3 days in London 🙂
During our holidays back to Europe, we decided to spend 3 days in one of our favourite cities ever: London.
We know the city quite well as Michele (my fiance’) lived there for almost a year, still every time we go there is something new to discover.
The best part when you go back to a city multilple times is that you can finally enjoy it without the usual rush which pushes you to see as much as possible, so we took it easy and also found time to meet up with some friends who live there.
Day 1: Kew Gardens
We landed at Stansted airport at 9 am which means our flight was at 6.30 which leads to the fact we woke up at 4 am! A nightmare for someone like me who is not properly an early bird! As we were very tired, still jet lagged from our flight from San Francisco 3 days prior coming to London, we opted for a relaxing day at Kew Gardens. We’ve always wanted to visit these Royal Botanic Gardens and as the weather was a dream, full blue sky and super sunny, all the odds were for a day in the park! Yeah! 🙂
Kew Gardens are a real dream, huge, peaceful, lots of places to discover, benches to chill and perfect emerald green lawns where you can lay down, relax and have a pic nic.
There are different interesting spots inside the gardens not to be missed:
- The Treetop Walkway
This unique attraction allows you to walk through the trees with amazing views!Be prepared to be from London to the jungle!
- The Palm House
This Victorian glasshouse is one of Kew’s most recognisable buildings. Inside, the rainforest climate supports a unique collection of palms and other tropical species from some of the most threatened environments on Earth.
- The Hive
I was lucky enough to have the chance to admire the Hive for the thrid time, the previous 2 were at Expo 2015 in Milan, the Hive was in fact the main attraction of the UK Pavillion. You can find it now at Kew Gardens where you can step inside the extraordinary life of bees, the structure highlights the importance of bees for our future.
- The Hive’s honeycomb structure weighs 40 tonnes, the same as a humpback whale!
- There are more then 270 species of bees in the UK.
- Bees are vegetarians, they only eat pollen and nectar. They evolved from a carnivorous wasp around the same time that dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
- The clever honeybees use the sweet nectar from their favourite flowers to make delicious honey.
- On selected nights you can see the Hive lit up while sipping cocktails, enjoying music and having some inspiring talks with scientists.
Day 2: from brunch to dinner, eating with friends!
Our second day in London was all about food and meeting friends, we started with a brunch at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Olive Grove (delicious), afternoon tea and cakes at Peggy Porshen (amazing location) and dinner at the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever been, Dishoom!
We started with some authentic Italian at Olive Grove, here the food is amazing, extremely nice staff, clean and super yummy!Well done, Gordon! 🙂
Afternoon at Peggy Porshen, the most beautiful cake shop ever…the real question is: cupcake or fairy tale?
Dinner was at Dishoom, to me the best Indian restaurant ever…delicious, fresh and light food. Fantastic cheesy naan bread, as well as the fried okra and the house black daal. The venue is superbe and the cocktails delightful. Look for the permit room!
From Bombay, ops London, with love!
Day 3: Trip to Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury
For our last day we decided to go for a day trip outside London to visit Kent, we left from Victoria Sation and with an organized tour we went to discover Leeds Castle (which it’s not in Leeds but in Kent), the white cliffs of Dover and Canterbury.
- Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle was built in 1119, it’s not in Leeds as the name suggests but it’s located in Kent, just outside London. During the reign of King Edward I it became one of the royal castles, it has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six England’s medieval queens and a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
I’m a freak about English History and addicted to the Tudors, especially the crazy Henry VIII who owned the castle and installed the magnificent bay window.
- Dover Cliffs, the Channel and Canterbury
We mad a quick stop at Dover to admire the famous white cliffs and finally see the Channel, I don’t know why but I’ve always been so fascinated by it, I was surprised by the clearness of its water, it is almost white as the cliffs!
Tip: don’t miss the mural by Bansky about Brexit where a man is sadly deleting the UK star from the European Union flag, so sad 🙁
Next stop: Canterbury! If you love English literature, you are surely familiar with Chaucer and his famous Canterbury tales. Canterbury is a pretty, little village which deserves a visit especially its Cathedral. This beautiful church has a long tradition that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage and continues today sharing the beauty of this holy place.
The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and still a living church where Services take place every day. It is possible to visit ‘The Martyrdom” where Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 along with the Nave, the Crypt and the Trinity Chapel. A true gem!
We spent 3 amazing days in this vibrant city and one night we also managed to have fun at a Fun Fair!
Thank you London, we had a blast! 🙂
And remember, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life!” (Samuel Johnson)
See you next time London!