In the beginning of May, my sister and I spent a few days in Paris (you can read about what we did here and what we ate here). On our way home, we had a 24-hour layover in London, and we tried to make the most of it.
We had planned on visiting the British Museum or getting afternoon tea before going on a sightseeing bus tour. But…it took FOREVER to get through customs. By the time we checked in at the hotel, the museum was closed and afternoon tea was no longer being served. So, we quickly freshened up and headed out to catch a sightseeing bus.
Unfortunately, the buses didn’t run as long into the evening as I thought they did, and we weren’t able to get in a full loop. Fortunately, a very nice bus driver let us on the bus anyway, so we at least go to see the highlights! The tour had a live guide, who kept us quite entertained.
Normally, I would not recommend a sightseeing bus because of how expensive they are. Public transit in London is SO easy to navigate. There’s no reason to pay so much money for the tour bus. BUT. Since we we essentially only had the evening to sightsee, we thought it was worth it to try to fit as much in as we could.
We stayed at the same hotel hubs and I did when we visited a few years ago – Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley. It’s clean, comfortable, and in a great location, right off the Holborn stop on the Picadilly line. PS – can we talk about transport from the airport? Don’t be fooled into taking the Express train or feel like you need to take a taxi. The blue line of the Underground goes straight to the airport for like 5 pound. It took us about 45 minutes, which was way easier than taking the Express train and having to connect on different lines to get there. That’s what hubs and I did last time, and it took at least as long.
Anyway, I knew about a good restaurant from our last visit there, Bill’s. We had dinner and breakfast there, and I would definitely recommend trying it. A local told us about it when we were there before, and I always trust the locals!
We wished we had more time in London since there were obviously so many more things to see. I guess we’ll just have to go back 😉