Wednesday, December 21, 2016

London {Notting Hill, Borough Market & Somerset House Skating}

We were lucky enough to be in London on a Satuday, when all of the wonderful markets were open. We caught a quick bus from St. Ermin's to Notting Hill and spent hours perusing the antiques and knick-knacks along Portobello Road Market. The weather was fantastic, so it was absolutely packed on the streets. I had printed out a little self-guided walking tour of the area as well because I wanted to see Notting Hill in all of it's adorable cuteness.

Our lunch stop was all the way across town at Borough Market. If we thought Portobello Market was packed...holy cow, everyone was out at Borough Market! We grabbed some yummy fish and chips at Fish! Kitchen, a meat sandwich from Hobbs Meat Roast and some mulled wine and took a walk to catch a glimpse of Tower Bridge.

We walked all along the Queen's Walk on the Thames from the Globe Theatre to the Tate Modern. The Harry Potter nerds in us HAD to walk over the Millennium Bridge and combination of the chilly air, musicians and the smells of roasted nuts made it feel like Christmas. At the base of the bridge there was a Christmas Market as well! We spent a few hours exploring the Tate Modern. While there were a few great pieces, I just don't think we are modern art people. I did love the Andy Warhol and the Guerrilla Girls section!

After a little pick-me-up at the museum's cafe, we went to grab a quick ramen dinner at Wagamama. We had exciting plans though, so we couldn't linger long. I had booked us a 6:45pm timeslot for iceskating at Somerset House! This sold out over a month in advance, so I would absolutely advise getting tickets as soon as your know your plans.

This was probably the best thing we did on our entire trip. We had an hour long skate in the middle of a beautiful courtyard. The whole event is sponsored by Fortnum and Mason, so the tree was decked out accordingly. They even had a little Christmas village set up inside with plenty of goodies for purchase.

Press play below to watch a little video of our skate!

After a fabulous day, we headed back to our hotel for a nightcap (or two) and called it a night!

Up Next: Our last day in London. We walked around Regent Park, Camden Market, saw all things Sherlock, had a delicious high tea at Sketch and ended our trip with Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

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