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5 Things I Regret Not Doing In London

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Last summer I spent three glorious days in London, and loved every minute of it! I wanted to see everything in London but of course, that would be entirely impossible. So I came away with things that I didn’t get to see or do while I was there.

#1. Try Yorkshire Pudding & Toad in the Hole
If you have any British friends, you may have heard about Yorkshire Pudding at one point or another. Regretfully, I couldn’t find it on the menu in any of the places I ate while I was in London. Had I known it would be hard to find I would have done some Googling to find a place to try Yorkshire Pudding ahead of time. Toad in the Hole was also something I wanted to try because of the peculiar name, but I didn’t have any luck with that either.

#2. Afternoon Tea
I know I know! How did I manage to go all the way to London and not have afternoon tea?! Well, as you know things never go exactly as planned while traveling and this just happened to be one of those things that got left out for lack of time.  I’d read about a more affordable Afternoon Tea at the National Portrait Gallery, but I didn’t even finish seeing everything at the National Gallery even though I skipped the National Portrait Gallery.

#3. See a performance at Shakespeare Globe
I did see a musical while I was in London, but I didn’t get to see a performance at Shakespeare Globe as they were booked out. I didn’t get to see Shakespeare Globe altogether, so it will definitely something to do the next time I visit London!

#4. Take a look around Borough Market
Personally, I didn’t really like the movie Notting Hill so I wasn’t very interested in going to Portobello Market. One of my friends had recommended looking around Borough Market instead so that was what I had planned to do. Due to changes in the itinerary, I never made it to Borough Market, Shakespeare Globe, or Tate Modern. While a market may seem like a common every day experience, I think you can learn a lot about a culture by visiting a market and seeing the food and wares.

#5. Make a Call from a Red Telephone Booth
Well, first I’ll have to find a nice area with a clean telephone booth because all of the ones I saw while I was in London were filthy. I don’t think I would have touched one with a five foot pole! If there is a clean one in London somewhere, I would like to go in and make a call because the red telephone booth is so iconic. Plus I think it would have a touch of nostalgia. When I was growing up public phone booths were scattered around the city. Now that everyone has a cellphone the only place you’ll ever see a telephone booth (at least in the States & Korea) is at the airport.

What are some things you regret not doing in London, and what are some things you definitely want to try the next time you’re there?

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  • http://ablogbyrobert.com/ Robert @ablogbyrobert

    Haha I love this post! To be honest, you haven’t missed out on anything when it comes to 1 & 5. Yorkshire puddings are pretty good, but toad in the hole is usually pretty awful. And red phone booths are always awful. Always. They’ve basically been adopted as toilets for people that have had to much to drink on a night out and somewhere for escorts to advertise. Gross but true. 2, 3 & 4 are all really great things to do though, I’m afraid to say. I see why you regret those! lol :)

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Aww I’ll have to see if they maybe have a red phone booth somewhere inside a tourist location that closes in the evening before the drunks and escorts come out at night. I want to try Yorkshire pudding and Toad in the Hole because it’s British and not something easily found in other countries (let alone in London heh). I did try black pudding. This was before I realized that pudding isn’t necessarily always the gelatin sort. I also had to smother it in gravy because I didn’t like the taste….

  • http://travelandpictures.com Amber Primdahl

    I missed out on Borough Market too and was really bummed about it! I did however make it to Covent Garden. Have you been there? If not, I highly suggest it, it was one of my favourite spots on my last trip.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Aww I’m sorry you missed Borough Market too :(( No, I didn’t make it to Covent Garden either. Isn’t there just SO much stuff to see in London? Will you be posting about your trip to Covent Garden? I’d love to see photos :D

      • http://travelandpictures.com Amber Primdahl

        There is sooo much to see! No wonder it is such a heavy tourist destination, no time to be bored for sure ;)
        Yes I will be! :) Hopefully in the next week or so! My writing schedule has been so off this year because of school, but I graduated this week, so have started writing more posts and will be scheduling them!

        • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

          Yes I’m really jealous of the people who live there! I think I’d like nothing more than to stay in London for a few months; just so I can see everything that’s there. Congrats on graduation! You were a photography major right? I should have done a double major in photography…hindsight, hehe.