Actual date of this event: 15-25 October
It had been a while since Luke and I had visitors, so we were looking forward to family visiting. We were excited to have Julie (Luke's mom) to London since she had only ever visited us in Aberdeen (read about it here, here, here), and Austin (Luke's brother) had yet to visit us overseas.
We had an early morning on Thursday as we hopped on a plane to visit Rome for the weekend. It was a great weekend! Read about it here.
Tuesday was a bit of a mess for touring London - it's like a big puzzle trying to plan each day so that there is more seeing stuff and visiting pubs, and less walking and tube riding. We made it work though. We started the day taking the train to Blackfriars. Almost every visitor I've had in London has named The Blackfriar as one of their most memorable pubs they visited. It is a must on my itinerary of London, so we started our day with a pick me up.
Wednesday and Thursday turned in to some pretty heavy shopping days, but we of course added in some pub stops to keep Austin interested! We started the day taking the tube to Lancaster Gate to take a walk thru Hyde Park. We visited the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and stopped for coffee at the Lido Cafe on the Serpentine.
Thursday was going to be a pretty long day, so we took it easy in the morning and went out for a late breakfast. We stopped at Bills in Wimbledon to have a proper English breakfast before getting on the train to Waterloo. One of the best views of Westminster can be seen from the Hungerford Bridges at the Southbank.
Friday was Julie and Austin's last day in London, so we made it a big one. We started off heading to London Bridge to have an early lunch at Borough Market. Such yummy choices, but we were able to narrow it down to a German sausage, a French grilled cheese with raclette, an Italian ham & salami panini, and of course wine.
Luke and I no longer live in Wimbledon and it felt VERY strange to be mentioning it over and over again.