Top 10 Things To Do On Your Honeymoon In London:
1. High Tea: Some of the best hotels in the world serve up their own interpretation of the Great British Afternoon Tea. One place that takes a different spin is Aqua at The Shard. We suggest you get reservations at The Shard a couple months in advance as it is THE place to be. In our opinion The Shard wins with its services and food, but mainly because it has the best aerial views of all of London.
2. See the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London: You will have a chance to see over 23,500 gorgeous Jewels worn by the current royal family with an impressive price tag estimated at $33 million. These flawless jewels are showcased in a beautiful castle featuring immaculate grounds and guarded by not only Yeomen Warders but 5 Ravens and a Spare!
3. Shop: Of course there is Harrods (also features one of the best high teas around but is touristy) Bond St. and Fortum and Mason… But you can find many hidden gems in London if you walk around and get to know the town. Some of the best shopping areas are small markets where you really can enjoy the life of London.
4. Take a day trip: For a full England experience, take a day trip outside of London to Queen Elizabeth’s primary residence, Windsor Castle. Windsor is about a 45 min drive from London and is a very quaint town featuring many shops, restaurants and pubs of course! We suggest renting a car through Miles & Miles. They provide luxury cars with luxury service. Their pricing is all in (including insurance and navigation) and is comparable to the major rental agencies that nickel and dime you for a mini cooper.
5. Indulge in Chocolate: One of London’s best chocolate experiences is a chocolate walking tour, exploring either Mayfair or Chelsea. Sample the award-winning chocolates in Mayfair or try the Queen’s favorite in Chelsea. Don’t forget to bring some delicious treats home to share with loved ones or reminiscence about the wonderful honeymoon- You can easily pick up Charbonnel et Walker truffles at the airport.
6. Unwind and relax: After a long day sight-seeing or exploring on foot – a well-deserved break will ensure the two of you feel at ease and enjoy your time together. Grace Belgravia markets itself as a members-only “health, well-being and lifestyle club”, but it does welcomes day visitors (who pay £150 per day for entry). Perhaps surprise your partner and arrange a couple’s massage- this will sure win some extra hugs and kisses!
7. London Attractions & Museums: We would be remiss if we did not mention Big Ben and the London Bridge! Stunning sites and great for photos. Located directly behind Big Ben is Westminster Abbey where Price William and Princess Kate were married! Located in the heart of London is Piccadilly Square (similar to Times Square in NYC) and from there take a stroll up to SOHO, the entertainment district. Perhaps you may even have time to see a Broadway Show. Be sure not to miss the British Museum and the Natural History Museum – two of the best.
8. Changing of the guards: The changing of guards occurs at 11:30am from April-July and lasts 45 minutes, so you may only get a glimpse. We suggest you still go and take a peak at Buckingham Palace to get a photo with the infamous and still guards. Beware it is busy!
9. Explore neighborhoods outside of the congestion zone: If you’re in London on a Saturday, join the crowds for a walk along Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, you’ll find everything from jewelry to antiques.
10. The London Eye at night: Why at night? What is more romantic than seeing the city with your love at night. The passenger capsules hold 32 people and are tall and roomy enough to walk around in. They’re air-conditioned and glass enclosed on all sides. If you are up to it you can even rent out the entire passenger capsule and have a glass of Champagne for a price! The Eye stays open until 9:30pm during the longest evenings of summer.
Some Important Things Before You Go:
Currency: British pounds (exchange at your local bank or when you arrive in UK or even at the ATM)
Travel Months: May to October. Wise to keep your umbrella handy year-round.
Language: Proper English
Entry requirements: Passport with at least one blank page
Check your luggage: The TSA of the UK have a very strict liquid law and only allows one personal hygiene bag per traveler. So if you have makeup and beauty products it is best that you check your bag on the way back.
Once You Are There:
To get around the city, you’re going to need to understand the public transportation system. The tube (aka Underground) is easily accessible, from 5 a.m. to midnight, and will make seeing the city a much easier feat. Just look for the big red sign photographed below.
In order to pay for the bus or tube, you’ll need an Oyster Card. Essentially, it’s a pre-paid card to use the system and is refundable at the end of your trip. Purchase one at any tube station for 5 pounds, then put additional money on the card. For the tube, you swipe both coming into the station and exiting, but for the bus, you’ll just swipe the card coming on.
Although there is a tube station at LHR, we strongly would recommend getting tickets in advance on the Heathrow Express train that takes you from London’s main airport to Paddington Station (15 minutes). It’s more expensive but substantially quicker than the 1:15 min. tube ride. If it is late at night or early in the morning you can also take an uber… but your mileage will vary. On our last trip the costs for an Uber was $34 to get to the airport but traffic can be quite brutal.