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London Plans!


Mimosas, laptops, cinnamon rolls: London planning 2020

A few weeks ago, the London trip group met up for a brunch and to finalize some concrete plans for the trip! We are still about two months away from the trip, but we wanted to get the big things locked down and put together a general itinerary for each day. It went really well! And it got me thinking that I should share on the blog. Of course, things could still shift and I’m a big believer in keeping some things loose some of the time. It will be interesting to see how much we stick to the plans and what else we come up with once we are actually there.


Another big reason I’m sharing is to see if anyone sees anything major missing from our list. I would hate to miss out on something amazing! Especially if it’s something that’s not all that difficult to see. So please, let me know!


Our trip is May 1-9. We actually arrive on the 2nd, so I’ll start there.


Saturday, May 2


11 a.m. - Arrive in London and drop our things off at the Airbnb in Little Venice

12-3 p.m. - Wander around Little Venice and maybe other areas

3 p.m. - Officially check in to the Airbnb and get settled in

I imagine we will go out for dinner somewhere nearby before coming back to crash and attempt to knock out the jet lag. Suggestions for dinner are welcome!


Sunday, May 3


Free day!


We wanted a day to get our bearings and figure out what we want to do. Here are a few things we talked loosely about:

Shoreditch: I’m excited to see all the art and poke around the shops. What would you eat in this area? I am all about the food.

Beermondsey Mile: We have some huge beer lovers in this group, myself included. This area came up a while back. I thought it might fit well on this day since we are still trying to relax a little and get to know the city.

Sunday Roast: We’ve had several friends recommending finding a good Sunday roast at some point in the day. What are the best ones? Are there any we definitely need to avoid? I need opinions!


Monday, May 4


HARRY POTTER STUDIO DAY


I am just a little excited about the tour. In all honesty, I’m a little nervous about my friends seeing me in such a state of nerddom, but I’m sure they will love it.


We have the tour set to start at 11:30 a.m. I’ve heard it’s supposed to take several hours if you are a big fan. They are also currently celebrating Slytherin house, so we are going to get to see the Slytherin common room. Andrew is a Slytherin, but he’s also not the biggest HP fan, so I will have to freak out for him.


I can’t wait to see basically everything. We had some friends who went not long ago and they loved it despite not being life-long fans. I will probably get emotional. Even now, I am struggling to come up with a description of how excited I am, so I’m just going to leave it at that and leave the description for after the trip. It might be its own post entirely.


Tuesday, May 5


Touristy day!


This is the day we’ve picked to try to get in some major historical sites in London. We’ve tried to put them close in area and estimated amount of time. Here’s a quick list:


Tower of London

St. Dunstan in the East

Lunch

10 Downing Street

Changing of the Guard

Westminster Abbey

Churchill War Rooms


When asking around about what to do in London, all of these were high on the list for most of our friends. I’m particularly excited about the Tower of London. Torture is always interesting.


Wednesday, May 6


Stonehenge, Windsor, Bath tour


When I realized how close Stonehenge is to London, I really wanted to go. Almost everyone else in the group also wanted to go. One friend isn’t so pumped because at the end of the day, it’s just rocks. Sorry, Jessa. And I get that, but I still think there’s a chance it’s ancient aliens. Also, I just love looking at old things. The U.S. just doesn’t have much like that, so I guess that’s why I find it so fascinating.


Long story short, I’m excited for this tour. I think it will be a great chance to see some good historical sites. Stonehenge obviously doesn’t take that long to see, so we’re also going to explore Windsor and Bath. I’ve heard a lot about Bath’s ancient origins and I’ve also heard that it’s currently just a very pretty town. I think we have a chance to grab lunch on our own here, so I’m happy to hear recommendations for that!


Thursday, May 7


Theatre Day!


During the day, we don’t have much planned for Thursday. At 2:30, we have it marked down to stop by the British Museum for the Ancient Egypt Eye Opener tour that they do every day. As I’ve stated in other posts, I’m obsessed with The Mummy, and I just think it would be fun to see what they have.


At 8:30, we have tickets to see The Woman in Black in the West End! As a former theatre kid, I am very excited. Also, it’s a horror stage play, which I haven’t really heard of before. When picking a play to see, we decided we wanted to find something we wouldn’t be able to see easily at home. Birmingham has Broadway shows come through every year, and they are all the very well-known ones. Mostly musicals. I’m excited to see something that we wouldn’t get a chance to see at home.


Friday, May 8


Free Day!


This is our last full day in London, so we wanted to leave it open to do things we might miss throughout the week. I’m sure there will be things that we notice when we get there that we never thought of, and this is a good chance to get out and do those.


Also, I think we will probably split off as couples on this day to do our own activities. Traveling with friends is super fun and I am excited, but I also think it’s important to get some one on one time in if you’re traveling with a partner. Last year, we did this with our Girona trip, and it was great!


May 9


Bye London! Our flights are around 11 a.m., so I don’t think we’ll have time to get anything in, unfortunately.


I can’t even describe how excited I am for this trip. I want it to be here now! Please, please, please throw out any recommendations you might have. London is huge, so I feel like I’m bound to miss out on something. I just want to be as prepared as possible!

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