Mark and I spent our Christmas week in London with friends who were visiting from San Diego. As we couldn't make it back to the States for the holidays this year, it was nice to have a part of home on our side of the pond!
Mark, Steph, Brent and I rented a great flat in the Earl's Court neighborhood. With a kitchen and a nice living room, it was really fun to have the space to make a meal and spend time together.
The four of us arrived in London the Saturday before Christmas and checked into our flat. After investigating our home for the next week, the four of us met up for drinks with our friend Brad who Mark and I know from Lausanne. Sunday morning, Mark and I headed out to explore while Steph and Brent attempted to get over their jet-lag! We took the tube to South Kensington station and then walked from there through Kensington Gardens, stopping to see Princess Diana's memorial fountain and then onto Knightsbridge, one of the famous shopping districts in London. We enjoyed a delicious sushi lunch in the Harrod's food hall. I love Harrod's food hall and drag Mark to it every visit we make to London! It has an amazing array of foods and decadent desserts on display and every room you walk through is a sensory overload of beautiful, colorful foods from cupcakes to cavier!
Brent and Steph met us at Harrods after we finished our lunch and from there we walked to Hyde Park to check out the Winter Wonderland festivities. Finally, we ended our sightseeing day by walking down Oxford Street, another famous shopping area to view the Christmas lights.
After lunch, we continued with our sight-seeing day, stopping to peep through the gates onto Downing Street where the British Prime Minster lives. From there we passed the home of the Royal Horseguards and then onto to Trafalgar Square to see the "official" Christmas tree, given to England by Norway every year.
Our group split off so that Mark and I could do some shopping while Steph and Brent went on a photo safari! After more hours of walking, our tired legs made their way back to the apartment where our housemates were, still recovering from jet-lag. Steph made a great Mac 'n Cheese dinner for our Christmas Eve meal and we sat down to enjoy a delicious meal and hang out for the evening.