Landed at London Gatwick Airport. The flight from Dublin was super short, but we also had to be awake at like 4:30 am to catch our 7am flight. Brutal!
Caught the Gatwick Express into London and immediately headed to The Hoxton in Shoreditch. But, not without a few bumps in the road.
Me: “Oh I love how easy the Tube is to navigate.”
Those were the last words I spoke before we ended up on the wrong train twice and spent about 30 extra minutes back-tracking our steps. It was insanely embarrassing guys! Proof that mistakes happen even as an experienced traveler, and one who’s been to London on several occasions. Let’s just say my boyfriend did not let me live down my initial words…
We checked in to our room at The Hoxton and were floored by how gorgeous it was! What was even more impressive was the amazing atmosphere. There was a coffee bar, a real bar, two cozy areas with fireplaces, a restaurant, a reading area, a photo booth, and a few ‘work’ areas for the clearly ambitious. The place was packed for Monday and we adored the lively atmosphere.
Yelled at my boyfriend to not touch anything in the room. Realized that bloggers must seem like such demanding people. Realized that bloggers are demanding people… Apologized…
At this point, we headed out to find some coffee and
breakfast lunch. The Grind was on my list as a must visit and we just happened to see it on the way in with it being just off the Tube. We got to The Grind and it was packed with people. Luckily we found a cute marble table (I wouldn’t settle for anything less), and then I proceeded to take a million photos. I ordered a fried chicken sandwich and it was so delicious. The coffee was amazing too, but more to come in a separate review!
Next it was out for some touristy adventures! Since my boyfriend had never been to London before, I had to take him to see all the famous sights. First we went to see the Tower Bridge, and it was absolutely freezing being off the water. I had to run into a store to buy gloves because my hands were so frozen that I couldn’t even pick up my camera. Basically, our time at the bridge didn’t last very long. I got a single photo and then we bounced.
We then hit Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and Parliament. Unfortunately, Big Ben was under construction.
By this time we were literally frozen to death. It was a whopping 30 degrees Fahrenheit in London that day, and we decided that the walk to Buckingham Palace wasn’t worth it. We grabbed an Uber and praised modern technology.
Via Uber, we arrived at my favorite coffee shop in the entire world: Kaffeine. I had a cappuccino and I convinced my boyfriend to have an espresso like I joke I’ve been doing for the last five years! Again, a review to come on this shortly.
We arrived back at The Hoxton, eager and ready for dinner. Typically we would have gone out for dinner, but I was really craving a healthy salad, which was far too basic to venture out into the cold for. So we ended up having dinner at The Hoxton. Dinner was absolutely fantastic for both of us and I’m so glad we ended up eating there.
By this time, we were exhausted. Having just flown into Dublin the day before, and then out to London with not much sleep, I needed my sleep more than ever. And a hot shower.
I passed out post-shower. The two gins from dinner helped too.