United Kingdom

Here are some of my favorite places I visited while in the UK:

  • The Tower of London. So historic!  I literally spent all day here exploring every nook and cranny allowed access by the public.  It’s where Ann Boleyn was beheaded, the princes went missing from the tower, Queen Elizabeth I was held prisoner and it’s the home of the Crown Jewels.
  • Hampton Court Palace. Built for Cardinal Wolsey and procured by King Henry VIII.  It’s beautiful, immense and has been home to several English monarchs.
  • Hever Castle. The childhood home of Ann Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife (and mother of the first Queen Elizabeth).  The castle was bought by American William Waldorf Astor in 1903 and he added acres and acres of gorgeous gardens, a huge man-made lake and a yew maze.  The walk to the castle from the train station is idyllic with little thatched cottages lining the way.  The King Henry VIII Inn served some delicious pub food in a centuries old building.  Directly across the street is St. Peter’s Church, the burial site of Thomas Boleyn and home of lots of beautiful grave sites.
  • Brighton.  A beautiful town on the English Channel.  The Brighton Pier is filled with food and carnival type rides and games.  A one of a kind experience.
  • Bath.  A glimpse into the Roman Baths.  Take my advice and don’t try your free sip of water (included with admission). It tastes as bad as it smells. Trust me!
  • Victoria & Albert Museum.  Hands down my favorite museum that I visited in London.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  For the duration of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” I was a groundling and I watched the show with my body pressed to the front of the stage.  Such an amazing experience!
  • The National Theatre.  We got a behind the scenes tour before we watched a performance of “The Revenger’s Tragedy” in the Olivier Theatre.
  • The Old Vic.  A beautiful, historic theatre.  I got to see “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw here.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon.  William Shakespeare’s birth place.  Need I say more?
  • Covent Garden.  Shopping and food.  Also, the former home of one of my favorite stores in the entire world: LUSH.
  • Harrod’s.  Although the only thing I could afford was a tine of pastilles and a calendar, it’s well worth a look-see.  Harrod’s is luxury at it’s finest with department after department of fantastic finds.  They have everything from cosmetics to food to home decor and even luxury items for your pet.
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