a long time just trying to get the perfect pose, but it just wasn’t going to happen. And a picture of the two of us together, forget it! But, these pictures are pretty cool!
Our final stop of our first full day in London took us to the oldest restaurant, Rules. I talked to our concierge a few weeks before about wanting a nice dinner option to celebrate our wedding anniversary and he recommended Rules.
Rules opened in 1798 when Thomas Rule promised his family that he would leave behind his horrible past and create a better life. He opened an oyster bar that would later become Rules. The restaurant has been visited by many famous people and still flourishes to this day. It is decorated immaculately, with red velvet everywhere and photos all over the walls.
We were seated at a cozy corner table and ordered a bottle of wine and traditional British food.
I ordered a chicken, leek and mushroom pie, which was incredible!! Just look at that crust. The chicken was cooked to perfection and the crust was flaky and amazing. I ate the entire thing.
Vinn ordered the roasted beef cheek. A bit of a stretch for either of our tastes, but it was a nice change. He said it tasted like beef stew. I do love how both dishes were served in their respective cookware.
And for dessert, a celebratory cookie and vanilla bean ice cream and a creme brûlée that was to die!
I love telling anyone who will listen when we are celebrating something special. It’s always worth it. You get a dessert as seen above or a room upgrade like we did at our hotel.
The meal was delicious and a cool experience. When will you ever get to eat at a restaurant that’s over 200 years old? We were so full and exhausted from an insanely busy day, so we headed back to the hotel to pass out and gear up for the next day of even more sightseeing. Check back tomorrow for our adventures at the London Eye, a traditional English tea and a hilarious Broadway show.
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