london. day 3.

by ann


British Museum (free admissions)
Trafalgar Square

The Pasty Shop (Paddington Station)
Upper Crust Bakery (Paddington Station)
Scoop (Picadilly Circus)
Ham Yard Hotel (Picadilly Circus)
Nordic Bakery (Picadilly Circus)

The Pasty Shop
// Sandwiches and lattes
Upper Crust Bakery// Pain au chocolat, baguette sandwiches and lattes

What can I say? We are a family that likes carbs and coffee.

British Museum// museum is huge! Must sees include the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Sculptures. We purchased a map for £2 but it wasn’t really needed. The museum has maps everywhere.

_20150104.London Day 2.6We rode a double decker bus to our next destination! I could see how tours would be really fun in these.

Scoop// you’re craving sweets, check out Scoop! One lick brought us back to our stroll across Ponte Vecchicio. We tried the salted caramel, pistachio, extra dark chocolate and a raspberry sorbet.

Nordic Bakery// was high praise for this bakery, which was a short jaunt from Scoop. We purchased a cinnamon roll, honey pancake, and rice pie. They were all  highly underwhelming but perhaps it’s because we had them for breakfast the next day?

Chinatown/ just wanted to include this picture of Zooey and this panda. Teehee. Chinatown is just a few blocks from Ham Yard Hotel! Speaking of…

Ham Yard Hotel// a reservation. No matter where you want to go for afternoon tea, make a reservation. We tried to find a place for tea the day of and were hard pressed to get a table. Luckily, Ham Yard Hotel had an open spot with an hour’s wait. As a result, we missed out on making it to the National Museum and National Portrait Gallery. But afternoon tea! It was a must.

Each of us got a pot of tea and shared a tier of treats and basket of scones. My favorites were the anchovy pie, frittata, earl grey cupcake, and passion fruit macaron. At £19.50 per person, afternoon tea seemed a bit steep but we were all stuffed afterwards.

Note: If you do come to Ham Yard Hotel, request a seating in the sun room. It’s absolutely adorable!

Trafalgar Square//

We weren’t going to make it to the museums, but we still decided to go check out Trafalgar Square.

So lovely! Remember to check out the southern end of the square where you’ll get great views of the city. The first picture in the post was taken there and you can see Big Ben in the distance. There’s a plaque there that tells you what everything is as well!