Three Days in London + Oxford


Last November, two dear friends and I went on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris. After a particularly eventful flight into Heathrow (don’t you love the free wine on international journeys?), we found our AirBnB in the beautiful northwest of London. We then spent our first November morning in London eating and meandering through Westminster.


We saw Big Ben (which was covered in scaffolding, and therefore very sad), Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and everything you’re supposed to see when playing tourist. I even got stuck taking an annoying and cliched photo in a telephone booth.

After talking myself down from buying a coat at MaxMara (a souvenir, right?), we traipsed through Shoreditch, got drunk at “Thanksgiving dinner 1,” and wound up getting doughnuts at The Biscotti Donut. 10/10 evening.

Ate: Cambridge Kitchen, Nobu Shoreditch, Clarette, Chiltern Firehouse, Vaults & Garden, Dishoom

Day two took a toll. We began by thoroughly exploring our section of Notting Hill, as well as crossing town to meander through Regents Park and Primrose Hill. After that was Harrod’s, a brief wine stop, and then a meal to remember at Chiltern Firehouse.

We took a day trip to Oxford, which meant a lot of walking and sight-seeing and general awe. We were lucky enough to have an (unofficial) tour guide who was good with fact retention and recall. I, however, am not one of those people, and so you’ll get no facts from me. Our last night in London, we saw Hadestown at the National Theatre (dead) and got set to depart on our train to Paris in the morning.