Nothing will make you feel more like a first-world spoiled brat than silently being disappointed that you are vacationing in London. I’m candidly admitting that packing my suitcase for this trip was met with a mental tantrum that no adult would be proud of. (Catch up on the back story here). However, once we landed, I quickly pulled up my big-girl-panties and found peace amongst castles, green space and selfie sticks.
London is awesome and if you have not visited, you should. Within three days, I quickly discovered, I am not a great tourist, but am a great traveler. While others are being awed by Crown Jewels and Changing of the Guard, I’m silently analyzing the perfectly hemmed trousers and lack of trash cans in common areas. So instead of boring you with details of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, I’m going share with you a few pieces of London you probably won’t find elsewhere.
Gloves are for the Royals. I don’t know if this is actually true or not, but I did not see locals wearing gloves. Given typical London weather, it was on the warmer side at a blazing 45 degrees sans rain. Maybe someone who is more familiar can help me out on this one?
Shhhhhh. London is quiet. Seriously. Strangely quiet. We are talking millions of people and no horns or sirens. While standing outside, waiting to meet Matthew Perry, we started talking to a young couple and asked why. In the thickest British accent, she says, “We wouldn’t honk our horns unless we were angry.” Oh, duh. I should’ve realized that the Brits are all just happy, jolly, kind people, even when driving!
Cranes, chains and cement. There’s a lot of construction. I’m used to an abnormal amount of construction living in Denver, home of the legalized leaf, but it was different. My cab driver informed me that the majority of construction is a cause of WWII. The city is still rebuilding and repairing 60 years later. Mind blown!
Forget good food, unless… Seems like its common knowledge that food in London sucks. It’s true. However, we stumbled upon something even better than the fish and chips — BURGERS. Mmmmm! So tasty and with 52 locations, you won’t have to wonder far to find a Byrons. Make sure you order an Oreo shake too!
Here doggie, doggie. Apparently there are no leash laws? I googled it to make sure I wasn’t providing false information, it appears that its pretty much accurate. If you are not a dog lover, ugh…good luck. Although the majority of the time well-behaved, not every dog you meet will respect your space bubble. Guard your crotch.