Our second day in London was one of my favorite London days ever. We started out with a wander through the Seven Dials neighborhood of central London - and found the best almond croissant of all time! - before heading out to Greenwich and the Royal Observatory. The weather was perfect, too.
The Seven Dials is a neighborhood of shopping and restaurants in central London, right near our hotel on High Holborn. It quickly became one of my favorite spots in London! Cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture, tons of cute shops and cafes, and little alleyways with hidden gardens and pubs. We set out from our hotel with a hankering for a latte and a pastry from Monmouth Coffee in that area, and oh. my. god the almond croissant we had was the best I’ve ever tasted! I posted a picture about it on my Instagram, and I had friends respond, “OH MY GOSH, WE HAVE HAD THAT CROISSANT, TOO, AND IT’S AMAZING!” So, add that to your list. I’m already dreaming of returning.
We had a lot of free time in the morning to wander, and it was so pleasant and refreshing to slow down and enjoy the moment. We would get to a crossroads, and ask each other, “how about left?” or “what if we tried going down this street?” and just followed our fancies. Before we knew it, we had explored this wonderful little neighborhood, and had ended up at Covent Garden!
From Covent Garden, it was time to head over to Greenwich and the Royal Observatory. We hopped on the Tube, and had fun navigating our way there. Greenwich is a bit outside of London, and it was cool to get out of the city, and see a new area. In the future, I really want to explore more of the cities just outside of London. A friend of mine lives in Hitchin’, and of course, I want to visit Oxford and Cambridge!
We had a great time in Greenwich exploring the town, the Maritime museum at the Royal Navy College, and the Royal Observatory. We didn’t see the need in paying to get into the gated, photo-op area for the prime meridian, because we could literally stand on the same line just outside the gates, haha! We snapped a (very windy!) photo of the momentous occasion when we were simultaneously in two hemispheres.
After our time in Greenwich, we took a riverboat cruise on the Thames back to London, and it was really fun! There weren’t many tourists on the boat until the Tower of London stop (and then they packed in like sardines), and it was a nice break from all the walking and the Tube. We got to see some cool sites from a different vantage point, too.
For people considering a trip to London, we used City Cruises, and liked it! Then we got off at Westminster, and it was easy to jump back on the train. Their commentary was a bit old school (read: subtly sexist) at times, but overall, it’s worth the money in my book.