After a long and delayed trip, we finally made it to London! The flight was not too bad – I got some sleep and it went by much faster than I anticipated. We arrived at London Heathrow at about 8:30am local time (which is 5 hours ahead of what we are used to. Yikes.) We met up with the rest of our travel group and took a bus to the hotel, a Holiday Inn Express in Earls Court.
As soon as we left the airport, I quickly fell for London! I love the cute little houses snuggled up next to each other and since the buildings are so old, it gives the town some character. There’s a good mix of modern amenities and some really cool buildings and billboards, so it’s just really is interesting to look at. Wish it wasn’t so cloudy the whole time!
Since we weren’t able to check into our rooms until 2pm, we were free to break into groups and literally do whatever. My friends and I decided to brave the metro and travel to Russell Square to the (free) British Museum. Once we found the station, we caused a scene (again) trying to by our tickets (hmm….seems to be a theme). We were clearly foreigners and completely clueless, but we got it worked out.
We managed to figure out the metro (we even transferred trains!) and made it to Russell Square. According to our tour guide, we “couldn’t miss” the museum once we got off the train, but that was hardly the case. Nevertheless we found the museum and spent a while checking it out. Probably some of the coolest things we saw were the Rosetta Stone and the Easter Island statue Hoa Hakananai’a. We didn’t make it through the whole museum (which was massive by the way) before jet lag and exhaustion kicked in. We grabbed lunch at Pret A Manger by the metro station and headed back to check in to our hotel and get some rest before we met up with the group at 6pm.
After a (much needed) shower and nap, we met up with our tour group and headed to a nearby pub called The Goose for dinner and drinks. I was obligated to get fish and chips and I also had an apricot and peach cider which may have changed my life. It was that good.
After dinner, a group of us decided to head to Picadilly Circus to check out the nightlife. Picadilly Circus is really cool and reminds me of Time Square. It has big lights and billboards, lots of cars and tons of people. Very cool. Since we knew we would have to take the metro back by midnight and had no idea how much a taxi would cost, it was going to be a short night. Thanks to the persistence of one of our group members, we managed to get into two clubs and get a couple drinks for free. But it really wasn’t hard considering he was the only guy with 12 girls. We once again pointed out that we aren’t from around here when after asking the bartender what the specials were, Meredith replied “okayyyyy!” which definitely took him off guard. Our outing that night was also the beginning of our love for British men in suits. They always seem to look so good looking! After a couple drinks, we decided to head home.
My love of a British accent was only amplified when on the way home from the metro, a man walked by and said “What have you girls been up to?! Naughty, naughty, naughty!” Loved it!