London :: part 1

London was our first stop on our big Europe adventure! We LOVED London, naturally. Our only regret is that we would have spent one more day there. During our stay was also Matt’s birthday so it made London even more special.

Like all our stops I’m going to give you our full itinerary. So here it is for London:


The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER. England

  • Metro stop: South Kensington
  • This was my second favorite hotel of all 5 hotels we stayed at this trip
  • Pros: so stylish, very comfy bed, clean, heated bathroom floors, bathtub, quiet, very close to metro
  • Cons: small room, breakfast not included
MAY 13 – Monday

Arrive in London at 9:35 a.m.
Check in hotel – pick up London pass tickets at Leicester Square tube station
Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Lunch – – Ottolenghi, 13 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
Big bus tour hop-on-hop off – Big Bus Tours meet at Green Park Tub stop
Tate Modern*
Big Ben and Parliament
London Eye
Westminster Abbey
Whitehall/ Piccadilly*
National Gallery/ Trafalgar Square
British Library*
British Museum*
St. Paul’s
Shakespeare’s Globe*
Tower of London
Tower Bridge Exhibition*
Churchill War Rooms
Dinner – Bumpkin Restaurant, 102 Old Brompton Road South Kensington, London SW7

MAY 14 – Tuesday – MATT’S BIRTHDAY!!

Portobello Road (best to just do this on Saturday but if we had more time we would have gone by)
Lunch – – Golden Union, 38 POLAND STREET, SOHO LONDON, W1F 7LY
Thames River Cruise (was rainy and water looked too choppy for us)
Afternoon Tea at the hotel (2:30 – 5:30)
Dinner – The Atlas Pub, 16 Seagrave Road, London, SW6 1RX

MAY 15 – Wednesday (half day)

Harrod’s Mall and walk around South Kensingston area
Train ride to Paris – London St Pancras 12:25

Key: * means we just drove by on the big bus tour, crossed through means we didn’t do at all

Several things from Monday’s list went over to Tuesday. We did not do all that on Monday!

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More London photos to come at the end of the week! Please message me if you have any questions about our schedule or need some advice!

  1. Jessica

    What beautiful pictures!! What camera/lens did you use? I am so looking forward to my trip this coming June. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

    • Aubri Duran

      Hi Jessica! I use a Canon Rebel t3i with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Hope you have a great trip!


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