This past year for my spring break, I took a trip with my school to visit London, England. If you ever want to take a first international trip, I would highly recommend England! This was my first time traveling internationally and England was definitely the right choice for my first country! Tower of London
We spent a total of 8 days in England. I think it was the perfect amount of time to spend there! The plane ride to England took about 10 hours and we flew overnight which was great to wake up in a brand new country!
The food on the plane wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be. The entree was potato mashed served along side with Tabbouleh (mmhmm my favorite!), some crackers with cheese and a chocolate pudding-like dessert.
Our first destination: Canterbury
We took an hour long bus ride to Canterbury to visit the Canterbury Cathedral and St.Augustine’s Abbey. Canterbury is a city in southeast England. Created by the Romans in the Middle Ages, showcasing the cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.
The St. Augustine’s Abbey ruins
Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 597 A.D. but let me tell you it looked pretty “new” to me lol. It is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in all of England. It is the headquarters for the Church of England and Anglican Communion. It is known for its gothic architecture and stained-glass windows. Truly beautiful!
Next Stop: Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey has been the setting for royal coronations since 1066. Located in Westminster, it is England’s most well known religious building. Over 3,300 people have been buried here. Including Charles Darwin, Jane Austen, Sir Issac Newton (my physics teacher loved that one), and many English monarchs. It is also the setting for many royal weddings. (Kate Middleton got married here!) We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but it was a pretty amazing structure. So much history and detailed architecture!
Next Stop: Shakespeare Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe was built in 1599 and was destroyed twice in fires. It has been reconstructed to look just as it did in 1599! The theatre was meant to hold 3,000 people during Shakespeare’s time! The current theatre holds around 1,400 spectators with some standing, as you can see in the photo above! We did not see a play but you can see Shakespeare plays during certain times of the year.
More of Shakespeare’s Globe
Some of my favorite foods I got in England! Never can go wrong with carbs!
My favorite part of London is the cute, red telephone booths! They can be found all over London! Even though they aren’t able to use, they are perfect for photo opts! I was sure to take advantage of that!
Next Stop: Buckingham Palace
We had a lot of free time while we were in London to go explore the city with some of my classmates. One day during our free time, me and one of my friends decided to take a bike tour of London! It was so much fun! We were able to see so much of London from a completely different perspective!
Pit stop for a photo opt in front of the palace!
Buckingham palace is the headquarters for the British monarch. Home to the Queen as well as where she hosts many official events and receptions every year. (if only I could go to one of her garden tea parties)
Fun Fact: When the flag is flying, it means the Queen is home! How cool she was when we were there!
We also stopped at Kensington Palace along the way. This is where the rest of the royal family lives, including, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
While in London, you have to look stylish! My raincoat (it rains a lot in England) is from Banana Republic and my purse is from Kate Spade! I would recommend both for any trip as they are perfect and casual for any occasion.
While in London…was one of our favorite says during the trip! The British are very well known for their pubs and it is a social thing to hang out in pubs after school/work. One of our favorite pubs to go to were “The Prince of Wales” located on High Street Kensington and “All One Bar” located across London. My favorite was the cider!
You can never go wrong with a pint of cider! Cheers mate!!!
Some of my favorite foods in England! On the left is a croissant, I had 2 every morning for breakfast and boy were they the best croissants I’ve ever had! On the right, is a Cadbury chocolate bar. England is famous for them! I recommend getting some to take home with you, they are not the same ones that you find in the US!
Digestive cookies are also my favorite! Don’t be fooled by the name, they have no health benefits (sad face). But they are so good! Perfect to pair with an afternoon cup of tea!