Not even 24 hours after we arrived back in London from our Christmas trip, we were standing at Heathrow Airport welcoming Dan’s brother and his wife to London for their first time. We planned a week FULL of activities with them . We were so excited to share our new life with them, and were so grateful that they were able to make it over here. We did A LOT in a week…so I’ll try and make sure I catch all of the important details 🙂
As soon as they arrived, we hopped on some rental bikes, and took a cruise down the Thames and over to St. Paul’s Cathedral to soak in the views of the city. The weather was beautiful, as it was 55 and sunny the whole day! After St. Paul’s, we walked over the Tower Bridge and along the south side of the river to see the sun start to set over the city.
That evening, we had a special dinner planned at our favourite restaurant, Duck and Waffle. It is the highest restaurant in London, so it is a treat for guests to soak in the gorgeous views of our city. After dinner, we checked out a prohibition style cocktail club, and were surprised with some amazing, quirky cocktails!
We set out for Windsor Castle. Windsor was a quick train ride out of the city. Windsor Castle is where the Queen goes on the weekends! The castle was beautiful! It is still hard to believe the royal life is real – it feels like a fairy tale! We did an audio tour of the castle then had a pub lunch and headed back to the city.
That evening we went to a Fulham football match! The stadium is so close to our flat, and Dan and I have been meaning to go to a match, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so! It was SO much fun! I’m hooked and am ready to be a full time Fulham supporter! And they won! Go Fulham! Or as Christine says, “Go Florham!”
Another busy day! We started off going to the Tower of London. This is one of the last tourist attractions Dan and I had left to see! We’d been saving it for Scott and Christine, because she was so excited to see the Crown Jewels! I loved the Tower! We got there right when it opened, so we were able to see everything without queuing at all! From the Crown Jewels, to the old torture chambers, everything was exciting. Can’t wait to take more visitors back (Dan and I got an annual membership ;)). After the tower, we did a lot of wandering around the city, showing them all the fun places we like to eat, shop and hang out at.
For dinner, we went to one of my FAVOURITE places, Dishoom! It is THE BEST Indian food in the city in my opinion 🙂 It’s right by my office, so I was able to show Scott & Christine around the area I work.
We were off to Dublin! After a long journey – I mean longg (train ride, flight delay, taxi….) – we made it!
After quickly dropping our bags off, we headed over to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting.
That evening, it was NEW YEARS EVE!!!! The four of us have made it a tradition to try and spend NYE together – and we’ve been able to do so a few times over the last years. We kicked off the night with dinner at the Vintage Cocktail Club. It was an intimate setting, with little candlelit tables in a dark room that was set behind an unmarked door. It was a lot of fun! Really cool cocktails and a yummy dinner set us off to a great start to the night. Afterwards, we went to our party in the Temple Bar area and danced the night away!
We didn’t want to waste any time, so we got up early (relatively for it being New Years day!) and headed for a traditional Irish breakfast. After filling up, we did some quick sightseeing before our flight back to London. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain, freezing cold, and very windy. So it was a very quick tour of Dublin 🙂
We had a lot to pack into their last day across the pond. We kicked it off with heading to one of my favourite places in the city – Borough Market! After filling up on some of the best local coffee’s and delicacies, we took Scott and Christine on a walking tour to hit the remaining sites.
On our last evening together, we decided to celebrate Scott’s 30th birthday. Even though it is a few weeks out, it will be almost 6 months until we get to see him again, so we figured it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate. Scott picked a Belgian restaurant and we all feasted on moules, frites and bier! We ended the fabulous evening reminiscing on our week together over a bottle of wine at London’s oldest wine bar, Gordon’s and then a stroll along the Millennium Bridge.
It was so hard to say goodbye on Sunday. We miss having family around so much! It was a week together that we will remember forever! Can’t wait until next time!
Recurring themes from our week together:
1 – SWEETS! Christine and I have a major sweet addiction – and we fed it all week long 🙂
2 – Sleeping on transport: we didn’t want to miss our other quality time together, so we made good use of our plane, taxi and train rides!
Love you Scott & Christine! Can’t wait for our next adventure together! xoxo