Honeymoon Pt. 1 ➮ London Town
Hi. Hello. Hola! Bonjour! It's Nick. About to blog your faces off. Prepare yourself. Deep breaths. And away.. we...... go...
So here we are, back in the cozy living room of our home in Los Angeles. We can't even believe the two weeks we've had. It went by so quickly, jam-packed with so many activities, I've gotta figure out where to start with all this. First off, this trip was a long time coming and something I always wanted to do with Jenna since our early inception of being a couple. She had never been across the pond and I wanted to be that person to introduce her properly.
But, to be honest, as a touring musician for over a decade, I've gotten very little time to be a "tourist" - to really immerse myself in other cultures for extended periods of time.
So really, this was an introduction to truly being overseas for the both of us . Jenna is an incredibly smart, efficient, professional traveler (whether she admits it or not), so I was fortunate enough to be alongside a woman who knows what she's doing. Thanks, wife!
London was our first stop on a 14 day journey!
I've always loved London and I knew Jenna was going to love it, as well. We had a nonstop flight that lasted 10 hours -- surprisingly, wasn't as bad as anticipated. Watching movies the whole time is the key. Master tip right there. We had the pleasure of staying at the QBIC Hotel for our first half of the London run. It was a two thumbs up from me. They proudly promote themselves as being the "Greenest London Hotel" and I must say that I agree on all fronts. A very modern, forward thinking spot with an awesome restaurant, quirky quotes on the elevator walls, and one of the coolest rooms I've ever stayed in, personally. The room had a bunch of really cool trinkets and a rain shower that I now want in our house. The free espresso on our floor right outside our door was a nice plus, too. Fun fact: I drank so much espresso on the trip, I defied science by not having a heart attack. True Life: I'm Addicted To Espresso.
Our first outdoor adventure was the Coca-Cola London Eye!
Why I had never been there after all the numerous times of touring through London is beyond me. I had been told in the past by some people that it's too "tourist'y" or a tourist trap, but after visiting there, I can safely say those people will be cut out of my life for not knowing me well enough to know that I would love it as much as I did. Although a bit terrifying when you see the size of this thing when you get close to it (.. that's what she said), it's a highly recommended spot to check out if you've never been, or considering to check out. Jenna really enjoyed getting a full glimpse of London at over 400 feet above ground. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to hop on while the sun was going down -- also, highly recommended.
One thing we really wanted to do on our trip was try to visit as many museums as humanly possible. We stopped by Tate Modern for part of the day, which was... different. Was hoping for more works from artists we thought were going to be on display, but it is what it is. We did see a room that was full of stuffed, oversized potato things... Don't ask. You can find extra photos/outtakes here on our blog where the potatoes are featured...
If you follow us and/or the blog, you know that we're big fans of aquariums, so we made our way to the London SEA LIFE Aquarium that was actually next to The London Eye. Good tip: You can save money by buying the tickets online in advance and for multiple attractions in that general area. Don't buy them the day of. Anyways, back to the aquarium -- London knows what they're doing when it comes to aquariums and doing it up big. Their shark exhibit was one of the best I've personally seen at any aquarium we've visited in the past. And there's penguins.. Sassy, ready-to-mate penguins. I'm always a fan of the jellyfish, myself. In any event, Jenna & I were big fans of the London SEA LIFE Aquarium. A definite must on the London to-do list. We finished off the day by walking through St. James Park, admiring beautiful pigeons -- I know! Who would've thought pigeons would ever be beautiful?! They are in London. Sassy, ready-to-mate pigeons. St. James Park is conveniently located by Buckingham Palace! What an incredible sight. Was hoping to meet the Queen, but she must've not gotten my text that we were cruising through. So we took dorky pictures (aka Jenna channeling her inner Spice Girls impressions), admired the scenery, and ended our night eating oysters in a back alley of London -- yes, it was awesome.
We had one more day of adventures before heading to Paris, but later ending in London for more days, which we'll get to. One day at a time, guys! Chill out.
Jenna is amazing at the social media game and gathering up info on little gems of places that we should check out. Awhile back, she showed me this spot to get afternoon tea at that was a massive pink room, decorated in tons of art from David Shrigley, with restrooms that looked like little alien pods. So, yeah.. Of course I'm down. This quirky, rad spot is called Sketch. From the moment you walk into this unassuming building, I immediately felt like I was entering something out of Alice In Wonderland -- from the entrance, to the coat check, to the tea room itself -- it's definitely an experience to try at least once. It's essentially a prix fixe menu, but you get to pick the tea(s) you want to drink based on your personal tastes and then the Alice In Wonderland vibes kick back in when they bring out a multi-tiered platter full of different bite sized eats ranging from sandwiches to sweets to desserts. It really is a piece of art when it comes out -- you almost don't want to touch anything. But damn, everything was delicious! An amazing group of violin & cello players played towards the end of our almost 2 hour afternoon tea endeavor. We felt very debonair consuming tea, random treats, and some caviar. As weird as it sounds, we were looking forward to checking out this crazy restroom we've seen on Instagram, trying to understand exactly what it's all about. It was what I thought it was. A massive room full of egg-shaped looking alien pods that you go to the bathroom in. Is it awesome? Yes. Do I now want an alien pod to go to the bathroom everyday in? Yes. They're dark inside, very clean, and there was very relaxing music playing while you do your thing. All in all, add this place to your to-do list. Make sure you book in advance since it's a popular place.
After our afternoon tea, we got lost in a shopping endeavor at Primark. What a dangerous place, in the best way possible. Then we ended our night seeing The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, which was something we've been wanting to see together, as we've both been fans since we were young. To be able to experience that together meant a lot to me. It was a beautiful production, the performances were spot on, and a perfect way to end the beginning of our trip in London.
We had to be up early the following day, check out of our hotel, and catch the Eurostar train to Paris where we had LOTS of adventures planned, including a trip to the European Happiest Place on Earth...
Thanks for keeping up with us, our travels, our endeavors.. We are the dorkiest people in the world, so thanks for putting up with our shenanigans. Hopefully you find some entertainment out of it. Much love to you guys.
So many of you guys have asked us to share more specific portions of our trip which we will absolutely be sure to do. If you have any questions, comments or thoughts, be sure to share them below in the comment section.