Honeymoon Pt. 4 ➮ Hello again, lovely London!
Wondering why we're talking about London again?
It's because we went there TWICE! Nick and I started our honeymoon in London, then traveled to Paris, and went back to London for the remainder of our stay! We spend a total of a week in each city, which means that we ended our trip with 4 days in London! In other words, we did SO much more and still have a ton to tell you guys!
So after taking the Eurostar from Paris back to London, we ran in the rain to King's Cross Station ( across the street from St. Pancras where our train dropped us) to visit the REAL Platform 9 3/4! We waited in line to take our photo ( which was awesomely hilarious ) where we acted like we were about to run through the wall onto the Hogwarts Express train platform. Obviously, we felt compelled to buy our embarrassing photo. These goofy memories tend to make us laugh and smile the most years later... and after all, they also tend to show the real us!
If you ever find yourself in London, we truly could not recommend staying with Ace more than we do! We decided immediately upon our arrival that we'd absolutely be returning to this hotel again on our future trips to London, because oh. my. goodness... it was one of the best hotels we have ever had the pleasure of staying at!
Check-in was a FUN experience, simply because of the spectacular staff and warm environment! Everything at the Ace is very hip and modern. Upon entering our room, we were so surprised and flattered to see a bottle of champagne and a card from Ace, congratulating us on our marriage/honeymoon! THANK YOU, ACE!!!!
Another big win that comes along with staying at the Ace London Shoreditch is the attached restaurant - Hoi Polloi - the stunning rooftop bar, oh and not to mention the incredibly hip and exciting neighborhood that it's in, Shoreditch! Nick and I really wish we had some more extra time to explore Shoreditch but not to worry, we absolutely plan on returning! ;)
Oh yeah, AND depending upon what room you get, you can get have Martin guitar and record player with a bunch of random vinyls to give a spin! The records are all purchased from a local record shop. This hotel is all about community, sustainability and supporting the neighborhood it's a part of!
Nick couldn't help but drool over the beautiful guitar in our room. I shared the sentiment despite my long nails. ( insert broken heart emoji here! ) He likes to sing made-up songs to me at home while I'm doing my makeup every morning, so it was very fitting that there was a guitar available for both our entertainment and it also made us feel so very at home!
We had arrived in London on a rainy evening, so we didn't have all too much planned for the remainder of the day. As it was now the evening and we had our hearts set on winding down, Nick and I happily ran across the street to a phō restaurant to fill out tummies with our most favorite soup!
The next day we started early - enjoying an "English Proper" breakfast in Hoi Polloi along with a few shots of espresso, of course. We set off for the British Museum to see their specialty exhibit on the American Pop Art movement and screen printing (one of Nick's real passions).
This exhibit was by far the most amazing thing we saw at the British Museum. Every piece felt so special and relevant to the world we are living in today. Nick and I wandered through this smaller exhibit for at least an hour, maybe two.
The rest of the museum was filled with an endless number of pieces of history, including Cleopatra's mummy - which inspired me to buy a book about her and her incredible life.
After spending the majority of the day wandering the many halls and rooms of the British Museum, we hopped in an uber to visit Abbey Road and Abbey Road Studios!
We wish we could say that seeing Abbey Road as it is today wasn't totally heartbreaking...
People have ruined a really wonderful place. Every wall, stone, sidewalk, pole, etc. is entirely covered in graffiti. I'd guess they tried to paint over everything a handful of times and just finally give up. All the "PT+RF 4EVR" and "Julie was here!" or "JOHN PAUL GEORGE AND RINGO 4 LYFE" (among other unintelligent things) scribbled in permanent marker, crayon, lipstick and who even knows what is now covering every inch of the outer studio grounds wall. They even set up a whole fleet of security cameras and signs mentioning the legal penalties at hand for those attempting to climb over the gate and onto the property. Abbey Road has been truly disrespected by its visitors for many years. It broke our hearts to see it this way.
The famous Beatles street crosswalk is even more disappointing. It's on a horribly busy road, with many buses, cars, taxis and bikes flying by with no patience for the idiot tourists standing out in the middle of heavy, quickly moving traffic, intentionally blocking the street. You really cannot blame the locals. We, as tourists, felt irritated by the swarms of inconsiderate and oblivious visitors all around us. Nick and I didn't bother snapping a photo of our own crossing, because that would have been an awful idea, and quite possibly a death wish.
Needless to say, we don't recommend paying this spot a visit.
The following day, we took a Behind-The-Scenes tour of the Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers film studio outside of London!!! (Queue the confetti!) That day is going to have it's own post, so stay tuned because you don't want to miss it!
On our last full day of our trip, we went to the Tower of London!
SO many people recommended this to us and they were sooooo right about it! The Tower of London has been around since the late 1000's and you can feel the history surrounding you as you walk around.
Nick and I both were so fascinated by the Beefeaters and that they actually LIVE at the Tower of London! How cool! The Tower has served many purposes but one of the most surprising purposes, in our opinion, was that it houses the Crowned Jewels! We were immediately intrigued by all that we were able to learn about the Crowned Jewels and the Monarchy itself as we walked through the Tower which holds the Jewels. We've even gone on to continue our search for understanding it all on a deeper level! Unfortunately, photos are not allowed in any of the buildings storing the Jewels but I wish you all could understand how incredible the collection and history of the Crowned Jewels are!
As it was told to us by so many friends, we will tell it to you...
If you find yourself visiting the city, go tour the Tower of London!
One last note about our time in London... WE LOVE PRIMARK. If you don't know what it is, look it up and thank us later.
The next day, we flew home to Los Angeles already plotting our next return to Europe and the U.K.
Thank you guys again so very much for following along with us on our many adventures. The day at The Making of Harry Potter blog recap will be coming along very shortly. It will also be accompanied by some video! YES! We're going to start incorporating more videos for you all to enjoy!
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