Joel and I spent the first half of the trip in London, staying with my college friend Lauren and her British man in their Kensington apartment.
We mixed up the visit with some tourist bits, including a trip to Notting Hill Portobello Market
An early evening walk by The Tower and Tower Bridge
A bike ride through Hyde Park
And then a cruise by Buckingham Palace
A variety of off-beat strolls lead by Lauren, including a late morning walk through Brick Lane, the Indian/Pakistani district.
And a tour of their old neighborhood, Shad Thames
Following by drinks on the Thames overlooking the old + new architecture
Throwing back some beers and Pimms and their local pub
A tour of the mesmerizingly gorgeous Holland Park
And the peacocks who inhabit it