Outfit details: Sandringham Burberry trench coat, Frame white jeans (also love these and these), J.Crew top (old) (similar here and here), Madewell sandals (I have both colors and I’m obsessed), Madewell bag, Illesteva sunnies
Some of my favorite travel experiences have been last minute decisions or changes in plans – and our honeymoon finale in London was no exception. At the last minute, we decided to end our French honeymoon with a taste of Britain and hopped over for a weekend of sightseeing, exploring and trench coat wearing. Looking for more London-inspired fashion? Check out this post.
We landed late at night and stayed at the Threadneedles Autograph Collection Hotel. The hotel lobby boasts a lounge with a magnificent glass dome and the rooms are just as regal.
Eat + See
Wake up and head just across the street to Burger & Lobster for decadent lobster rolls. Then take a leisurely stroll along the Thames, stopping to see the sights – from crates of old books for sale to a graffiti-covered skate park – there’s much to see. You can’t miss the London Eye, the Tate Modern, the Tower Bridge and the London Bridge. I also highly recommend catching a Shakespeare show at the Globe Theatre with a pint in hand schedule permitting.
Make your way over to take some silly tourist photos with Big Ben and admire the Houses of Parliament before heading to Buckingham Palace. It’s worth it to push your way through the crowds to see the changing of the guards. The pomp and circumstance (and hats!) are just wonderful to see firsthand. If you want any silly trinkets and souvenirs, the shops in the vicinity of the Palace have you covered.
Pop over to the Churchill War Rooms. The entire museum is like stepping into the past and you’ll learn so much about World War II and what life was like in London during that time.
Hop in a taxi to head over to Harrod’s. Make a reservation for tea at The Georgian at Harrod’s. You’ll want to leave some additional time window shop on Brompton Road. While I’m on the topic of shopping – pop into a Boots and pick up some great cosmetics and skincare products! It’s basically the British CVS but much better. Back to tea. I really do love tea (in case you missed it, check out my bridal tea here) and Harrod’s really does tea properly. I always like to order a little champagne, too!
For pre-dinner drinks, head back toward the hotel to Sushi Samba on the 38th floor of the Heron building. They even have an outdoor terrace with outrageous views of the city! Dress up as the doormen are a bit strict. Duck and Waffle is located in the same building (just a floor up) and people rave about it. You definitely need a reservation. After enjoying some Peruvian cocktails, descend back to sea level to dine on delicious Indian food. If you like Indian food then London is the place to eat it. Head over to Darbaar and order the briyani!
Eat + See
Wake up early and catch a taxi or the tube to Notting Hill. Find yourself a table at one of the many adorable brunch spots. You can’t go wrong with Granger & Co., Daylesford, Lowry & Baker, Bluebelles, Farm Girl and Snaps and Rye.
Wander through the pastel neighborhoods admiring the stately homes and dream of moving to London and living in one. Snap back to reality and head over the Portobello Road to peruse the antique shops and boutiques. If you can, go on a Saturday when the market is in full swing. If you’re an antique lover (I am!) plan to leave some time to go to the post to mail your finds home. There’s more beautiful china, silver, and tea-related tableware as well as old paintings, vintage British flags and other desirable decor than you can possibly fit in a suitcase.
Continue on your tea-themed journey to The Orangery at Kensington Palace where you can enjoy tea inside or out overlooking the grounds. Add a glass of Pimm’s to your afternoon tea and then wander the grounds while imagining life as a royal. Pop into the Churchill Arms after you finish touring the palatial gardens for a pint.
In case you didn’t get your fill of shopping the day before (is anyone ever tired of shopping?), head over to High Street or the King’s Road and pop into the shops. Harrod’s and Harvey Nichol’s are also located nearby. P.S. my dress is by Rebecca Taylor and it’s old but similar options I love are here, here, and here.
If tea sandwiches didn’t quite quell your appetite, head over to Britannia, a gastropub that’s been around since 1834, and be transported back to another time for your final meal in London.
There are so many ways to spend 48 hours in London and we absolutely loved our tea, shopping and food filled experience! I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!