Over Mother’s Day weekend, James and I decided it was time to get out of Oxford and do some more exploring in London. We were feeling especially homesick for our families and a day trip was a good distraction.
We had quite a bit of rain over the past couple of weeks which has made it difficult to make plans and kept us indoors but we really lucked out on the weather for this trip. It is unbelievable how quickly the weather changes here. You can wake up to completely clear, sunny skies and within a few hours it will be soaking wet. When we arrived in March, I thought we had hit the jackpot with 60-70 degree weather most days but over the past few weeks it’s been mostly rainy and in the low 60s. We have learned to start bringing rain jackets with us even if it doesn’t look like we will need them.
With everything being so new, we have found it to be a bit overwhelming to plan our outings. At the recommendation of one of my coworkers, we decided to hop on the underground tube in London and take a walking tour along the Queens Walk. This has been one of our favorite trips so far and we will definitely be making this trip again.
To start our day, we took the bus from Oxford to London which is super convenient and comfortable. Because there are a few stops along the way it takes about 1.5 hours to get there. We got off at the Marble Arch and went down into the train station to catch the tube across town to London Bridge. From London Bridge, we walked along the path and stopped at Tate Museum. It was free and has a lot to see but we had a full itinerary so only made it to a couple of galleries. We then continued down the path and took in all of the sights and people. There were lots of street performers and great opportunities for people watching. We continued until we got to Buckingham Palace and finally stopped for a late lunch before we headed back to Oxford.
This trip was mostly spent walking and taking in all of the sights. We are looking forward to taking tours and exploring more of the buildings and galleries more in depth when we come back.
We did all of this path except for St. Paul’s Cathedral:
Here’s some of our favorite pictures from the walk:
One of the things we have had to adjust to is planning ahead when we are going to be out and about on Sundays. When we were in the US, we would take a Sunday trip like this and then do our grocery shopping for the week on the way home. Most stores here are only open from 11am-5pm or in some cases have even shorter hours on Sundays. After our previous trip to London, we got back at around 5:30 and hadn’t really eaten much so were going to grab dinner at a pub and everything was closed including the grocery stores. This time, we planned ahead and had some delicious British food at a pub in London before we left.
When we got back home, we called our families. It’s definitely not the same as being with our Moms on Mother’s Day but we are so thankful for the ability to be able to call them so often. We also owe a special shout-out to our sisters for helping take care of the Mom’s Day gifts!