#HardysOnHoliday: London


Today I’m finally going to share about Zack and I’s honeymoon! We squeezed in A LOT in 7 days (+ 2 travel days) so I’m breaking this up into a few posts starting with our visit to LONDON

This was my first time visiting London and Zack’s first time out of the country! When planning our trip, I knew we wouldn’t be able to do everything, so we both picked out our top attractions and planned our days accordingly. I’m a planner, so, yes, there was a daily itinerary, and, yes, I bought all our tickets and booked everything ahead of time. (This meant skipping all ticket lines during our trip so less of our day was waisted just waiting around.) And no, I didn’t plan every second out. I left time each day for us to just wander around and explore. . .which is when you tend to discover some of the best parts of the city!

Day 1: By the time we landed in London and took the Underground to our hotel, it was about 2pm. Jet lag was definitely kicking in, but we knew we couldn’t succumb, so we bundled up and headed out to explore for the evening. We made our way to Tower Bridge and wandered down the streets close to the water front and around the Tower of London until we found our way into a cozy pub (I’ll be doing an entire post on how we ate our way through Europe). After a warm meal and a couple hard ciders, we made our way back to the hotel and crashed.

Day 2: It was our first full day in London, and we were ready to take on the city. Our first stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was breathtaking inside and out. We climbed up the dome, and I pushed Zack to his limits (several times on this trip actually. . .he’s not a fan of heights), but he made it, and the view was absolutely worth it.

On our way to lunch, we snapped a picture on the Millennium Bridge (because Harry Potter). We had Afternoon Tea at Harrods then spent the rest of the evening making our way back across the city with stops at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

Day 3: We toured the Tower of London (highlight was definitely seeing the Crown Jewels) then took a lift to the top of the Tower Bridge where we not only got another incredible view of London, but we could walk across a glass floor that looked down onto the road and river below.

After lunch we went to King’s Cross Station to check out Platform 9 3/4 (again, Harry Potter). From there we spent the rest of our last evening in London wandering down the streets and admiring the incredible city around us.

Final thoughts: Yes, London in January is cold, but we were prepared (lots of layers + hand warmers + cups on cups of hot tea). And we really lucked out with the weather. . .only one morning with a light rain. The plus side to visiting in January? It’s off-season which meant smaller crowds. Would I visit again? Absolutely. It was a beautiful city with so much more I’d love to do + see.

Stay tuned to hear about the rest of our honeymoon as we explored Rome + Florence.

XO – Courtney

















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