London, London, London. This city resembles Manhattan in its hustle and bustle, its old architecture, and its hipster pop-ups. I spent an entire day walking the city from front to back (with a few short subway rides during the rain). I started my day with a reservation (thanks to a sweet friend who knew this was needed) at the Sky Garden. It is the highest public garden in London and the views of the city are truly breathtaking. I highly recommend this on your day in London.
Next up was Big Ben. It is like the Statue of Liberty, something you just have to do despite having to deal with large crowds of tourists. The Parliament Building and Westminster Abby are literally on the same block which makes this stop worth it. I really enjoyed exploring just outside of this area and walking along the parks.
After such a tourist experience, it only made since to visit the hipster part of the city. I jumped on the subway and found myself in a truly unique part of town, the Shoreditch Neighborhood. This turned out to be my favorite area of London. From the Box Park pop-up mall to the Spitalfields Market to the vintage shops, this area of town is truly a gem.
By far the coolest experience while in London was visiting Buckingham Palace! Read more from my time there below!
Here are a few shots from my (princess) day in: London
WHERE'S PRINCE HARRY?
The single greatest thing that happened to me in 2015 might have happened to me on this day in London. Ever since I was a little girl, I really wanted to see Buckingham Palace. To be honest, I am not sure where this desire came from (I blame Disney). As I walked up to the Buckingham Palace fence, I noticed dozens of people walking straight into the Palace, and I immediately started walking faster approaching these people trying to figure out how they were getting into the Palace. I was fully prepared to break into whatever event was happening if need be. I would break whatever law was necessary to sneak in.
Then, there it was. Just like that. A formal line to pay for a ticket to go into the Palace. Wait! What! I had no idea this opportunity even existed. I came to learn that the royals open up the palace grounds to tourists every year for a short period of time, and I had happened upon this experience on its very last day. No laws broken. Check. Headset on. Check. Looking like the epitome of a tourist. Check.
I dove right in and truly loved this experience. Buckingham Palace was everything I thought it would be and more. You are not allowed to take pictures once inside the palace. And, I did not dare try to sneak snots. I was not going to get kicked out of this Palace situation I was now a part of. In total, I toured 16 rooms seeing everything from the Royal art collection to their gold, yes, gold china used for state dinners. The entire afternoon was magical.
Turns out, being a royal looks awesome; and, while my aunt called me her princess my entire life, this was the day that I found out that I am in fact most certainly not a princess. Yeah, I saw how a princess lives; and, I am definitely not one of them... at least... not yet. Prince Harry hit a girl up will ya. Ok. I know. I am married. So, I am just kidding... mostly.