Saturday July 2 – Matt and I were up early to catch our train to London. It was really nice having the train station so close to the hotel.
I was pretty excited to take the high speed train from Paris to London and to go through the chunnel! Matt had never done the chunnel train so it was a first for us both.
Since we were crossing over to England, we had to go through customs at the train station. It was pretty quick which left us about an hour to wait for our train. There were a ton of people waiting in our train terminal so I made Matt go in search of food, which took forever!
The train from Paris to London was only about 3 hours so we would arrive in London a little after lunch. The plan was to then meet Matt’s cousin Emma and her boyfriend Tim, for a “normal” day in London!
The train ride was pretty uneventful and the chunnel was a little disappointing. I really thought you might be able to see some water as you were approaching but we got nada! One minute fields were passing, the next we were in the chunnel. It only took about 20 minutes to get through and then we were headed to the city.
Once we got to the train station, we started looking for the train to get to the hotel. The train station was absolutely crazy so we kept passing up ticket lines hoping for a shorter one. We finally stopped at one and Matt was just going to wait while I stood with the bags. We’d popped into a Starbucks so I was happy for the moment. Not more than a few minutes passed before Matt walked back to me and said we’d just find a cab.
The cab line was much shorter and we figured it was worth the 18 pounds. We also figured, we had gotten to the hotel before Matt would have actually gotten through the ticket line.
We stayed at the Doubletree Westminster. While I really would have liked to stay somewhere a little less generic, the room was nice, convenient, and had good views.
Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we grabbed what we needed and headed to meet E&T. We met them at the Embankment Station and then headed out to find lunch. We ended up at a place Matt and I had eaten at the last time we were in London over by the Tate Modern. We sat down and were both like “we’ve been here before!”
After lunch we decided to take a water taxi to Greenwich. Matt and I had to buy tickets but E&T could use their train pass. We waited and waited and waited. We finally talked to one of the attendants to see what was going on. He moved us to the front of the line and we waited for a while longer. Finally our taxi came but a large party had taken the wrong taxi and they ushered them onto the next one, which meant we were SOL! We finally decided the water taxi was going to be a bust, since we’d been there close to an hour and were still waiting. We tried to get our money back but it turned into this big ordeal so E&T took our tickets and were going to submit a refund request.
At this point, we all decided we needed a drink so we headed for a pub. We had a few drinks there while a little rainstorm passed before heading to dinner. We went to a Mexican place called Wahaca. They severed small plates so we tried a few different things, which were all really good.
Matt and I still hadn’t checked into our hotel so we decided to call it a night. We made it back to the hotel and got settled in our room, then we walked a few blocks to grab some water and food for breakfast the next morning. Another early morning as we were headed to Devon for some family time.