The count down is officially on. When we touched down in London, we had 29 days left of our little detour around the world and man, we felt the reality of that for the first time.
First off, some friends we made at the very beginning of our trip are currently settled in London, so we had the chance to catch up and hang out. Second, some Montrealers & Calgarians also happen to be in the area so catching up with them had us thinking and reminiscing about home.
Lastly, we have planned almost every day left on the trip which is has been strange since we typically don’t plan more than 2–3 days in advance. But with just a few things left to see, and with timings we need to align… things started to feel real.
We spent a lot of time in London with awesome people, and saw a ton of stuff that we’ve always previously seen on the TV.
Our first night in London was a total treat. Elliot, a friend from Montreal was randomly in town for work the same time as us. We had no idea he was here until our Instagram stories were posted (the most millennial thing ever…👻) .
Elliot joined us for a drink and we introduced him to our awesome friends Chris and Breezy who we met in Nicaragua at the start of our trip in Nicaragua.
Chris spoiled us to a beautiful dinner in South Bank and needless to say, we had way too much fun.
After an amazing dinner, we went out on the town to explore by night!
We walked until we found the filming place of the Kingsman club. You can tell by our faces, we were super stoked to be here.
The next morning we went out for a solid english breakie.
This tower is known as“Big Ben”, but Big Ben is only referring to the bell inside. It’s actually called the Elizabeth Tower and like the rest of our trip in Europe, this major attraction was under construction… so we got to enjoy the scaffolding.
We’ve been lucky to have our friends help us plan our trips :) Asking for recommendations on Facebook helped us find Borough Market and we got awesome treats for our walk around town.
Next day we went to Westminster Abby. It was definitely a highlight of our time in London.
The Westminster Abbey is most famous for it’s royal weddings, coronations of kings and queens, and the burial place for many historical figures.
This was located in one of the oldest areas of the Abbey, dating back almost to the foundation of the Norman church by Edward the Confessor in 1065.
We paid the 22 pounds per person to walk around and it was so worth it.
I pulled these pictures from their website since you are not allowed to take photos inside the building. There is so much stone work and memorials that if everyone uses their flash camera, it would destroy what is left.
We decided to check out the Parliament building, but it was closed for tours. The guard asked us if we wanted to attend as General Public in a actual debate which was super cool and we took him up on the opportunity.
On night #2, we caught up with some Mount Royal (MRU) classmates! From Calgary to London they’ve been living out here the last year. We also caught up with a friend we made in Montreal, Nicole, who also just moved out there to plant some new roots for her career.
Its super interesting to catch up with expats and listen to their stories about moving away from home. We also talked about travel, work and anything else fun that came to mind.
Magic was in the air as we got to King Cross station. There is a platform 9 3/4 sign you can pose with and a shop you can get a wand from. We wanted to go to the Harry Potter studio outside of London but the thing is sold out for the next 3 months!!! We hardly plan 3 days ahead let alone 3 months…
Then it was time to catch up with our buddy Grant who we promised to from day one of our trip that we would come and visit. He is a good friend and co-worker from our PasswordBox days is killing it out here in London at a new startup called Beamery. He showed us around his new digs and then took us to the best pasta place down the street. It was delicious ❤