Last week we took Sprog on his graduation trip to the UK and Ireland (Dublin). Those of you that follow me on twitter, FB or IG have seen the pics already and heard about our travel nightmare coming home but I know there are a couple out here (namely Blondie) that aren’t on those places so I figured I’d go ahead and post about it. Besides, 140 characters or a picture doesn’t always tell the whole story of a place or event.
We started our trip in London and this time we stayed at The Marriott County Hall which is stupid expensive but I was able to score a deal via Amex. A lot of the more budget hotels required that we book two rooms since there are three of us and doing that put us in range of this hotel anyway, so why splurge a bit and all be together? The location is everything, I mean it is at The London Eye afterall, but the hotel itself was very posh and we really liked it.
Our room looked directly onto Jubilee Gardens
and we could catch the side of The Eye from it as well.
They didn’t have double doubles avail when we checked in so they brought us a rollaway and didn’t charge us for it as I did say 3 adults in the room at the time of booking. Very nice. One point of note, this is a converted old hospital so the walks from the lift are SUPER FAR in some of the rooms, our room was almost at the furthest end. It was like the Poltergeist hallway. But the hotel has a spa and an indoor pool, fancy.
One of the best things about this location was walking right out onto South Bank. We caught some freestyle bike performers the first night and they were the bomb.
We also found this adorable community garden as we walked along the river to get to the skate park.
Of course skate parks, bike performers and community gardens may not be your bag, so you could just walk across the bridge to this
and if you turn right, you head down Whitehall St which takes you to Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace.
We saw Trafalgar Square in 2011 and there was a huge ship in a bottle on display at that time. This year it’s been replaced by an enormous blue cock
My favorite pub in London happens to be on Whitehall St as well, it’s called The Clarence and we grabbed a pint and some dinner there one night.
Pubs all seem to carry different ciders on tap but Aspall is my absolute favorite and I know The Clarence will have it.
We had mostly good weather but it did rain in the mornings (one morning fairly heavily) and I was glad for my umbrella and raincoat but bummed I came without my Wellies for once.
Sprog went sans umbrella as he is a bad ass teenager
more photos and things we did (my quest for Harry Potter sights) tomorrow!