Updated: Apr 6, 2020
This week I took a day trip to London with some girlfriends. Lucy, Emma and Lianne are the wives and girlfriends of George's work colleagues. We met completely through our other halves, but get on incredibly well and I have so loved getting to know them over the last few years.
Our first stop in a very rainy London was Buckingham Palace! A visit to the State Rooms is a must do tourist activity. As always, pre-book your tickets to avoid hideous queues. You can't take any photographs inside the palace, but take it from us, the magnitude and decor of the place is just stunning. There's lots on display to see too, from jewellery and royal family photographs to priceless furniture.
We had planned a leisurely mooch down to Covent Garden from Green Park, but the weather had other ideas, so we grabbed an Uber to our lunch reservations instead.
You may have heard of Petersham Nurseries in Richmond Park (somewhere I am very keen to visit!) but they have also opened a restaurant, deli and shop in Covent Garden. A little foodie and flower haven on Floral Street. La Goccia serves wonderful Italian aperitivo alongside floral inspired cocktails. We ordered half the menu to share and got stuck right in.
After lunch we did a little window shopping in Covent Garden. I popped into Jo Malone in search of finding a perfume for the wedding (which I have done!) and we enjoyed a ray of sunshine pushing its way through the clouds.
Our last stop of the day was The Ned (somewhere I've been dying to go and Emma was able to recommend). So after a short tube ride to Bank we found ourselves in the City of London, outside what used to be Midlands Bank. Well it certainly isn't a bank anymore.
The old bank has been transformed into a hotel like no other. With so many dining and bar areas to choose from, each with their own menu (and more importantly cocktail menu), we were more than happy to while away a few hours with dessert and drinks (we highly recommend the salted caramel tart!). The building has kept many of its original features, from the verdite columns in the former banking hall (now lobby and restaurants), to safety deposit signage in the stairwell.
We had a fab day despite the terrible weather! Time to plan our next day out girls.