Kensington Palace and Hyde Park
While visiting London, getting a good walk in is never a problem. If you are feeling ambitious and in need of some fresh air along with your walk, head towards Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.
This area of London reminded me a lot of Central Park but with Kate, Will, and Harry living at one end of it in Kensington Palace as their London crash pad. Kate has been known to take the kids on walks in the Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Unfortunately, no royal sightings today.
Kensington Palace can be toured for around $22. BC was not into it and in truth, neither was I so we toured the free Kensington Gardens instead.
The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain resides in Kensington Gardens and is a nice, little, serene section of the park. It was also a high traffic section of the park as there are a lot of Princess Diana fans.
The best part of this whole walk for BC and I was walking around The Serpentine lake. Paddleboards and kayaks were in the water with picnic lunches and bike paths littered around the lake. Had we actually thought to bring food- the option in the park were not that great- we would have had a picnic too.
Albert Memorial plus BC taking a rest:
On a nice day, definitely spend at least 3 hours in London in Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Gardens. And keep your eye out for Royals!
With all that walking (another 20,000 step day), carbs for dinner was on my to-do list along with a show in the West End. La Porchetta Pollo Bar is an real-deal Italian place near our AirBnB in Soho on Old Compton Road. The gnocchi al gorgonzola which was the perfect refuel. I ate about half of it and saved it for lunch the next day. Saving the potato goodness for 2 meals always is a nice surprise to find in the fridge.
The half price ticket booth in Leicester Square is the place to go to see a show for a bargain. They don’t have the newest, most popular shows but they do have some goodies. After consulting the list, I opted to see Phantom of the Opera (again) after BC preferred to watch Netflix on the couch. My ticket was about half off and my seat was in the center about 10 rows back.
Having been to Phantom of the Opera about 4 times now (once in London 10 years ago)- it is my favorite musical. Having never seen it on Broadway, I can’t compare it to that but in London the show is so much better than any other I’ve seen. Two days after we are back in Baltimore, Lover Never Dies (the sequel to Phantom of the Opera) is at the Hippodrome and I have tickets to that too.
It was a full and tiring day in London but filled with all my favorite things. Our time here is winding down and it has been an amazing vacation.
Reader Question: Do you like musicals? What is your favorite?