London: A Review in Photos

It’s already been just over a month since we got back from our most recent European vacation. Life has been busy, so it’s taken me longer than I’d prefer to get around to posting!

As promised, I wanted to share some photos, reviews, and tips of the places we went. Naturally I’m starting with London since that was the first and last city we visited. Although we didn’t stay in London for very long, we were still able to see most of the main tourist sites and then some.

On our first full day, we visited the Tower of London & Tower Bridge. We didn’t actually go inside the Tower, but still got some great views from beyond the walls.

Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower of London & Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

That day also happened to be Cinco de Mayo, and as we were walking to the Borough Market, we randomly stumbled upon a Mariachi band (which my husband heard from a mile away). The band was playing for customers at Chilango, a fast food Mexican restaurant that reminded me of Chipotle. We did not try the food, but the Coronas were good!

Mariachi Band at Chilango's

Coronas at Chilango's

Next we went to the London Eye. Luckily the line wasn’t too bad when we were there, but I would recommend buying tickets ahead of time if possible to save yourself the hassle. You can even buy fast track tickets if you don’t want to wait as long.

The London Eye

London Eye

London Eye Pod

London Eye Pod

Big Ben from the London Eye

View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye

From the London Eye, it was a short walk to see Big Ben.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Next we walked a mile or so to Buckingham Palace. We saw a couple neat things along the way:

Free Scotland Graffiti

London Telephone Booth

It was pretty overcast by the time we got to Buckingham Palace (as it was throughout most of our trip), but we still had fun admiring the Queen’s residence.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Guard

Prior to our visit, we heard that London had fantastic Indian food, so we went out of our way to find a good spot for dinner. Luckily we stumbled on Dishoom, which is located in the Canary neighborhood. This was by far the best meal we had in London. We lingered and enjoyed drinks and our meal for a few hours. I would highly recommend checking it out (I believe they have multiple locations).

Dishoom Menu

We had a bowl of bhel for our appetizer (puffed rice, Bombay mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, and mint):

Dishoom Appetizer

Paneer Tikka for my meal:

Paneer Tikka at Dishoom

My husband’s chicken dish, along with some delicious yogurt dip and cheese naan:

Food at Dishoom

Kulfi on a stick for dessert:

Dessert at Dishoom

And a “naughty chocolate chai” to end the night (dark chocolate, spicy chai, and bourbon):

Alcoholic Hot Chocolate at Dishoom

We left London the next day to head off to Scotland and Ireland (which I’ll post about soon), but we returned for our final night so we could easily depart from Heathrow Airport the next day. There were amazing views on the flight from Dublin to London:

Birdseye View of London

Birdseye View of London

Birdseye View of London

We stayed at the Hyatt Place close to Heathrow Airport. The main lobby bar/restaurant had surprisingly good food and cheap drinks:

Cheese Plate

Fish & Chips

Although we had a pretty calm, relaxing last night, we did venture up the road to the Three Magpies. This was an awesome little local bar with lots of TVs, a great drink selection, and good food. I’d recommend stopping here if you ever stay near the airport (especially considering there aren’t many other options).

Three Magpies

Stay tuned for more photos and tips from the other cities we visited!

 

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