As many of you know, I am studying in Florence this semester (February to May)! My dad and I decided to make a trip out of it, and we first went through London. We flew the absolute cheapest way possible, which is definitely an option for those who are interested. I believe we paid close to $200 a person for our flights to London one way, which is really quite affordable. We kept laughing, though, because our low prices were EARNED. We flew from Austin to Vegas, Vegas to OSLO, NORWAY, and then Oslo to London. The flights were exhausting, and the Oslo flight was actually hilarious. We had to walk outside and get on a bus in the literally freezing cold, where it was raining/snowing, and then go get on our plane. The plane, by the way, did not recline, even have tray tables, or offer free drinks. Also, serious disclaimer- most of the flights we had to pay a lot of extra for my luggage. Normally, we would have been fine, but we had 4 suitcases, two of which were overweight. So when booking cheap flights, make sure the luggage fees won’t get you.
Once we go to London, we stayed in an Airbnb in South Kensington. Huge mistake- we got off the train from the airport to our place one stop too early and had to take an hour and a half uber. Oops. That night, we had the BEST pizza that I have had so far in Europe. Yes, that includes Italy! Our Airbnb host recommended Franco Manca, which we walked to, and it was absolutely amazing. I had a cheese pizza with goat cheese, artichoke, and tomato on it. It seemed that the employees were Italian, so maybe that explains it. Both me and my dad could not speak highly enough of this place, so definitely go if you are looking for good pizza in that area.
After sleeping, we woke up early to go hit the tourist spots of London. First, we went to the Tower of London and walked across the bridge. The tower is really incredible, but we did not have time to go in. I do remember going in when I was a child, and being amazed, so for sure do that if you have time! After that, we met one of my friends from Belmont, Micaela! We met at Westminster Abbey and did a short walk through. People varying from Charles Darwin to famous queens are buried there, so that is worth a look. We also ventured over to Buckingham Palace, which is beautiful. The gates and the general area are very cool to look at. Finally, we went to the London Eye for a ride. Sadly, there was quite a line and we were unaware that the ride takes 40 minutes! So we left to the train station that was taking us to Paris. We were bummed that we did not really get a good look at Big Ben, but it was being cleaned so it was harder to see and we ran out of time for other things. London is not my favorite place to visit, but I want to go back just to see some of the things I missed this time around. Comment your favorite things to do in London below!
(My cute sunnies are from Beehive Boutique !)