We just returned from a whirlwind tour of England, France and Italy and it was quite an adventure to say the least. In two weeks, we traveled to London, Paris, Menton (French Rivera), Cinque Terre (Italian Rivera), and Milano. Every stop was so unique, filled with delicious food, lots of walking, and exploring. We rented Airbnbs for our entire trip which worked out perfectly for us. It was so nice having a private apartment to retreat to…and we both love to cook so it was lovely having access to a kitchen as well…
London was our first stop. Full of color and character, London was filled with pub hopping, afternoon tea, and trekking miles through the city to take in as much as we could in just a couple of days.
Notting Hill was the first neighborhood we explored. The boutiques and storefronts are absolutely adorable.
We stopped at Ottolengi’s Bakery in Notting Hill for coffee, a scrumptious strawberry cake, and an egg salad + watercress sandwich on sourdough. It was the perfect way to start our day. We nibbled on our goodies as we strolled towards the famous Portobello Market.
The Portobello Market is a vintage lover’s heaven. Booth after booth of vintage coats, dresses, English tea sets, and old books. We browsed for hours…
The glorious Churchill Arms is a must-stop. It’s a traditional English pub that so happens to have a Thai restaurant in the back as well. I have never seen so many potted flowers in my life.
The outside of the building is covered with potted plants as is the ceiling inside. There are even potted flowers in the hallway to the bathroom, and IN the bathroom stalls themselves. It’s pretty over the top which I loved of course.
To get around town, we purchased an Oyster Card for the London Underground right when we arrived which was very useful. You can hop on and off the tube or a double-decker red bus at any time without having to purchase separate tickets for each trip. It was very convenient!
Big Ben at dusk is spectacular. We wandered around Westminster Abbey and walked through St. James Park for a nighttime peek of Buckingham Palace.
We made our way towards Covent Garden and stumbled upon Byron Proper Burgers and we were so happy we did. Their burgers are delicious! We were too full to try a milkshake but everyone around us was drinking one and they looked divine. Next time!
See Part Two of our London adventure here!
Photography by Cassie Winslow by Nicholas Winslow