In December, the stud muffin proposed we plan a trip to Europe. Needless to say, I was in. The catch? We would be leaving 2 days later and we would be traveling on points, so our itinerary was in the hands of the award flight gods. Which in our case, meant if we wanted to go from London to Paris (which we did) our time in London would be short. So, we were dedicated to fit in as much of London as our jet-lagged bodies could handle in 36 hours.
We landed at around noon and used the subway and train to get to our hotel. We checked in and took a short little cat nap before venturing out into the city. After a dinner of fish and chips, we hit up Big Ben (the views are great at night) and then headed to Hyde Park for Winter Wonderland. All over London (and most of Europe), in December, Christmas markets pop up in plazas, parks, and squares all over the city. The one in Hyde Park was magical, and by far the largest. We drank mulled wine while purusing the locals selling crafts out of cute log cabin stalls.
The next day, we decided to purchase tickets for a hop-on hop-off bus tour. London was cold and rainy most of the day, so it allowed us to get to and from the sights without much trouble. We started our day with a walking tour that was included with our bus tour tickets. The walking tour included changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace- which was so fun to see! We marched alongside the guards and took pictures with all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men (hehe)!
The rest of our day consisted of checking out the touristy sites via our bus tour. We saw Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower of London.
The last stop of our bus tour dropped us off in London’s West End. A part of London we hadn’t planned on visiting- since we thought it might be too touristy. The West End is comparable to Time Square and Broadway in NYC. Think big flashy lights and billboards, musicals, street performers, and big stores like the M&M Store. Since it was the last stop on our tour, we had no choice other than walking through the excitement to get to the closest subway station. On our way, we discovered a drawing for front row seats to The Book of Mormon for £20. We both entered and the hubby won us tickets! We had a few hours to kill before the show, so we wandered The West End, hit up a few more Christmas markets, and grabbed dinner and drinks before the show. The show was hilarious and a fun addition to our short trip to London. After the show we headed back to our hotel for a few hours of sleep before our early morning flight.
So, there you have it, London in 36 hours! Have you ever squeezed in a quick trip to a big city? Share your quick trip stories and tips in the comments below!