There are plenty of easy daytrips you can take from London, but Brighton is one of my favorites. This seaside town is absolutely beautiful. And sometimes it’s nice to escape the city for a day – I’ve found that spending time in Brighton is peaceful and refreshing.
You can take a train to Brighton out of London Victoria or St. Pancras. If you’re traveling with 3+ people, be sure to purchase “group save” tickets, which ultimately means it’s cheaper to travel together. When you arrive in Brighton, the train station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the beach.
A few weekends ago, I attended Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony to honor the Queen’s birthday. We made it a program-wide event, and I led a group of students to The Mall to watch the procession.
Let me just say this… attending Trooping the Colour is one of the best things I’ve done in London. Prior to this event, I’d never laid eyes on a member of the royal family (in the collective 8 months I’ve lived in London!). And in one day, I saw the entire royal family… twice!
Last month, I turned 22! It’s hard to believe that my birthday month has already come and gone. (Is anyone else totally in denial that it’s already June?!) I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday – my 22nd fell on a Friday, so my supervisors gave me the afternoon off work, and I got to celebrate here in London. Also, my two dear friends Ashley and Levi were visiting, so it was awesome to share the city I love with two familiar faces from home.
So how did I decide to celebrate?! I’ll get to that. I actually had a difficult time planning in advance, because my birthday sort of snuck up on me. There are so many incredible things to do in London, it can be overwhelming. I knew my birthday was an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, whatever I wanted to do (and drag everyone else along for the ride!), and that’s a lot of pressure. In my research, I came across a lot of cool options, and I’d like to share them in this post!
Recently I visited the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, “home to historical royal carriages and one of the finest working stables in existence.”
It’s fun for me to find things to do in London I haven’t done before. While I’ve been to Buckingham Palace numerous times, I’ve never visited the Royal Mews, and I was excited to see the carriages and to learn more about their history and significance to the royal family.
The entrance to the Royal Mews is located to the left of the palace. Follow the sidewalk around the palace and you’ll run into it. I’ll include all the necessary details pertaining entry (opening hours / ticket prices / etc.) at the end of the post.
Just before leaving for London, I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand. This was an investment, made possible by my graduation $$. (Shoutout to all my lovely relatives and friends!).
The Away brand seemed to be popping up everywhere – in blog posts, travel articles, my Instagram feed! I don’t generally purchase something simply because everyone else is, but the hype surrounding this brand prompted me to do further research.
To be honest, the luggage originally caught my eye because I loved the way it looked. I think the Away luggage is super stylish (as proved by all the aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts!). But I wanted to know if it was worth the price – if the quality was what everyone said it was.
I took the carry-on to London (on an international flight), and since then I’ve taken two weekend trips, so I think I’m in a good position to write a thoughtful review.