Four Days in England

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson Earlier this winter I had a pretty rough week. It was one of those weeks where everything was going wrong and I felt like I deserved a vacation. A couple of my good friends moved to London a few months earlier so I thought what a perfect place to take off to for a few days and unwind.  Taking the night flight out of Edmonton, my boyfriend and I arrived in London, England at 9:30 am local time (middle of the night for us). Powering through the jet lag, we arrived at our friends place then proceeded to The Stanhope Arms, a traditional British pub located in Chelsea. I have heard all the ways to beat jet lag: drink water, avoid caffeine, avoid alcohol, eat a light meal, set your clocks to the local time, etc. Those can help, but I chose to do it my way: just power through the day. After consuming a Full English Breakfast, consisting of eggs, beans, toast, grilled tomatoes, and bacon plus downing a couple pints, the four of us were off. I have been to London before, but my boyfriend hadn't, so we decided to walk through Hyde Park towards the Thames. We visited the main tourist sites like Big Ben, Parliament Buildings, and Westminster Abbey then decided to take a break at a pub before visiting the Tower Bridge.

We stopped at the Banker Mansion House, located on the north bank of the Thames, between Southwark Bridge and London Bridge. It is a comfortable, cozy pub; perfect for a relaxing night or catching up with friends. Sit next to the window and you can look out on to the Thames. Our quick break turned into an all night drinking affair. We never made it to the Tower Bridge that night, but we did beat our jet lag!

We visited some amazing places while in London. There is a market called Borough Market, located right next to the London Bridge underground stop. If you are in London, you should definitely take a few hours to hit up this place. The Borough Market is one of the most renowned food markets. There is everything from local British food to international delights. In the Christmas season, mulled wine is served everywhere. You can fill up a cup of sweet, warm, spiced wine and walk through the covered outdoor market, sampling French cheese, German meats, infused olive oils, and local cuisines. There is wine sampling, where you are more than welcome to fill up your glass with Prosecco, Cabernet, or rosé for only a few English Pounds.

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Drinking Prosecco at the Borough Market

If you have the chance, visit Covent Garden. There are tons of shops, restaurants, pubs, markets, and events here. During the Christmas season there is a 60 ft tree lit up with thousands of lights, massive decorations that appear to be floating above the crowds, and Christmas lights, dangled throughout. It is easily one of the most beautiful and festive places to be around Christmas. Hanging out with my British friend, it was the perfect place to catch up, enjoy some drinks, and enjoy the festivities.

For our fourth and final day, we decided to visit the seaside town of Brighton. All morning we contemplated between visiting Oxford and Brighton. We decided to go to the train station to see how much the tickets were and when the trains left. Then we would decide where to go. Tickets to Brighton turned out to be fairly cheap, but we only had a couple of minutes before the train left. Running through the station, we made it on the train 30 seconds before it departed!  Travelling through the English countryside, medieval castles are scattered throughout fields and small villages, before the landscape changes to coastal. Arriving in Brighton, we walked the cobblestone streets to the ocean. It was a beautiful sun-filled, but chilly day. We explored the Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, and the small historic streets, before catching our train back to London.

It was a quick, but brilliant trip. In four days, we visited historic landmarks, sampled local foods, drank real ales and mulled wines, and visited with some amazing friends. It was exactly what I needed.

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Brighton Pier

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About Kait C (88 Articles)
I'm working on see the entire world, one country at a time…31 down, 165 to go. Currently in Berlin.

2 Comments on Four Days in England

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit London and your post gave me great ideas on what to do if I get there. Thanks!

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