Europe: London, Day 1

This article contains affiliate links that I receive compensation for at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting my site!

Following my shuttle adventure, my flights to Manchester were pretty uneventful. Nobody tried to sing to me, and nobody tried to kill me. I used miles to fly on U.S. Airways in first class and Envoy the whole way. Between it being off-season and having the US Airways credit card, the ticket was only 55,000 miles, which is a fantastic deal.

port and ice cream 500x299 - Europe: London, Day 1

Port and Ice Cream for dessert

We were slightly delayed coming in to Manchester, and then we had to wait a while to get a gate, so after flying through passport control and getting my bag, I only caught my train to London with about 15 minutes to spare. I believe I could have just used my ticket on the next train, but it was better not to find out.

irn bru jaffa cakes 500x836 - Europe: London, Day 1

My traditional first meal back in the UK: Irn Bru and Jaffa Cakes

In London, I stayed at a hotel in Limehouse, which was convenient, at least until it was time to head to St. Pancras to get the Eurostar (more on that in my next post). The London transportation system is so easy to use that you can stay pretty much anywhere, as long as it’s near a station. The one drawback is that it only runs until about 12:30 or so, which can make it difficult to get home if you stay out late.

On Friday afternoon, following checking into my hotel, I headed to Shoreditch to explore. I had been trying to find a restaurant that a friend had recommended, but not remembering the name or the exact location made it okay. In the end, it was fine, since I ended up stumbling upon Pieminister ( in Boxpark ( for an excellent steak-and-Guinness pie.

steak and guinness pie 500x299 - Europe: London, Day 1

Steak and Guinness Pie at Pieminister

pieminister 500x836 - Europe: London, Day 1


Boxpark itself is an interesting concept of small, pop-up shops, though in actual execution it seems heavily dependent on major brands that are trying to look cool. After a quick walk around, it was time to wander further, at which point I found that there is a new Brewdog bar in the neighborhood. Brewdog ( itself deserves a separate post, since I’ll be visiting it at least a couple of times once I’m in Glasgow at the end of my trip. Suffice to say, the rest of the evening was spent drinking some great beers before heading to my hotel for a good night’s sleep, aided by the beer.

More posts from this trip:

Europe 2013: And so the trip began
Europe: London, Day 1
Europe: London, Day 2
Europe: London to Paris, Day 3
Europe: Paris, Day 4
Europe: Paris, Day 5
Europe: Paris, Day 6
Europe: Paris to Nice, Day 7
Europe: Nice – Cote d’Azur, Day 8
Europe: Nice – Monaco, Day 9
Europe: Nice, and Nice to Rimini, Days 10 & 11
Europe: San Marino, Day 12
Europe: Rimini to Lake Como, Day 13
Europe: FARTing around the Alps – Locarno & Domodossola, Day 14
Europe: Como to Zurich, Day 15
Europe: Liechtenstein & so much more, Day 16
Europe: Zurich to Luxembourg to Bruges, Days 17 & 18
Europe: Bruges, Day 19
Europe: Bruges, Day 20

Did you find this information useful? Make your own travel plans using the links below & support my site at no extra cost to you! Thank you for your support!
All Travel TripAdvisorimage 5616389 12205838 1461262625000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Expediaimage 5616389 11916097 1452549382000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Pricelinei.ashx?foid=1061665 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Travelocityi.ashx?foid=1061665 - Europe: London, Day 1
Flights Airfarewatchdogimage 5616389 12335034 1446048188000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | BookingBuddyimage 5616389 11295046 1454342930000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Cheapflights.comimage 5616389 10807971 1440511376000 - Europe: London, Day 1
Hotels Hotels.comimage 5616389 10429755 1461777394000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Booking.comi.ashx?foid=1061665 - Europe: London, Day 1 | Trivagoimage 5616389 11662161 1427705140000 - Europe: London, Day 1 | AirBnb

As always, you can follow me on e-mail, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to get all of my latest updates.

Like this article? Subscribe to my weekly e-mail & never miss anything!

Also, follow me on social media to get the latest updates:

  • Leave a Reply