Falling in Love with London: My Second Trip to the City

With my family here this week, I had the opportunity to spend my second weekend in London!
Of course, it was incredible being back together with my family. I had missed them so much, and we were able to have some much needed family time!

Together, we were able to see some more of the “touristy” attractions that London had to offer, and we also discovered some new areas too!

Here are some of my favorite new discoveries from my three days spent in London with my family.

Hyde Park

Although I have been to Hyde Park before, my family and I were able to spend an entire morning strolling through the now blooming green space. This time was even nicer than when I went in January, because the weather was gorgeous and evidence of spring was everywhere! It was sunny and mid 50s, the flowers & trees were starting to bloom, and the park was filled with runners, families, and so many dogs.

Hyde Park is much bigger than I had realized, I learned that it is over 350 acres! I was able to go for a run through the park on my last morning too. I could spend days there! It would be great to come back some day during the summer and have a picnic or spend an afternoon on the lake.

Tower of London

On our second morning, my family and I went on a tour of the Tower of London. I absolutely loved it, it was much different than I expected! The Tower of London is a historic castle and home to so much history, and the Royal Crown Jewels! The Jewels were gorgeous. It was so interesting to learn about the collection and discover that much of the Crown Jewels and other royal items are still used regularly! 

Other than the Jewels, we learned about the history of the Tower, which included murders, medieval knights, torture, armies, and infamous “pet” ravens who live at and guard the Tower. It was such an interesting and beautiful experience, definitely worth the trip.

The London Eye

Okay, this one was big for me. I have an insane fear of heights. I can barely walk up a flight of stairs and stand near the railing without getting a little scared. This was something my family really wanted to do, and I knew I couldn’t miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Not going to lie, the first fifteen minutes were some of the most anxious I’ve ever had. But once we got past the top and started heading down, I was able to calm down a bit and look up to enjoy the view. I even got off the bench and stood near the edge for  a few pictures. The view of the river, Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben, and the whole surrounding area was insane. As hard as it was, it was an amazing experience, and I’ll admit it was probably worth it.

Tate Modern Art Museum

As an art minor, I get so excited when I have the opportunity to visit art museums. This quickly became my favorite modern museums I’ve ever visited! We didn’t have much time to spend there, but I definitely could’ve spent an entire day. My favorite part was seeing some of Warhol’s work, including Marilyn Diptych.

They also had a super neat exhibit in the entrance of the museum. You walk into a large hall filled with lights, sounds, and other hanging objects that all make up the exhibit. Just walking down the hall you can see the exhibit transform as it interacts with the sounds and bodies around it. The exhibit feeds off of the heat and noises in the hall, creating a constantly changing and interactive piece of artwork.

 

I loved my second trip to London. There is still so much to see and so little time! I loved discovering new areas and checking off more of my bucket list items. One of my other favorite parts was exploring some of the markets hidden across London. So much that I decided they needed a whole separate post!

Being here with my family and having all of these new experiences was such a blast. Up next, Paris!

 

 

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