London Pt. 2: By Land and by Tea

In which Rebecca and I get hopelessly lost (what else is new) and have our lives changed forever by a single cup of hot chocolate.

We stayed fairly busy during our time in  London and saw quite a bit. However, London is an overwhelmingly large city. I don’t think I can fairly say that I SAW London. I think I merely TASTED it. I hope to spend more time exploring it in the future.
Highlights: (excuse the lack of photographs. I am really the worst travel photographer known to this earth.)
Walking through Westminster 
 

 

 
Westminster Abbey 
 

Westminster Abbey was such a striking attraction. The architecture was amazing and there is sooo much history covering every inch of the building a few layers over, I wanted to faint! I walked over a whole lot of important people too. Normally I try to avoid walking on graves, but it really couldn’t be avoided. Every inch of floor space and wall space is covered with graves and memorials for history’s greatest men and women. Their achievements are carved on stones and statues and gilded with gold.

It was quite striking really. In a sense, it is the most honored place you could be buried in all of the Western world. As we walked through I found myself pondering, is it really a worthwhile end for history’s greatest? To have their disintegrating bones walked over by obnoxious American tourists and naughty school children for all eternity? Is that really the highest honor this world can bestow?

I am so thankful I know God’s purpose and have something even greater to give my life to.

 
The British Library 
 
The British Museum 
 
The National Gallery 

Covent Garden

Whittards
 

Oh my goodness… WHITTARDS GUYS! As Rebbecca and I casually strolled through Covent Garden looking for a flower shop (yes, think Eliza Doolittle), we stumbled into a fancy tea store that had FREE SAMPLES. Lemme tell you two things:

1. Free samples are one of my very favoritest things

and

2. Free samples are extremely hard to find in the United Kingdom

Is it just me, or does food always taste better when it is free? After tasting four or five tea varieties and two types of hot chocolate we decided that the ridiculous prices weren’t so ridiculous. This was some of the best tea and definitely the BEST hot chocolate we had ever tasted.

So we may or may not have planned the rest of our London touring around Whittards locations. Seriously, I lost count of how many shops we stopped in, trying the different samples at each one of course. If my suitcase hadn’t already been stuffed to the brim, I probably would have come home with Whittards tea for everyone.

Eventually, we craved more.

“Do you guys sell by the cup?”
“Not here, but we do have a location near Piccadilly Circus that has a tea bar.”

And boom. We spent the rest of the afternoon traipsing about London searching for said tea bar. When we FINALLY found it, we bought ourselves the most expensive and the most well earned cups of hot chocolate I will ever taste.

And that is the story of how we toured London by land and by tea.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

9 thoughts on “London Pt. 2: By Land and by Tea”

  1. I want some Whittards! I'm going to find some way to go to London right now to get me some right now!
    Westminster Abbey ❤ oh, I want to go there so badly! London sounds incredibly lovely 🙂

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  2. Oh my goodness, I'm so desperate for that tea/hot chocolate now. And the Thames and Westminster are soooo gorgeous. Although I admit there is a certain wry humour in your bones getting walked over by obnoxious tourists XD

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  3. Yeah, Westminister was a neat experience, but not exactly what I thought it would be. Maybe I was just overthinking it? Anyhow, London is fantastic. Go get yourself some Whittards!

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  4. Yes! Go get yourself some Whittards. It is lovely. Probably overpriced, but still lovely. And THEY HAVE FREE SAMPLES. So of course they automatically became my best friend.

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  5. I love how you “tasted” instead of “saw” London…and how it ties in with the title “by land and tea!” YOU SHOULD WRITE A MEMOIR. “How I Tasted London; by Land and by Tea. The latest by famous author, Susanna ______!” I would definitely buy a copy. :p

    (now I want a tea bar. not even sure what a tea bar is, but I want to go to one.)

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  6. Ditto to what Olivia said! You should definitely write a book about your travels + tea and whatever awesome foods they have in the countries you visit. You would do an amazing job of that! And the photos are amazing and make me want to cross the pond and spend forever in England. (-: Did you ever get to go shopping in Piccadilly Market?

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  7. First of all, I must say that this is the bestest blog post title of ever. I agree with Olivia; you should write a memoir with that title! Hehe. Anyways, I really want to be tasting all that tea and hot chocolate in London right now. Hot chocolate is my favorite beverage ever, and when it's free, that just makes it taste so much better.

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  8. Haha! Thanks for the suggestion and encouragement. I'm glad you approve of my title.

    A tea bar is a wonderful little thing you should visit someday. It is like starbucks, but for amazingly fantastical tea drinks. Oh, and you can eat at a bar counter or a table.

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