London, England

While we were in Paris, we thought we’d take a vacation from our vacation. One of the perks of European travel is how close and accessible everything is. One morning we hopped on the Eurostar train, cruised through the chunnel and 2 hours later we were in London!

We dove right in and got some of the sightseeing out of the way. Big Ben (naturally), St James Park and Buckingham Palace are all pretty accessible thanks to the Underground.

 Ben squared

Ben squared

 Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

After exploring a bit and taking some token landmark selfies, we made our way over to our hotel. We’ve stayed in a number of the domestic Ace Hotels, so it was only natural to book a room at their London outpost.

 View from the porch at the Ace Hotel

View from the porch at the Ace Hotel

 A babe looks out over london

A babe looks out over london

Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch - the Ace Hotel made a great basecamp for exploring this hip neighborhood.

 

After checking in we dove into a very, very yummy burger from Dirty Burger (so delicious we forgot to photograph it), before exploring the Box Park. A recommendation from a co-worker, the Box Park is essentially dozens of shipping containers stacked atop one another, each container host to a retail space, bar or restaurant.

For dinner we ventured over to the Pump Street Food market - a conglomeration of stationary food trucks selling amazing food with multicultural origins and inspirations. It made for a great atmosphere, full of amazing food, smells, and great people watching. We settled on this amazing chicken dish, which was a mountain for food for only about $8 American.

In the morning, after a great cup of coffee from The Bulldog Edition, we headed out to the Old Spitalfields Market. A market space in operation for over 350 years, I like to think of this market as London’s answer to The Brooklyn Flea. Hundreds of vendors, food stall and the like. Another must-see spot if you’re in Shoreditch!

 Like Brooklyn, but British-er

Like Brooklyn, but British-er

 Wee little carrots

Wee little carrots

Before heading back to the train we grabbed some sweet potato falafel and this amazing donut.

 Yes, it is as good as it looks!

Yes, it is as good as it looks!

A great first experience in London!

 The French countryside, as seen from the train.

The French countryside, as seen from the train.