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Aldermans Go Global: London

D A Y  1

IMG_7250[First impression of London – I mean, WHY can’t our taxis be this adorable?! I already love this city.]

IMG_7263[Kensington Palace and Gardens was huge and gorgeous. We spent our first afternoon strolling the park, people and swan-watching, and finding the Peter Pan statue! #NeverGrowUp]

IMG_7283[Then, the unthinkable happened. I took this picture literally minutes before a drunk homeless guy came over and spilled his alcohol all over my pants. Like, I’m not kidding you when I say I reeked of alcohol and my pants were drenched. Long story short, it led to new pants from Zara and … ]

IMG_7294[… finding this place, The Cockpit. We ended up missing our pub tour we’d booked, but instead we found this pub that was so quintessentially English it was amazing. There were no tourists, Rugby World Cup was on the TV and most importantly, the beer was flowing. Probably our favorite place from the entire trip.]

IMG_7311[Pub stop #2. We just decided to make our own pub tour.]

IMG_7314[After a few beers, we were more than happy to take these cliche pics.]

D A Y  2 


IMG_7319[Our Rick Steve’s recommended hotel was so adorable. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Not to mention we had a full, traditional English breakfast every morning. Not pictured: The baked beans that came with this and were SO good. (For breakfast! IKR!) Pictured: The most amazing bacon and grilled tomatoes you’ve ever had.]

IMG_7340[Tower of London, Crown Jewels and adorable husband – check!]

IMG_7350[And awesome views of the Tower Bridge – check!]

IMG_7525[My favorite thing we did in London was the Sunday afternoon church service at Westminster Abby. The choir was PHENOMENAL. I’ve never heard anything like it before in my life. Also, I couldn’t stop thinking about how Will + Kate got married here, sooooo that was pretty cool.]

IMG_7365[Favorite photo from the trip! Thanks random strangers from Chicago. <3]

IMG_7536[Next up – The London Eye. Which I did not like. So I promptly rewarded myself with ice cream. And as mom later reminded me, she always use to reward me with ice cream too.]

IMG_7390[After a loooooong day of walking, we decided to stick near our hotel for dinner. Come to find out the restaurant literally right next door was highly rated on Yelp. We both had great meals, but it was the dessert that left an impression. This orange creme brulee was TDF. Tiny, but TDF.]

D A Y  3 

IMG_7410[Waiting with thousands of other people for the changing of the guards!]


IMG_7423[And the wait was totally worth it. Next time I have to go in Buckingham Palace!]

IMG_7474[Churchill War Rooms was Kyle’s favorite thing from London. It was literally the secret, underground bunker Churchill used during WW2, and it was fascinating.]

[Not Pictured: The National Gallery museum – highly recommend!]

IMG_7483[Lunch at Red Lion Pub and our first fish and chips, which we LOVED.]

IMG_7516[Tower Bridge selfie on our hop-on, hop-off tour bus! We loved this. It was a great way to see the city and fun to sit on top!]


IMG_7531[Dinner: The Thomas Cubitt
This may sound crazy, but this was the best soup I’ve ever had in my life – white onion + thyme with wilshire truffles and croutons. Like, I can still remember exactly what it tastes like, and I’m not even a soup person. Also, our appetizer got messed up and instead we got smoked quail, and surprisingly it was delicious.]

D A Y  4 – L A S T  D A Y  I N  L O N D O N 

IMG_7559[Kew Gardens was just gorgeous, and the weather was so perfect. My pictures don’t do it justice (and of course I took like a million.) But I had to share this one of the peacock that just walked right in front of me on the path – it was incredible! We were like, where are we?!]

IMG_7594[Mid-morning cake + cappuccinos.]

[Not Pictured: Victoria + Albert Museum – also highly recommend!]

IMG_7674[One thing we did not get to do that I really wanted to was go to Notting Hill (I will just have to re-watch the movie and go back!). This was the closest we got – Churchill Arms, a famous pub full of flowers and plants inside and out that also served delicious Indian food.]

But before we headed to Paris, there was one more thing we HAD to do … 

F622EAA0-49FE-4464-9608-665E1A35A4F0[JK, we’re not going to Paris, we’re headed to Hogwarts!!]

xo xo

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