England Trip (London, Southampton, Guernsey)

In June I went on a 2 week trip around the British Isles starting with England!

London

We spent 2 days in London before boarding the cruise ship (more on this later!) to adjust to the time zone and explore London.

Food eaten, places visited and what I did

  • Flew into Heathrow Airport and took the Heathrow Express into London close to the Gresham Hotel where we stayed for 2 nights. The Express took us to Paddington Station which was beautiful and hard to get around. We couldn’t figure out how to get out of the station for the longest time.
  • Ate at Pret a Manger for the first time which is the best place. We need them in Canada. They have prepared, healthy foods that you can just grab and eat. And good coffee!
  • Walked around Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens. Saw The Peter Pan Statue and Italian Gardens. Beautiful gardens, lots of people walking around, dogs kept jumping in the Italian Garden fountain (??), chairs were set out for people to sunbathe in. It was quite a nice place and I could walk around there for a while.
  • After walking around, we had dinner at a little cafe down the road from the hotel. I had an omelette and salad since after travelling I wanted something not too fancy.
  • The next day we were surprised with an English Breakfast at the hotel, then headed out on the Hop On, Hop Off tour.
  • We saw all the major landmarks of London (Big Ben though it was being renovated, London Eye, Parliment, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London etc.) and got off of the bus at Buckingham, Trafalgar Square/National Gallery, and Tower of London to go on a cruise down the Thames. It was a long day but we saw so much and it was crazy to take in.
  • Ate at Pret (of course) and had dinner at a little Greek restaurant close to the hotel. They surprised us with fruit after dinner. A day full of surprise food.

Tips

  • The Hop on, Hop Off tour is great. We rode the full route through once to see everything and decide where we wanted to get off. They sometimes come with extras, like this one had the Thames River cruise included.
  • The tap water was pretty gross. I brought a water bottle filter and you could still taste it. So hydrate lots when you can and bottled water is probably better.
  • The Galleries admission was free but special exhibits were more.

Photojournal

Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens
Paddington Station

I accidentally took a photo of this guy but it looks very purposeful. 
Piccadilly Circus 
Parliament and the River Thames
Tower of London
Cleopatra’s Needle
Buckingham Palace, the Queen was in that day. 

The National Gallery

Southampton & Guernsey

In order to board the cruise ship, we had to meet at the airport and then take a bus down to Southampton. The first full day we spent in St. Peter Port, Guernsey.

Places visited and what I did

  • We only drove around Southampton a bit, but it was a cute city. There were ancient ruins of the Town Wall built in with the more modern parts of the city. The city has a rich history since it is a port. It was where the Titanic departed, not comforting when you’re about to board a cruise ship.
  • Most of the day was spent waiting to board the ship, then exploring the ship and unpacking once our luggage arrived.
  • The next morning we boarded tenders to take us into St. Peter Port. It is the definition of quaint. The town is colourful and looks straight out of a painting.
  • We took a bus from the port, through the island and to the Little Chapel. The Chapel is made up of bits of old broken china and shells. It sits in a pretty garden up a hill. You can go downstairs in the chapel so it’s almost two levels? There are many little alters in the chapel.
  • We went back to the ship where it was the first formal night. We had dinner (which I forgot to take pictures of, so I forgot what I ate that night) and saw a show onboard.

Tips

  • Always be prepared for rain! Even if it says it’s not going to rain, it probably will because it’s Britain. Luckily we were very fortunate and it only sprinkled a little rain. It was still cooler outside than in Canada at the same time of year so I would’ve dressed more warmly if I had known.

Photojournal

The cruise ship in Southampton 
The Little Chapel in Guernsey

Next up on the trip will be Ireland!

P.S. It’s Peri

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18 thoughts on “England Trip (London, Southampton, Guernsey)

  1. Alicia Reply

    Awesome 😍😍😍 and omg next is Ireland?! How cooooool 😍😍

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Glad you’ve enjoyed the post!

  2. onanothercoast Reply

    absolutely stunning photos! The details on that last casstle are amazing!!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  3. Prachi Reply

    Every time I hear the place Guernsey I think about the book and it’s potato peel pie society! Haha

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Yes!! Or cows haha. They’ve just come out with a movie about the Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix

      1. Prachi Reply

        Yes I know! I have to watch the movie now, since I had read the book a long time back and had enjoyed it then 🙂 Looking forward to read about the rest of your trip to Ireland!

  4. butterfly child Reply

    Even though I’m from England – I love visiting or capital! And I loved reading your opinions and seeing your photos. So much that I want a day trip to London now too!
    Although I’d love to visit Canada too! (Scared of flying so probably won’t happen!)
    Loved your post and can’t wait for next xx

    1. psitsperi Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed! It’s good to have approval from a local of England.
      It was a long and kind of unpleasant flight but it is really interesting to get to see other places so I hope you get to see Canada someday!

  5. calmkate Reply

    Great trip with nice photos, nice to meet you!

  6. DiaryOfTheStudentNurse Reply

    Even though I live in England. I love all the tourist stuff too! Haha. Love the tip about the Tap water!! Our water does taste odd! I have to add flavour to mine. It tastes better in places like Wales I think haha.
    Love the tip about the weather! Our weather is shocking 🙈
    X

    1. psitsperi Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Love the locals approval haha. The weather would change so suddenly but luckily it was pretty nice while I was there!

  7. wevegotpockets Reply

    I so want to visit England. Having read all of your blog posts, the thing I currently do before following a blog I now am wondering how to just follow and not fully subscribe.

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Reading all of them is dedication, I appreciate it! There should be a WordPress follow button towards the bottom of the site, or you can subscribe to get email updates on new posts.

  8. Marcia Strykowski Reply

    Beautiful pictures! They brought back memories of my own trip to England a few years back. I didn’t get to Guernsey, but the rest were all familiar. Enjoy Ireland!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you!! Guernsey is very quaint but I don’t think it’s well travelled.

  9. Paul Handover Reply

    Sounds as though you had a great trip. Plus, wonderful photographs of the ‘old’ country. Anyway, came here to leave my thanks for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. Thank you!!

    1. psitsperi Reply

      Thank you for stopping by!!

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