Shopping & Sight-Seeing in London

Typical London Pub. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

Sunday morning, our third day in London, was also the day of the London Marathon! We had no idea the marathon would be going on while we were there, and I was worried at first about getting around with all the traffic/barricades from the marathon. But as it turned out, the marathon basically just followed the path along the river, and once we got north of the river after breakfast, we never saw any traffic or anything from the marathon again. They had designated places to cross the marathon, so we only had to walk a little bit out of our way after breakfast to get back across the river. It was neat to see everything all set up for the race!

Trafalgar Square, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

On Sunday morning after brunch, we decided to do some sight-seeing around London. It was a gorgeous, sunny, warm day, with hardly a cloud in the sky.

Trafalgar Square, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

We strolled through Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

And saw Big Ben in the background.

Leicester Square, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

We walked through Leicester Square.

Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

And explored China Town.

The Glassblower, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

I love seeing all the traditional-style pubs we came across in London.

Burlington Arcade, London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

We ran around Piccadilly Circus, and then made our way to Burlington Arcade, a long, indoor passageway lined with shops and flooded with natural light coming from the skylights above.

Laduree Macarons in London! Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

At the end of the arcade, we found Laduree Macarons! Swoon! Since we knew we’d be going to the Laduree in Paris, we only got a few to try here. A full report on the Laduree in Paris to come soon!! :) Here we got vanilla, chocolate, and Strawberry Candy. The vanilla and chocolate were just a really good vanilla and chocolate. The strawberry candy was filled with a strawberry marshmallow fluff!! Loved all three, they are all a must!! ;)

Shopping in London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

Loved this cute little store!

Shopping in London. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

That font! Those colors!

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

After a fun morning exploring London, we were ready for scones, sandwiches, and afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason. I’ll be doing a separate post of “Everything I Ate In London,” (just like I did with Scotland) so stay tuned for that! Be sure to subscribe to our email update list so you never miss a post. :)

French Macarons Fortnum & Mason. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

I was dying over all the fun treats at Fortnum and Mason! How gorgeous are these macarons??

Rainbow Skittles Cake at Fortnum & Mason. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

And this rainbow cake stuffed with Skittles? M&Ms?? I have no idea, lol!!

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cronuts at Fortnum & Mason. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

We HAD to try the Chocolate and Salted Caramel Cronuts!! LOVED them! They were so buttery and crisp! These have been my favorite out of all the cronuts I’ve tried, although in all fairness, I haven’t tried them from Dominique Ansel yet, the creator of the Cronut craze! :)

French Macarons Fortnum & Mason. Tips for Planning a London Vacation. #travel #london #england

We got a box of macarons to go :) Here are a few of the flavors we tried and loved:

  • Red Velvet
  • Neapolitan
  • Salted Caramel
  • Creme Brûlée
  • Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter
  • Brownie


View London in a larger map

Here’s a map of everything we did in London. It’s got the GPS location of all the spots you see in this post in case you want to find them on your own. :) Click here to see this map on a larger screen, with a list of all the places we went.


Follow along on our Scotland, London, and Paris Vacation!


Scotland Day 1 & 2 — Inverness, Loch Ness, Skye, and Talisker Bay
Scotland Day 3 — Skye, Fairy Pools, The Highlands, and Oban
Scotland Day 4 — Islands of Scotland: Mull, Iona, and the Cave of Melodies
Scotland Day 5 — Fa’side Castle, Edinburgh
Scotland Day 6 – Edinburgh & Castle Driving the Coast of Scotland
Everything I Ate In Scotland


London Day 1: Notting Hill, Seven Dials, and The London Eye
London Day 2: Tower of London, Borough Market, and Big Ben
London Day 3: Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Fortnum and Mason
London Day 4: Bakery Hopping, Harrods Food Hall, and the London Tower Bridge
London Day 4: Sunset at The View from The Shard
Where We Stayed In London: Hotel Indigo Tower Hill
Everything I Ate In London


Paris Day 1: Sunrise and Sunset at the Eiffel Tower


More to come soon!! Thanks so much for looking!!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

Beautiful pics! That rainbow cake looks so fun! Instant party!


Amy May 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

Your trip seems to have been amazing! I would love to try those peanut butter and brownie macaroons!! YUM!!


Denise May 29, 2014 at 9:26 am

Those are probably Smarties inside that cake. Smarties are sort of like m&m’s.


Fee K. May 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Yep smarties..that’s what they have in m&m’s but no red dye

Angie | Big Bear's Wife May 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

Those Macarons!!! I wish I had a whole box of them! Oh my lord and the Salted Caramel Cronuts……….. let me have one! haha


Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Great pictures! Love seeing these – makes me want to hurry and go back someday soon!


Julianne @ Beyond Frosting May 31, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Gorgeous photos!! I am dying over those cronuts! Looking forward to your “what I ate in London” post!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

A trip to London and Liverpool (huge Beatles fans) is on our short list for 2015! Laduree are my most-favorite macarons on the planet. Haven’t had them in Paris, but have had them in New York. Swoon is indeed correct!


Krystal June 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

Amanda, I will be going to London for my honeymoon in September. I have loved reading along with all your posts and checking out what you did. It has helped me plan mine! I did have the cronuts on my must try list. Are those from Fortnum and Mason?


Amanda June 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

Yes they are!!! :) They are definitely a must!! ;)

Deborah June 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I always love reading your travel posts. They make me want to jump on a plane right now and go and travel the world!!


Wendy July 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

Though i have been to London many times, there are always new places to explore. So love reading these finds. I’ll be going next week again, so my question where did you have the cronuts. Dont wanne miss those!


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