Travel Journal: London (Part One)

Day 17:  London

In an hour and a half, we made it to London by train, having travelled from Birmingham to Euston Station. I still remember the excitement of both Mum and I as we pulled into the station. We had finally made it to one of the world's best cities, and it was even better that we were there together!

Arriving at The Langham, we were in complete awe of the hotel that we had chosen. Not only does The Langham boast a central location, situated in London's West End on Regent Street, but its design was enough to impress.

Checking in was made easy with the helpful staff, who showed us to The Langham Club on the third level of the hotel. The club hosts privileges like complimentary afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and appetisers every day of our stay, including a glass of Laurent-Perrier upon our welcome. We had not even been in London for an hour, and we already felt at ease...

It was not too long until our room was ready, and it exceeded all of our expectations. The room was decorated in fine detail–even the bathroom breathed opulence with its marble floors and tiles.

After settling in, we decided that it was time to explore the city. On our walk we enjoyed Summer Streets on Regent Street. The iconic street was free from traffic, and filled with pop-up shows and entertainment, the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon!

Mum and I then headed towards Buckingham Palace where the skies were a beautiful blue. In all of its grandeur, the palace was just as iconic as we had imagined. We stopped to soak in the moment... Were we really in London right now?!

Believe it or not, we had arrived in the middle of a heatwave, and to cool down from the London heat, we stopped for delicious gelato. Can you believe that it was gelato weather? Or rather, were people lying to us when they said London summers were cold?

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It was soon time to explore, and what better way to do so than to do a Hop-On Hop-Off tour of the city? On the tour we covered many of London's greatest attractions. Some of the highlights for us included Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Belgravia and Old Bond Street.

After enduring the blaring London heat, we indulged in some afternoon tea at The Langham Club. Think handcrafted desserts, scones and sandwiches created by award winning pastry chef Cherish Finden.

At 5pm we made our way to Victoria Coach Station, where our Jack the Ripper tour departed from. The tour saw us learning about London's most famous criminals and crimes. We followed the path of the infamous Jack the Ripper, and even saw Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop. Legend has it that Todd murdered his barber clients, sending their parts to his partner in crime Mrs Lovett, who baked them into meat pies... #EW

The tour finished at around 8:30pm, and having arrived back in central London at Trafalgar Square, we decided to head towards Piccadilly Circus where we enjoyed dinner at San Carlo Cicchetti, which satisfied my pasta craving. The restaurant was buzzing, and it reminded us of Brunetti, with all of its decor and delicious plates...

Stay tuned for the next part of my London Travel Journal.

Chelsea Elizabeth xx