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Monday, July 27, 2015

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CAUSE YOU'RE IN LONDON



You know that famous British saying "Keep Calm and Carry On?" Well that definitely seemed to be our motto during our second day in London! We started off our day by going to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour which you can see more of on my previous blog post. When we were done with the tour we headed off to Wimbledon because my friend is a huge Roger Federer fan! Unfortunately, nothing was open when we got there so we ended up just taking a couple photos from the outside. After we were done we headed off to Covent Garden which was a fun place to walk around and eat! Our first stop was Laduree since my friend and I have never had the infamous macrons from Laduree before and were eager to give them a try! Afterwards, we decided to share a cookie from Ben's Cookies which was recommended by a friend of ours. Definitely worth a try because they were surprisingly delicious. Covent Garden was really a fun place to walk around because there were a bunch of street performers on every corner.

When we were done with Covent Garden we headed towards the London Eye since we had tickets to go on it around 9PM. Since we got there a bit early we grabbed our very first (ended up being our first & last) fish and chips! I don't think I am a huge fan of fish and chips to be honest. Fried fish isn't one of those foods I crave to eat EVER! But since I was in England I felt like I had to give it a try and I am glad I did cause now I can say I tried it!

After we were done eating, we went on the London Eye and I felt like we went at a perfect time! The sun was beginning to set by the time we got to the top and it was so nice seeing the sunset and having this beautiful London backdrop to gaze at. I really enjoyed the time I got to spend looking at this incredible view that I've been dreaming to see for years!

To end the night, we headed off to the Shard to get some drinks and relax. We ended up going to a place called Aqua Shard located on level 31 of the Shard. This place has an incredible view and a killer vibe! We were lucky enough to find a table for two near the window with the view of the London Bridge! This place was pretty expensive but it was well worth it for us since we wanted to see the London landscape at night and I felt like this gave us an opportunity to do so!

Next up on my blog is going to be more about the tour my friend and I went on because day 3 was the start of our guided tour! So stay tuned!! :)




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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour at Leavesden Studios




During our second day in London we made a journey to Watford to go to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter tour at Leavesden Studios.  This tour was hands down one of the best things we did during our vacation! Being a long time Harry Potter fan I've always wanted to go to Leavesden Studios and it was a magical experience. It was amazing to see all the sets, costumes and props that were used in all of the films. I think my favorite was part was walking through the Great Hall and being able to see all the production design details to each set that was made.

While we were there my friend and I took a million photos and videos so I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos on this blog. This tour was so interactive from being able to fly a broomstick with a green screen backdrop to taking a photo at Platform 9 3/4. We even got to try butterbeer and butterbeer ice cream!

Here are a few tips if you ever get a chance to go:

  • Plan your trip well in advance and buy your ticket as soon as you know you're going to London! https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/about-us
  • When you get there you retrieve your tickets at the outside kiosk. You have about 15 minutes from the time of your booking to actually get in line for the tour. 
  • People will tell you that this tour can be done in 2 hours. SO NOT TRUE IF you're a big Harry Potter fan! This is not a guided tour and you're allowed to spend as much time as you want to! Apparently one fan stayed for 12 hours! So I would give yourself at least 3 hours and an extra hour if you plan to eat & shop there.
  • There is a shuttle that can take you from Watford Station to Leavesden Studios and back! So take that if you can get yourself to Watford Station.
  • If you book the tour on a Sunday like we did you will learn that the trains in London are not as reliable on Sundays. With that said, we ended up taking a taxi from Hammermith Station to Leavesden Studios and it cost us about £102. Yes, I know it is super expensive but it was money well spent for us cause we got there right on time :)
  • If you buy the butterbeer with the specialty mug and you're thinking well maybe I can buy the mug in the gift shop. The answer is not really.. I say that because you can buy a butterbeer cup but the one on the gift shop has no handle. So if you don't care and you want to save money that might be an option for you!
If I ever go back to London I know I will go back because this place was seriously AWESOME!