• Lauren Gewirtz

48 hours in london

Hello! I'm not sure where to even begin other than by saying that London is amazing and if you ever get the chance, you should go.

While on my study abroad, a few of my friends and I decided to go to London for two days during our free weekend. Friday morning we got up just before 6am, got ready, finished packing our backpacks, and we were off to the train station!

We took the Eurostar from Paris to London and it was fantastic with lots of space, bathrooms and even a café on board. Upon arriving, we hopped off the train and bought a day ticket for London's Metro, also called the Tube. Taking the Tube a few stops, we hopped off still with backpacks on to walk to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards.

Afterwards, we still had time to kill before checking into our hotel, so we went to the famous Abbey Road, home to Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles and many other great music artists have recorded albums. The weather was perfect and we were all smiles as traffic stopped for people to walk across what looked like just an average crosswalk.

We then checked into our hotel, charged up the phones and headed back out to see Big Ben and the London Eye. Big Ben was under heavy construction, so that was not so great to see. The Eye was cool, but at a price of 33 pounds per person to take a ride, we decided against it and instead went to Picadilly Circus.

Shopping around, people-watching and lots of laughing engulfed the rest of our evening as we eventually ended up in Carnaby which is a really unique area in London with lots of little streets that are home to brand-name and local shops along with bars and restaurants that host 20-50 people outside of them on a Friday night.

Saturday morning, we slept in and got breakfast at Bloomsbury Coffee House which was in the space just below our hotel. I had french toast and an oat milk latte -- something that I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss while in Paris.

We then went to see Queen Elizabeth II's birthday celebration which was easily the biggest birthday celebration I've ever semi-attended. Also, her birthday is actually April 21, but she's the Queen so I guess she celebrates whenever she wants.

Our train back to Paris did not leave until after 5pm, so we spent some time sitting on the grass in Green Park, a beautiful open park just down a path from Buckingham Palace. It was another perfect day at about 75 degrees and sunny.

We then headed back to the train station and finally made it back to Paris. I guess it wasn't quite 48 hours in London, but we did so much that it sure felt like it.

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