Tuesday morning we took the Eurostar train to London. It literally travels underneath the English Channel through the Chunnel and in just over two hours – you are in The UK! It is much more convenient than flying – and much more affordable.
We knew our stay in London wouldn’t be long, so we fit in as much as we possibly could. We took the Tube to Westminster and saw Big Ben, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey.
We then took the Tube over to Portobello Road to do a little shopping. We popped in and out of several shops and then had lunch at GBK – Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
It was SO good and the design of the restaurant was amazing! We then made our way up Portobello Road when it started to pour. We stopped in a few more stores before we made our way back to check in to our hotel. We let our coats and boots dry a bit before we left for Emirates Stadium.
When Zach and I realized that the Arsenal Football Club was playing in London the first night we were to arrive – we decided it was fate! We had to go to our first “football” game.
Zach and I have been to many professional sporting events…but NEVER have I seen that many people in one place at one time. We arrived at the stadium via the Tube and the streets surrounding the area were completely closed for the crowd. The people were flooding in from every angle. And with a stroke of pure luck – it stopped raining right before the game was to begin!
Our seats were fairly cheap and they were really close! Arsenal was playing Montpellier – a French team, what are the odds? The fans were NUTS. We sat adjacent from the opposing team’s fans and things got crazy fast. The French fans literally never sat down – the whole match. Before halftime the majority of them were shirtless and swinging their sweaters above their heads.
Arsenal won: 2 to 0. I am grateful, because I didn’t want to be around if they had lost the match. The Brits can be ruthless. We decided to stop at a place we had dined when we came to London a few years ago on our Study Abroad summer. Wagamama – a modern approach to Japanese food.
They have delicious noodles and one of the most unique and delicious desserts I have had: wasabi chocolate cake. Don’t knock it until you try it. We rode the Tube back to Kensington to our hotel and called it a night.