8 Tourist Highlights of London, England

The endless amounts of tea I drink made this city an obvious choice for me. London was the perfect first-stop destination on my United Kingdom tour. And if you were wondering…the tea, chocolate and “royal” history did not disappoint.

Piccadilly Circus

Easily one of the most touristy spots we visited, but a check off the London Bucket List. It’s a little strip with fun shops (I recommend Cath Kidston) that made for a fun day. This busy spot was full of traffic (people and cars) and was accompanied by a street performer doing covers of Ed Sheeran songs. This spot is very accessible via “the tube” if you’re in the mood for a buzzing part of London.

Poppie’s Fish n’ Chips

A local shop worked had recommended “Poppie’s” fish n’ chips to us if we were looking for authentic British food. We ventured out of our way just to try it, and it was hands down the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. This is coming from someone who before this trip did not eat fish in any form. In the moment, I told myself, if I’m going to try fish, it’s going to be in England. I’m so glad I did and when I’m back, you can bet I’m going here again!

The London Eye

The London Eye was a fun experience. There were other London activities that were much more cost effective, but in hindsight I’m glad we made this one of our stops. The history behind the materials that went into building this landmark was very interesting to learn about. I do have to say that I would not wait in the mid-day “queues” to go up the wheel. We lucked out in how this experience played out: I would recommend buying your tickets ahead of time and not the day of. This way, you have your ticket ready to go without the dreaded first line before the real line. Make a morning of it! Stop for breakfast (cuppa tea and bacon roll photographed above), stroll through empty pathway while people are still waking up, and get in line a few minutes before the attraction opens. This minimizes your wait time and you still have the rest of the day for other sightseeing activities.

The Big Ben

Not far from the London Eye, The Big Ben is glorious even on gloomy days. It’s no wonder this clock is a London staple; beautiful intricate architecture and the alerting sounds that make this building come alive. I know the clock is undergoing repairs, but I would make a visit to London when this clock goes off. Another easy stop to visit, we came straight from the London Eye.

Buckingham Palace

Unfortunately, Queen E II did not open the gates for afternoon tea, but I admired her home through the slits of these gates. Buckingham Palace was at the top of my list for things to visit in England and it did not disappoint. Everything about this Palace was so grand. As you can imagine, the crowds around here are insane, so when you have a chance to snap your “long-distance selfie” with the Queen (she’s in there somewhere I swear), take it.

The Tower of London

While on the subject of the Royal Family, another stop to make is the Tower of London. A highlight for me was seeing the Crown Jewels and the history of Queen Elizabeth II. She is the definition of a boss lady. If you’ve watched The Crown on Netflix, you know what I mean. There is so much to see in the Tower of London that it really is a day-trip in itself. I wish we had a little more time, because we were unable to get around to all the sections. Something to keep in mind is that the Crown Jewels line is extremely long; be sure to plan your time wisely in order to see them along with the other exhibits. My sister had already seen them and volunteered to wait in line (bless her!).

St. Paul’s Cathedral

For reference, I’m standing in front of this famous Cathedral and I look like an ant… This is right in the city! We did not have time to go inside, but it’s something I want to see one day. We took a long walk back to our hotel after visiting Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and passed St. Paul’s Cathedral in all it’s glory.
Side note: The Globe Theater was honestly my favourite experience in London. We walked over to see the Globe and ended up standing in a separate line for last minute tickets. We scored super cheap tickets for a performance of Romeo and Juliette (standing room), and it was a beautifully done show. The performance and atmosphere was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The performance and atmosphere was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. My legs might have hated me (Shakespeare didn’t cut corners with the story line or dialogue…) but my soul was happy.

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The first day we arrived in London was at 8am after a 7 hour flight. The hop-on-hop-off bus tour was a great way to see the city with the little energy we had left before checking into our hotel. These tours really give you additional information with the luxury of choosing which stops you want to spend a little more time at. Above are a few pictures I was able to capture during the drive (or when we “hopped off”). I lived all my Amanda Bynes “What a Girl Wants” dreams by seeing double decker buses and the iconic telephone booths plastered all over the city.

Fab Fit Fun Box: My 1st Yearly Subscription Box

A present to myself every time the seasons change?  Yes please.  From the box design to the goodies inside, I hopped aboard the subscription box train with no hesitation – or regrets.

IMG_9892Fall FFF Box, 2018

I was first introduced to Fab Fit Fun boxes when one of my friends got me the Editor’s Box for my birthday.  I’d of course seen them circulating online and debated whether to get one or not.  Needless to say I was hooked!  A few months later I ordered my first yearly subscription.  There are a few subscription boxes going around lately, but I have to say the Fab Fit Fun box was everything I hoped it would be.  Full size products, great customer service, and a trustworthy organization.  My box was delivered when expected, no products were damaged, and all the products I custom selected were correct.  I was a happy customer!

IMG_0740Spring FFF Box, 2019

Each box comes with goodies selected for a particular season.  A huge selling point for me was that all the products are full size.  I often collect sample sized items and feel like I didn’t get enough product to truly see if it worked for me.  The boxes have a great variety of products that target lifestyle, fitness, beauty etc.  If you sign up for the yearly subscription, they allow you to “customize” your box.  For a handful of the products, you can select which items you want that month.  This is a big thumbs-up because you may want to pass on a product you already own or maybe feel you wouldn’t get much value from.  In addition to the customization, all boxes come with a few standard products for everyone.  All of the prices and descriptions can be viewed in the seasonal magazine that connects you to the Fab Fit Fun community. What’s not to love?

IMG_8345Summer FFF Box, 2018

In addition to the already stand-out subscription box, you’ll notice that each box supports an organization.  I signed up for the year not knowing this, but it totally made me love the brand that much more.  In one year, the four boxes featured the following causes: Wildlife Conservation Society, Right Action for Women, the Kindness Factory, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.  The magazine that comes in the box dedicates a page to the charity you can read up on.
Another perk to the full year subscription (and a brilliant marketing approach) is to have the subscribers post a photo of the box on their social media for the chance to win a grand prize.  By using specified hashtags and photographing your box, you are entered to win an all expenses paid trip. Though the chances might be slim, it’s fun to see the final shot. The draw is random and chances of winning are based on how many people have entered; wish me luck for the next one friends!
IMG_0182Winter FFF Box, 2019

I absolutely loved receiving the Fab Fit Fun box each season. What can I say, it’s a shopaholic’s dream!  More importantly, it’s allowed me to try products that I wouldn’t normally reach for.  I can admit I’m a creature of habit!  The section for add-ons has gotten me in trouble as well… with products like Tarte, Summer & Rose on major sale  how could I resist?