In typical fashion for this trip, we arrived in London while it was raining. Navigating from the coach station to our hostel in Victoria with backpack and suitcase in tow was a little tough adding in the downpour. Little did we know it would get worse as we dropped our luggage off and headed to see The Changing of The Guards. We soaked up the sun, just kidding - the rain, for 20 minutes before the ceremonial procession was canceled for the weather. Still with some spring in our step, we headed to see if there were any tickets left for The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper and around this time we started to get absolutely soaked. And lost. We grabbed lunch from a convenient store but had no place to eat it out of the rain so we huddled under a tree in St. James Park. Around this time, we lost our positive attitudes. We trudged around for a few more minutes trying to figure out how to make it back to the hostel before calling our loses and getting a taxi.
After dry clothes and some take out Chinese dinner we felt like new again and were able to pull it together enough to dominate in some more hostel drinking games ('MERICA). Shoutout to my main Anna here for winning survivor flip cup.
On a much sunnier day, we hit up the famous Portobello Market. This place was amazing. I highly recommend visiting if you're in London on a weekend. Home to hundreds of stalls, the Portobello market had everything - jewelry, books, decor, clothes, and most enjoyably- food. We had some top notch Paella for lunch and wandered around the massive market for a few hours.
Because we're typical tourists, we hit up Abbey Road and Platform 9 3/4 that day, as well.
I highly recommend getting a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. We bought a 48 hour pass for The Original Tour and it was more than worth it. It included free admission to one major attraction so we chose the Thames River Cruise. This made navigating the city amazingly simple and we learned a few important facts along the way.
One of my favorite things we did in London by far was going to the theater. We chose Wicked which was playing at The Apollo Victoria Theater. The show was amazing - the costumes were beautiful and the singing was spectacular. An amazing night in the city to say the least.
A quick bit about hostel life - we stayed at one of our favorite hostels on the trip here in London. Check out Wombats - it's near Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Although its a bit out of the way from the big hub of tourist attractions it was worth the trek. Clean room, AMAZING bar, and an all around cool vibe.