Spring Break in London

Sigh, London.  We had the best time visiting you.  You were even better than I imagined.  Here are a few photos and some of the favorite places we peeped during our stay across the pond.

To Stay:  Chelsea? Kensington? Notting Hill?  I did a fair amount of hemming and hawing before deciding to spend our London visit in South Kensington. (the sweet cobbled mews, tree-lined thoroughfare, & cafes)

 

It’s shops like this that I wish we had more of in the states.  However I guess that’s what gives London it’s charm and why I appreciate it so much.

 

To Do:  I had a list of museums, parks,  shops, & dining spots to hit up.  There is really so much to see you can’t go wrong in London.

The Tower of London was our first stop where we met up with friends from home.  I knew Ava would love seeing the crown jewels and all of her questions on be-heading were answered in the torture chambers.  The same day we crossed the Thames and visited the Tate Modern that has a recent add on, what a building.

I did my best explaining Andy Warhol to an 8 year old

The Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert are next to each other so we visited both one morning.  I did not have plans to take Ava to the Natural History museum but I’m glad we went because it ended up being one of her favorites, loved all the animals!

We visited Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace.  The walk from Notting Hill through Kensington Palace and gardens back to our flat was one that we did twice.  It’s a long walk but the gardens are gorgeous and Ava enjoyed watching the swans and feeding the ducks.

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Highlights that are not shown, such as afternoon tea at Sketch.  Worth making the reservations weeks in advance, I have to say it exceeded my expectations, I have a picture on it on my IG.  The champagne cart itself was amazing, we had tea in the gallery room.  Ava had the children’s tea, so darling!  I had the tea with a glass of champagne:)  One of our favorite dinners was sushi at Sexy Fish, great food, service, people watching, atmosphere.  Farm Girl cafe for lunch in Notting Hill, tucked away in a little alley, all organic superfood of a menu.  More sushi at Harrods!  We also had treats at Biscuiteers and Peggy Porschen.  Exhibition road where Ava is standing above is full of cafes and restaurants too which was just around the corner from our flat.

 

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