Day 1, Tuesday:
Leave for London in AM. Arrive in London in PM.
Day 2, Wednesday:
Walk around London
- 10 Downing Street
- London Eye (book tickets in advance)
- Covent Garden
- Visit London School of Economics
- Pub Crawl – George IV, The Seven Stars, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, and The Dickens Inn
- See outside of the Tower of London
- Walk on Tower Bridge
Day 3, Thursday:
Walk around London (again)
- Notting Hill
- Lunch at The Churchill Arms (Thai food – AMAZING)
- Hyde Park – Diana Memorial
- Portbello Road Market
- Ice cream at Harrods
- Jack the Ripper Tour with “The Jack the Ripper Tour“
- See London Eye and Big Ben at night
Day 4, Friday:
Trip to Paris for the day. Booked Eurostar and Hop On Hop Off bus through Evan Evans Sightseeing Tours (Note: booking through a tourist agency was way cheaper for us than booking the Eurostar alone. However, we also only booked the night before when Eurostar prices were really high). We also bought metro cards when we arrived. The Hop On Hop Off bus takes over two hours so to skip a lot of the delay we utilized the metro to get to a lot of the sites.
Some of the sites we visited include: the Eiffel Tour (we didn’t go up), Le Louvre (we went inside and ran straight for the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa), Catedrale Notre Dame de Paris (we walked inside), Arc de Triomphe (walked underneath it), Opera National de Paris (only the outside), and we had lunch on the Champs-Elysses. The absolute highlight of our trip was seeing the Eiffel Tour at night. We had crepes and wine while watching the Eiffel Tour sparkle (at night, the Eiffel Tour sparkles the first five minutes of every hour – after that, the lights are just the normal, beautiful lights). Also, the best viewing spot is outside of Trocedero station.
Extra Helpful Tips: (1) I would not attempt to go see the Catacombs if you only have one day. It seems like the wait is hours any time you go. (2) If you are planning this day trip in advance, book your Eiffel Tour fast pass tickets online. We booked our day trip the night before so the Eiffel Tour tickets were already sold out. (3) Wear comfortable walking shoes. If you are only doing a day trip, you will walk a lot!
Saturday, October 26:
9am Train to Cambridge. Arrived at 10am. Walked around Cambridge, UK. Visited John’s College and King’s College. Had lunch near the river. Shopped at the markets.
We were back in London by 3pm. When we got back to London we went straight for the NFL rally in Trafalgar Square (one of the reasons we were in London was for the NFL game that Sunday). Afterwards, we walked around Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, and then we went to Covent Garden for cookies and macaroons.
Sunday, October 27:
In the late afternoon we headed to Wembley for the NFL game (Jaguars vs. 49ers). When that game was over, we went to Sports Bar & Grill at Victoria Station to watch more American football games. At the very end of the night, we returned back to Buckingham Palace to take pictures at night.
Monday, October 28:
We spent the morning walking around London some more: going inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, seeing the financial district, etc. In the early afternoon we left London and arrived home in the evening.
Enjoy London (and Paris)!