I left off at The Mousetrap, the end of Day 02 in my 96 hour London adventure. We crammed as much as we could possibly do in those four days, and were out of the house most mornings from 9:30a — midnight. For the last leg of our trip, we went to Notting Hill, biked through gardens, went to move museums, another round of lattes, and even a comedy show!
DAY 03, NOTTING HILL, GARDENS, & MARKETS
We woke up to a gorgeous, blue sky and sunny morning, which worked out great for Day 03 of our itinerary.
After breakfast, we headed over to Notting Hill and Portobello Market to look at cute colorful row-houses and look at everything you’d expect to find at an outdoor market.
We continued on to look at the most charming and gorgeous looking homes I’ve ever seen. We spent close to an hour photographing strangers homes and gardens. What I loved the most were homes with bright and colorful doors / window treatments. Homes with rose gardens and greenery on the front porch, all of it was just so cute!
LUNCH AT FARM GIRL CAFE
Lunch was at Farm Girl Cafe, which I definitely recommend. Everything was gluten-free and delicious.
KENSINGTON GARDENS & HYDE PARK
After lunch, we headed over to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. We walked by Kensington Palace, and strolled through Princess Diana’s Memorial Garden. The flowers were stunning, and it was such a peaceful and lovely space.
BIKING THROUGH THE PARK
We realized how HUGE the two parks were, and figured we’d be able to cover more ground on bike. So we rented bikes from the local bikeshare, and had a blast! The rest of these photos were taken from my bike, so pardon the blurry-ness! The weirdest part about riding bikes in London was having to stay on the left side of the road! Yikes, that was interesting… We think we saw the entire park by bike, but we’re not 100% sure, as we definitely got lost somehow. I loved the pretty flowers, the well-manicured lawns, dirt paths for horses… it was just so neat.
AFTERNOON OF MUSEUMS
And then, after purchasing a bottle of water, a latte, and a small snack from the park cafe, we walked over to the Museum of Natural History. It was HUGE and amazing. They had the largest collection of taxidermied animals I’ve ever seen, I was totally blown away by how incredible it was. The V&A was just around the corner, so we went inside and did a quick spin, and then grabbed another latte.
We decided to try the London Eye again, for a second time. We took the tube there were in luck! Pro tip: even if you do pay online, you have to wait in line to get your ticket, and then wait in another line to get in line. Then you’re forced to watch a Coca-Cola sponsored 4D video, have about 8 opportunities to buy Coca-Cola products while in-line, and buy photos.
The ride was really neat and very smooth, it took a total of 30 minutes to go all the way around. The view was truly wonderful! I definitely recommend going!
DINNER & A PINT
We weren’t terribly far from Covet Garden, so we walked across the bridge again, and took more Big Ben photos! We ended up eatingat Princess of Whales for dinner. I had steak frites and a pint of Peroni. Great food!
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with improv and all things comedy, so when I found out that Top Secret Comedy Club has a free Tuesday night improv show, I knew I was going to add that into our itinerary. It was a hilarious show, we were dying of laughter. Though, I’m sure another pint helped with that.
We walked around after the show, and decided to grab another pint. I couldn’t even tell you the name of the bar. We walked around some more and by the time we got to the Underground, it was closed for the night. We had to take the ‘above ground,’ though we got off at the wrong stop. We were starving, had no wi-fi to connect to and call an uber. We passed the same fried chicken place I went to the night prior, and got another round of fried chicken, chips, and baked beans. Classy.
Step Count: 30,213
Stay tuned for the final installment of my 96 hours in London!