London, Baby!

As many of you know, my husband and I recently returned from vacation; we were in Ireland visiting family, and we took a short side trip to London.

Now, I could go on and on about what we did each day, but I don’t think you’re that interested. Instead, I’m just going to tell you some of my favorite things we did and saw.

If you want to know more about anything I mention, just ask in the comments!

Drinking on the street

Our first night we decided to explore our neighborhood and discovered the first thing we loved about London: you can drink outside!

I don’t mean, like sitting out on a patio, I mean literally just standing outside the bar drinking your beer.

Ok, I know that doesn’t sound super exciting, but it was really fun. And it may have only been because we can’t do it here, but it doesn’t change how much we enjoyed doing it!

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We just thought it was really funny.

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King’s Cross & Platform 9 3/4

I mentioned our magical day in the Wake Up Call, and I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but seriously, our Harry Potter day/ anniversary was so freakin’ awesome.

The first stop of the day was Platform 9 3/4. Our proximity to this fictional landmark directly correlated to the pitch of my voice. I kept telling Steve, “Thank you so much for this. You’re the best husband ever. I can’t believe this is happening!!”

I had a really hard time deciding between a Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff scarf for my photo op. I am a proud Hufflepuff, but I thought the scarf might blend in with my cream-colored dress too much. In the end, I went with Gryffindor because I was really embodying the whole Harry experience, ya know?

And, fine, the Gryffindor scarf just looked better.

I did wear my appropriate house scarf for a second photo op in the gift shop, though.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

We also had tickets forΒ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two. How amazing is my husband???

The show was phenomenal. The transitions were fabulous (although Steve was like, “What’s the point of this?”), and the effects! It looked like they were actually sucked into the phone booth at the entrance to the Ministry, and you should have seen the dementors– so awesomely terrifying.

Our seats were wayyyyyy up– seriously, we were three rows from the very top. The tickets even warn, “Balcony is high and steep,” and that was no exaggeration. When we first sat down, it was disorienting, and frankly, a little nauseating, but once the show started it wasn’t a problem.

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In all my excitement/ nerdiness, I asked Steve to take my photo with my Playbill. Alas, I can never seem to keep my eyes open when the flash is on so this was what happened:

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He thinks it’s hilarious. Partly because my eyes are closed, but also because he says my head looks like it was photoshopped onto someone else’s body. IDK. But I figured I’d share the laugh.

My friend Bob said to me yesterday, “I asked Steve if you enjoyed London and Harry Potter and stuff, and he said, ‘I’m pretty sure she was happier that day than she was on our wedding day.'”

Although not (100%) true, it perfectly sums up our Harry Potter day in London.


Of course, we did a lot of the usual tourist-y stuff and saw The London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. We didn’t go IN to any of these places, as we were doing our own sort of self-guided walking tour. Thus, we did most of our oohing and ahhing from the outside.

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Quirky bars

It seemed like every bar we went into had some sort of quirkiness, or homey feel, and I really loved it. More bars should have arm chairs, or be in a cave.

Cat in a bar!

I mean, need I say more? There was a cat named Earl (and a cat named Grey, who I did not see– Get it? Earl and Grey?). I got to pet him, and it made me so happy.

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We’d just left Buckingham Palace, and there was a motorcade coming.Β 

“Oh, let’s stop for a second,” Steve said, pointing.

We peered at the line of cars, and in the second to last car was an old lady with white hair. THE QUEEEN– the fucking Queen of England!

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Ugh, writing this makes me wish we were there now. I miss it so much that I don’t even have a witty ending for this blog post. I’ll be back for you London.

Have you ever been to London? What was your favorite part?

London, Baby!

41 thoughts on “London, Baby!

  1. Yay that you had fun!

    I think not being able to drink outside (especially taking a bottle of wine to a park with a picnic) is the thing I miss most about the UK. I’m glad you made the most of it. Was the bar in the cellar Gordons wine bar? I blooming love that place!

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  2. I have only ever seen the behind-the-scenes of London and the M25, and it’s not pretty, and the airports. My father is a huge airplane fan, and I spent days of my childhood in Heathrow terminals, and at Gatwick while my father took pictures, and listened to the flight tower on his radio. I went to Richmond once, it was a dump. I’ve only seen the sights on TV. Sad really for someone who spent 28 years in England, living only 2 hours away from London central. 😦

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  3. I’ve spent probably about three months there total, and I fall in love with London every single time! My favourite spot is the Orangery, just beside Kensington Palace for afternoon tea- quiet and gorgeous and delicious food! If you ever venture outside of London, heading to Hampton Court when the flower show is happening at the start of July is amazing. I also love Fortnum and Mason- 1) their tea is amazing, and 2) it’s just a fascinating place!! I could go on and on, but I won’t haha. Your pictures look fantastic!!

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    • Thank you! You know, I’m not usually much of a photographer, but I thought I did pretty well on this trip! And I know what you mean, I was out to lunch with some friends yesterday, and I’m pretty sure I talked about London for 20 minutes straight.


  4. I love seeing others exploring London from the tourist side. I live half an hour away from London on the train so the novelty of London has worn off for me! But I’m glad you had a good time and you made an excellent choice of sightseeing from the outside! If you were to go in to most of the big tourist places you’d spend a small fortune! πŸ™‚ I’ve not yet been to see the cursed child but I really want to πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, you should definitely go see the show! Totally worth every penny (or pence, I suppose- ha!). I envy your proximity, but that’s kind of how we are with Chicago. As much as I love the city, and enjoy its beauty and all there is to do, it doesn’t have the same effect as it does when you’re a tourist.

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      • One of my friends from uni is from Norway and she’d never been to London before so I took her around as a tourist… It was so bizarre for me as whenever I go to London it is for a specific reason, like going to see a show or meet a friend, it is never to see the tourist stuff! XD

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  5. Ha! That all sounds amazing! I hope I can visit London some day! My husband does t fly, he has anxiety on plans so I may have to take myself but i really enjoyed your tidbits! Thanks for sharing!

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