Being a tourist in London

 

It’s been a month since my sister Abby visited us, and I’m only just finishing these posts up now! Time to step up my blogging game (I don’t think I’m sticking to my New Year’s resolutions very well…)

The first time that we brought Abby to London, we decided to take her on an East End tour, inspired by the fantastic Eating London Food Tour that Tom and I went on a few months ago. We weren’t in the mood for tourists (if the title of this post is now confusing you, read on…) and we’re ALWAYS in the mood for good food.

First stop was Pizza East in Shoreditch. I’m definitely a pizza snob but this one was awesome. Pesto, tomatoes, artichokes… yes please.

pizza east pesto pizza shoreditch

After stuffing our faces, we took Abby to Spitalfields Market. A little hipster haven (and a good spot to find some unique gifts), we strolled around for a bit.

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Within 15 minutes, we had digested a bit… and Tom and I had a hankering for the bread and butter pudding that we tried on the food tour. Lucky for us, the pub we’d had it at was right next to the market!

spitalfields market londonpub near spitalfields

Before our puddings came out, we refreshed ourselves with Pimms. And at that point, Abby was officially in England.

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Apologies that there aren’t any photos of the pudding but if you read my review of the tour you’ll see a lovely one!

A couple of days later, we graced London with our presence again– this time, we got a bit more touristy.

First stop was a snack at Borough Market. This was my first time visiting as Tom and I usually only make it into London on Sundays…. when it’s closed. Finally we made it!

borough market london

Tom and I tried some Parmigiana Reggiano samples at an Italian cheese and meat stall, and instantly decided to pick some up. So fresh, so much flavor. YUM!

Then, influenced yet again by the Eating London Food Tour, we gravitated towards the Brick Lane Bagels… bagels borough market londonborough market london beagles

…and made a purchase.

salted beef beigel at borough market

beigel borough market

Not as good as the one on the tour. Our tour guide Emily clearly brought us to the BEST…

borough market the shard

borough market london bread pudding

Abby was lured in by a man overselling a donut. He told stories of a Texan man crying over how good his donuts were. Abby likes donuts anyways so he could have really saved his breath…

borough market donut

 

After fueling up, it was on to the Times Square of London! Via the subway! I mean underground

leicester square underground sign Leicester square london

london guys

Abby made plenty of new friends in London…

leicester square

So, where else do you bring someone who has never been to London before?

Buckingham Palace– where the Queen lives! Of course, many photos were necessary.

buckingham palace

buckingham palace

buckingham palace

royal mile taxis

Before heading to Covent Garden where we would eventually eat again (at Wahaca. For the millionth time. They can’t keep us away!) we relaxed in Hyde Park and took in the greenery.

park near buckingham palace

Tom took the above photo. His skills are really improving! Could be due to his wonderful teacher…

What touristy bits do you recommend seeing when in London? My parents and aunt will be visiting in just a couple of weeks, so leave some suggestions in the comments!

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10 Comments

  1. July 3, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Yay! This looks like such a fun visit! I just checked out that food tour too, holy monkeys that looks like fun.

    • July 5, 2014 / 7:49 pm

      It is Margo. I highly recommend it if you’re ever up near us 🙂

  2. July 4, 2014 / 7:32 am

    This is like a foodie tour of London. The bread pudding in your precious post looks so yummy. Other touristy bits hmm so much, for me the south bank, Tate if they like art, london eye then travel over the bridge to see the House of Commons. Camden along the canel walk to Little Italy grab a coffee and cake at the boat at the end. Get a canal boat back and stop at London Zoo. Lucy

    • July 5, 2014 / 7:48 pm

      Good suggestions Lucy, thanks!

  3. Catherine
    July 7, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Hi Jess!

    I really love your leather jacket that you are wearing in the picture with your sister! I was wondering why you bought it? Thank you!

    (Sorry, I never been to London so I dont have any suggestion about what you should visit!)

    • July 8, 2014 / 5:35 pm

      Aw thanks Catherine! It’s my go-to jacket, I absolutely love it. I got it from New Look, and only for about £40. Not sure where you are located but they sell stuff on Asos as well as their own site.

  4. August 12, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    Is there a limit to the number of times one can eat at Wahaca? The answer is most certainly NO.
    I adore that picture of the black cab driving past the Mall!

    When visitors come to London I usually take them to Gordon’s Wine Bar, Covent Garden (with a stop at Porterhouse) and Portobello Road (with a stop at the Churchill Arms – AKA the best pub in London!)

    x

    • August 14, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      There. is. no. limit…

      I always need new places to check out– have heard good things about Porterhouse so must go there, and I haven’t been to Portobello Road yet either. I think it’s time I got there (and I think I’ll vlog it…)

      • August 15, 2014 / 9:11 am

        If you need a guide/vlogging buddy/general parter in crime and eating, just let me know. You need to get there though, it’s one of the best London experiences!

        • August 15, 2014 / 6:20 pm

          I will DEFINITELY be taking you up on that vlogging buddy offer!

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