London day 2! A chill, but lovely day exploring the beauty of London.
Day 2 started out a little later than I had hoped it would. Because we got back to the hotel so late after the London by Night tour, we probably went to sleep around 1am. I thought I had set an alarm on my phone, but I honestly can’t remember if I didn’t or we just ignored it. Regardless, we woke up around 10am and hustled to get ready to start the day. The tour I had booked “started” at 8am so we missed a little bit in the morning.
Day 2 was October 15, our 1 year wedding anniversary. So it wasn’t really a big deal that we slept in a bit, because you know, we deserved it. Our tour that day was the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour so being late wasn’t an actual problem. We got ready and headed to the meeting point for the tour. The meeting point was really close to the hotel, maybe a 5-7 minute walk.
I planned for day 2 to be a easy-going, chill day because of Friday and Saturday plus everything I had booked for Monday-Wednesday. All I knew was that I definitely wanted to go to Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. This ended up being great because it was so beautiful!
It took us well over 4 hours to go through Kensington Palace and half of Hyde Park. We strolled through the maze-like gardens of the palace and stopped to see the intricate placement of hedges, arches, and flower beds. The palace gardens were so stunning. It was funny to see a sign that apologized for the gardens being a bit ugly, as they were in the middle of replanting various parts. Because to us, everything was gorgeous.
Briam has a blast walking around the pound near the palace. We saw a few people who had bread heading to the pond so we took a look and saw SO many ducks and swans! It was crazy to see how comfortable they felt around people and how calm they were. There was even a sign that shows what kind of food people can feed the birds to keep them healthy.
The pond was huge and a great place to stroll around. Briam even made a swan friend! He mostly wanted to stand next to the swan to show the sheer size of them, because those guys are big! My camera battery died about 10 minutes after getting to Kensington Palace so I had to take a few pictures on my phone. I learned my lesson that day – better to always have both batteries on my person at all times! (This actually saved me on day 4!)
I think we spent more time people and swan watching in the palace gardens than we did in Hyde Park. But that’s okay! Hyde Park was still beautiful and a pleasure to walk around. We stopped off for lunch at Lido Cafe and Bar for a late lunch before heading back to the tour bus pick-up point.
After hoping back on the bus, we enjoyed a little tour around London before the bus stopped near the hotel. The tour guide was funny and made some lighthearted political jokes, which I think we all need every now and then. He was great at pointing our historical landmarks as well which made for a nice balance between history and modernism.
We ended up back at the hotel, semi-refreshed yet still very tired. So instead of heading out into the city to find dinner, we went down to the hotel restaurant, The Brasserie, to grab a bit to eat. The food was incredible! Briam had a club sandwich with thick chips (fries) and I had spaghetti bolognese.
We turned in after that to get a decent sleep as our Monday tour had a meeting time of 7:30am. Come back tomorrow to read about day 3! If you missed day 1, click here to catch up!
Camera used on the trip: Canon G7 X Mark ii
Backup battery: Canon
Hardcase luggage: Travelhouse 3-Piece Set
Have you been to Hyde Park or Kensington Palace?
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