My boyfriend moved to London for work last June so I have been spending a great deal of time in the city over the past year and despite being a small town girl I have quickly become very fond of it. London is beautiful, full of culture and amazing architecture and there is so much to do and see here, but is does rain a lot, so if you find yourself in London on a sunny afternoon you must take advantage of it, which is just what I did last Thursday with my friend Anna who is here visiting with me from California.
Anna and I both flew in on Wednesday and found ourselves a bit jet lagged Thursday morning, so after sleeping in till almost noon, we went for a quick run through Hyde Park then headed to the London Eye, which is basically a big ferris wheel looking ride that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the city. The tube is the best (and most affordable) way to get around in London, but we were in a hurry so we grabbed a cab over to the London Eye and then walked across Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben and the amazingly beautiful Houses of Parliament. We then explored Westminster Abbey which is a magical experience, like stepping back in time to 1560 when Queen Elizabeth I established it as the Collegiate Church of St Peter Westminster.
After the Abbey we had to stop by Westminster Arms “Britain’s Oldest Brewery” for some London lager, and then continued on our walk through Buckingham Gardens to Buckingham Palace. The best part about our afternoon in London, besides the great weather, was the fact that we were able to experience all of this on foot. I highly recommend walking as much as you can in London. It’s the best way to experience the city and well worth the embarrassment of looking like a dorky tourist in your running sneakers!