Hannah Drake

Valentine's Day in London

TravelHannah Drake

It was a complete accident that I landed in London the morning of Valentine's Day. It's never really been something I've cared much about and Luke doesn't really care either, so it certainly wasn't planned that way. But we still had a lovely first Valentine's Day in London nonetheless.

After Luke picked me up from Gatwick Airport, we spent some time finding parking and walked to Victoria Station for lunch. Unfortunately, I broke my #1 travel rule having lunch at a Subway, somewhere I could go at home. But when you're that hangry, it doesn't matter much. I had seen Peggy Porschen Cakes on Instagram and decided to hit up their totally Instagrammable shop while the floral heart wreath was still up. We had a short walk to Peggy Porschen where we waited in line behind other tourists for a picture with the wreath. Luke was such a good sport! Since we were already there and how can you say no to cupcakes, we popped in for a cupcake. Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with the cupcake itself. I've definitely had better. Actually, I've made better!

We made a plan for the rest of the afternoon and decided to walk to Covent Garden. Luke was a good sport again because my main reason for wanting to go was to check out the floral swing again, for the Insta. We rode the tube to Oxford Circus and walked through China Town to Covent Garden, where we got macarons from Ladurée and watched a bit of a street performer. We got the picture on the floral swing and then jumped back on the tube to go to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, something I had missed last time I was in London. Unfortunately, we arrived just as the Tower was closing and weren't able to go in. We walked around to see the Tower Bridge and then got back on the tube to go back to Victoria Station since it was almost time for our reservation.

We drove through town to a sushi restaurant closer to Luton Airport and enjoyed our first Valentine's Dinner together. We really enjoyed the fact that this restaurant played Shania Twain's Come on Over album on repeat the whole time we were there.

By the end of dinner, I was exhausted and my feet hurt tremendously. We had one last stop to make to pick up a hair dryer and a hair straightener with a British plug for me, but we were able to find an Asda (Walmart in the UK) and get one before heading to our hotel to get some rest before our flight to Copenhagen the next morning.

I was sad to miss out on one of my favorite Valentine's Day traditions because I was abroad. My dad always sends me, my stepmom, and my siblings a single red rose and a "roses are red..." poem. But he had it delivered the day I got back to work, over a week after Valentine's Day. What a great dad!