Three weeks after coming home, London is still very much on my mind! I’ve been wanting to share more of our trip so for this post, I thought I’d talk about some of the places we visited that really stood out for us.
1. London Eye and the London Dungeons
We were proper little tourists and visited two major attractions in one afternoon! They’re conveniently located next to one another and tickets for both can be purchased under the one roof. Little tip: if you’re travelling to the city by train, you can even download vouchers which you can present at the counter with your train tickets to get 2 for 1 admission. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and the queues were long enough. After we’d bought our tickets for both attractions, we decided to do the Dungeons first.
Really…I can’t recommend this place enough! We only had to wait a few minutes before it all began. In groups of around twenty, you’re brought on a 90 minute tour. You move from room to room as professional actors put on fast-paced performances, showcasing infamous parts of London’s history. Think Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, Guy Fawkes…It’s extremely well put-together and so entertaining (and also kind of terrifying in parts, if I’m being honest!). The actors involve the crowd and pull individuals out to participate in the action. There are 360 sets, a boat ride and a vertical free fall drop ride so you’re constantly kept on your toes….definitely worth a visit!
After the Dungeons (and a bit of a sit-down to recover), we got in line for the London Eye. There had to have been at least 100 people ahead of us but we were in a capsule in less than ten minutes which I really wasn’t expecting! Maybe we got lucky that day but the queues moved so quickly, it hardly felt like we were waiting at all! On-board the Eye, we shared a capsule with around twenty other people. A full rotation took around thirty minutes and the views along the way were as incredible as expected.
Maybe it was because so much had happened in the Dungeons but I have to say the Eye felt a little slow in comparison! I don’t regret going on it but if I had to choose one, I’d go with the Dungeons — it’s more fun and interesting and it just seems much better value for money. The Eye is still a really great experience — the whole afternoon is something we’ll really always remember.
2. Cereal Killer Café
I have a bit of a weakness for cute and quirky little places so it was no surprise we ended up here one morning! I’d heard of people dismissing it at some kind of hipster joint but to be honest, I don’t particularly care whether a place is cool or not; if it looks interesting, I’ll go! There are two cafes, the original in Shoreditch and then the newest place in Camden which is where we went.
My first thought on arrival was that it looked small but I quickly realised that there was tons of seating in the back as well as tables outside. I chose the cereal cocktail Peanut Butter Jelly Time which consists of peanut butter Cap’n Crunch, Reese’s chips and strawberry milk. It was such a good combination! I had it with a hot chocolate for a super-sweet start to the day ;-).
Price-wise, it wasn’t a budget breakfast but at the same time, it wasn’t that much more expensive than the coffee and pastry I’d bought the day before in another place. Inside was really well decorated with lots of colour and old TV sets showing classic episodes of the likes of Johnny Bravo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Heroes and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (my favourite childhood show!). The staff there were lovely too — we really enjoyed our visit and it’s somewhere I’d definitely recommend.
3. Central London
Our bus let us off at Leicester Square and we spent almost an entire day exploring the surrounding area. After traipsing up and down the likes of Oxford Street and Regent Street (obviously we had to stop in Hamley’s while we were there!), we were exhausted so we grabbed some ice-cream and settled back in Leicester Square! It’s constantly crazily busy but if you’re visiting London, you really have to go there! It’s so much fun to just relax and people-watch. While we were there, we decided to go see a film and ended up at Jurassic World in the iMax that evening. It was such a last minute decision but we loved it!
4. Hummingbird Bakery
On our last day, I persuaded my other half to squeeze in a quick trip to the Hummingbird Bakery! I have their cookbooks and I’d heard so much about it that I just had to go there! So before we headed to the airport, we stopped in at the Notting Hill branch. I probably should have made time to go earlier in our trip because Saturday afternoon was definitely not the best time to visit! This bakery is located on Portobello Road so when we arrived, we got caught up in the famous Portobello market on its busiest day…! On the one hand, it was kind of cool to get to catch that at the same time. On the other hand…it was chaotic and we’d already checked out of our hotel so we were lugging all our bags with us — not ideal but we just got on with it! The queue for the bakery was going out the door but it moved quickly enough. I picked up 2 vanilla, 1 salted caramel and 1 black bottom cupcake to bring home with us — they got smushed to bits on our travels but they were still delicious! Of course though, I’ll have to go back again to try some cakes that are still intact and haven’t gone through airport security (any excuse, really!).
If you missed London: Part One, you can catch up here!