sharing more today from our trip to london last week! here’s the first post from our trip, if you missed it! in this post, there are photos from a few of our favorite spots we ate together, getting to see old friends from our DC days who moved to london shortly after we moved back to new york, an epic morning at the science museum (that museum was so so good!) and lots of random moments and photos from all over the area (i think we played at every playground london has to offer! lol.)
i’m that silly tourist who points out every red phone booth we pass the entire trip being all, “awww! look, another one! so cute!” haha. i was trying to think of what the equivalent might be here in new york that people might identify new york with, but i couldn’t think of any! yellow taxi cabs? rats running across the subway tracks? (that one was a joke!) i feel like the red phone booths are just so iconic and classic and fun!
st. mark’s mews in notting hill!
this is the face of someone who is exhausted and tired but so very happy to finally sit down to eat after surviving a super long day of exploring a new city with 3 kids and for some reason, this is a face josh and i make at each other a lot. it’s like our, “we got this???? …we got this!!!!” face. haha. i love him so much.
we loved our meal at wagamama. they had a good kids menu too and we ate so much it was crazy! we went to the one right at covent garden since we were just around the corner at the transport museum beforehand.
could not get over all the beautiful wisteria flowers everywhere!
these dear old friends from our DC days have called london home for the past few years! it was so great to catch up and see all the kids together and reminisce about those olden days when none of us had babies yet and we were basically babies ourselves. lol. so much has happened in the last several years, it’s wild. loved getting to see them and getting the kids together and do some fun things together with the locals. ;)
also, julie has the most darling instagram account called london is pink! and it’s the best eye candy account for all things pink around london! only felt right to get a photo together in front of something pink with ‘london is pink’ herself!
we had a great meal with the taylors at granger and co.! we maybe waited over an hour for a table (most of the kids were passed out asleep when we arrived so we didn’t mind the wait) and josh and i loved the soft shell crab, chorizo and kimchi fried rice with the poached egg. we split it and the ricotta pancakes, which were also delicious.
on one of our first nights in london, we walked by milk train and the line to go in was around the block. i was like, “i gotta know what they are waiting for, because it had to be some kind of really good treat, right?! apparently, it’s soft serve ice cream cones delivered on a cloud of cotton candy and we stopped by to try it a few days later when there wasn’t a line midday. it was very confusing in terms of how to eat it, but super pretty and fun to try something new! everyone just got regular cones sans cotton candy besides me and samson (he’s my boy! he knows a good treat when he sees one!).
riding on the top of a double decker bus! i got a few little videos during our trip that i will try to share soon because i don’t have any other pictures from the bus, but the videos on the bus are so fun! so stay tuned.
when you travel with a stroller and end up not really needing it. ;) (just kidding. i’m the biggest advocate out there for traveling with a stroller because we usually walk miles and miles everywhere and it’s nice for the kids to have a break sometimes and rest their little legs and feet as we explore together. also, stroller naps for the win! just always funny in those moments where you are pushing around an empty stroller and it’s like, whyyyyy.)
we spent a good part of our day at the science museum and i think we could have stayed the entire day if we’d had the time! that museum was incredible and all five of us loved it.
loved trying basically one of each of the sweet treats at ottolenghi. reminded me a lot of birdbath here in nyc.
sitting down on the steps near the river thames while the kids played and explored and just ran wild for a little bit! truth be told, all three kids fought over the same big stick here until josh broke it into three pieces for them. it was one of those moments where taking turns just wasn’t working out as well as we’d like so props to josh for finding a better solution. ;)
my tiny trumpeter!
i am not the biggest indian food lover (mostly because i am a wimp with spice), but per the recommendation of friends and instagram, we tried out dishoom and it was good! i wasn’t too adventurous with my dish and just got the chicken ruby, but i loved it and it reminded me of my old love for the fojol bros food truck in DC that always hit the spot. made me determined to try more indian food here in the city and be a little more adventurous with my ordering in the future!
london, you were so wonderful. thank you for all the incredible recommendations you all gave us during our time there. i am working on an updated post to share soon about our experiences traveling with little ones abroad and would love to share new tips and tricks we have learned along the way!
ps. a few posts from our time in the countryside of england: a day in oxford and turville, england, and catching trout and holding butterflies in bibury. also, visiting the slaughters and the farm park in england here!