Coffee and a Light Breakfast

Start your day at TAP Coffee. They have a three locations near central London. I visited the No. 114 location and it was really busy. The shop is cute and well designed with not a lot of seating. The coffee is very third wave (so very citrusy and floral) and the light breakfast options are excellent. Choose from their pastries or maybe make your own granola bowl. The granola fixings set up is adorable with lots of options. I went with a housemade granola bar and it was perfect.

Kew Gardens

Cost: £16 ($20)

Kew Gardens is a vast garden with lots of features. You can easily spend the whole day here if you want to see everything. I would recommend allowing yourself 3 hours and don’t miss out on: Kew Palace, The Waterlily House, and the Palm House. Take the Great Boarder walk from the Palace to the greenhouses. In early July the flowers along the Great Boarder Walk were in full bloom.

Kew Palace & Grounds

If you need some refreshment while enjoying the grounds you have several options. You can serve yourself and pick up a quick coffee in the Victoria Plaza and White Peaks Cafés. Sit down for a causal meal at Pavilion or Orangery restaurants. If you’re feeling very fancy The Botanist, located across the lake from the Palm House, is the place for you. Afternoon tea at The Botanist looks like a real treat.

The Palm House & Waterlily House

Kew Gardens is a popular place for school groups, but the grounds are so large it didn’t feel too crowded. The kids were having a great time. I think it would be a good place to take younger kids.

Borough Market

Tip: Go on Fridays

The oldest market in London is crammed full of stalls and shops offering everything from farm fresh meats and cheese, oysters shucked to order, quick bites, and imported foods form Spain and France. There are so many options and tempting smells it can be overwhelming.

Stop by Monmouth Coffee Co. for a cappuccino. Get it to go and walk around the market.

Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House

If you’re looking for a sit down meal near the market, go across the street and visit Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House. The staff is very knowledgable about their seafood. I took the chef’s recommendation for which oysters to order and our server recommended the whole fish. Both suggestions were spot and and delicious.







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