Girlfriends Guide to London Part II
We kicked off Day 2 by exploring our adorable neighborhood of Kensington. The photo above is the exterior of the building of our AirBNB (!!!) Can I move in now please? My friend Kate found the flat we stayed in and it was the best jumping off point we could have had. We were right around the corner from Jenn's flat and within close proximity to cute cafes, shops (including TK Maxx haha!), the tube, and Meghan's new abode aka Kensington Palace and Gardens.
We grabbed a quick breakfast and took endless shots of the charming shops, pubs...well pretty much everything. I'm not sure why I'm always fascinated with the entryway of buildings but it seemed every door in London is a place I'd like to call home!
We meandered over across the Thames to The Shard. The Shard is currently the tallest building in the EU standing at 95 stories. It is home to 32 companies, 10 luxury apartments, 3 restaurants, and a hotel. Lucky for us, they have also the highest viewing gallery in London called The View from The Shard. Jenn booked us tickets ahead of time (which I would highly recommend because the line on our way out was crazy!) and we made our way up to the viewing decks. The first deck begins on floor 69 and is a 3 story indoor deck complete with a bar and 360 degree views of the city. Bonus, our ticket came with a glass of champagne each so we could take in the sights and cheers while doing so! Some of us needed it just to get the courage to walk up to glass walls and look down!! Apparently, you can see for 40 miles on a clear day.
We ventured up to the 2nd viewing deck which was partially outdoors. It was a bit chilly so I am glad we dressed for the occasion. We watched the sunset over London and then made our way down 2 sets of elevators.
Jenn wanted to make sure we fully immersed ourselves in all things British so we immediately headed off to "immerse" ourselves in pub culture. I swear it's a thing. We had a blast bopping in and out Jenn and her husband's favorite local pubs. Obviously, taking photos was a top priority but needless to say, it was a whole lot of fun.
Need to catch up? Check out Part I here. And stay tuned for Part III.