I am a born and raised New Yorker, but I just like London way more than the big apple. It’s not that I don’t have pride for my city. Of course New York has many great qualities, but London is just a more civil city and I find myself generally calmer and happier when I’m there. So even though the second part of my recent Eurotrip was work-related, I was happy to do afterwork dinners and exploring to make the most out of the stay.
Kriston and I arrived in London from Canterbury on an early Sunday afternoon and immediately checked into The Trafalgar, which was fabulous! We wanted to kick off our London stay in true English form, and headed straight to afternoon tea at the Park Room located in the Grosvenor House. Because we are both
crazy careful foodie researchers, we had done extensive research about afternoon tea in London prior to the trip, and it was well worth it! We wanted a place that wasn’t overly fancy, but had good food and a nice ambiance. The Park Room had it all. Great selection of sandwiches, desserts and teas (I recommend Golden Rose for floral tea fans) – everything that afternoon tea should be. We pre-ordered a voucher online which also came with 2 glasses of champagne each. At the end of the overindulgent experience, we were told that we could take slices of cake to go. Despite being stuffed beyond belief, we couldn’t refuse and strolled around the city with our to-go cake boxes in hand.
This is the face of pure joy:
A surprise highlight of the trip was the view from our hotel at the Vista Rooftop. I didn’t realize when booking that it had some of the best views of London. The food was just ok and the drinks were good, but it was really all about seeing the city from above.
A nice tourist took one of my favorite pics of the trip on the rooftop too!
The week flew by, but we managed to take a quick night stroll and see the London Eye, Big Ben and other waterfront sites.
Although time was limited, we made the most of our nights. Kriston being a former UK dweller, made the most of his days by catching up with friends. It’s safe to say that we both love the city and *fingers crossed* will make it our home within the next few years.