London: Part I

Sorry for my absence, the past week birthday celebrations continued with the Louis crew in London! We've just arrived home and oh how I wish we never had to leave -- we had the best time (and weather, somehow??!). I apologize in advance for the lengthy posts to follow -- this will serve as my reminder of all we did / places we liked over the past week.

Saturday: After a 7 hour over night flight, we finally arrived in London! We headed to 51 Buckingham Gate in Westminster to unload, then ventured out. We wandered by Buckingham Palace before heading into Soho where we enjoyed our first fabulous meal -- lunch at Polpo. This cozy spot was a recommendation from our London bible (as most of our favorite spots were) -- Gwyneth Paltrow's goop app. More exploring and checking out local pubs followed as we found a perfect place to watch the UEFA championship.

Sunday: The day began with coffee and a stroll through Green Park to get to brunch at The Wolseley. This place is fabulous and a must for London visitors. After brunch we hopped on the big red bus to get a city overview and get our bearings. We hopped off and wandered around Big Ben, then strolled West to Henley's for Bridger. The rest of the day was spent searching for pubs while others shopped, exploring neighborhoods, and grabbing drinks at the American Bar at the Savoy -- so fabulous we decided we needed to stay here and checked in the following day. Sunday's dinner was one of my favorites -- we grabbed pizza & wine at The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill. A MUST for visitors -- and not often visited by tourists, so you can really get a local feel.

Monday: Busy day on the road. We grabbed coffee before hitting the road for Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born. This place was incredibly beautiful and so fun to explore. We toured the Palace and wandered the grounds in awe -- it was truly stunning. Our next stop was Oxford -- I just can't get over the deep history and amazing structures in these places. Before we knew it we were heading back to the city and to our new home for the rest of the week, The Savoy. Another exceptional dinner -- at Savoy Grill, followed by drinks at the Beaufort Bar. This hotel is amazing.

Tuesday: The day started with brunch at The Delaunay, The Wolseley's sister restaurant. This was a very wet and rainy day, which = a perfect shopping day. We spent the entire day out and about and felt like we barely scraped the surface. One could spend years here and have much left to see! When we were tired of walking in the rain we headed back to The Savoy for afternoon tea -- this may have been one of my favorite things we did. It was simply wonderful. Before we knew it it was time to start getting ready for dinner. The night was spent getting sushi at Zuma -- this Knightsbridge spot is phenomenal and some of the best sushi I've ever had. After filling up on great food + sake, the kids headed to the Beaufort Bar at the hotel for some apres-dinner drinks & played Ellen's Heads Up (highly recommend this app). Another great day.