Time for another Honeymoon Week post! This post is Part 4 in a 6 part series chronicling my honeymoon from last summer.
Catching up on previous posts?
We started our next to last day in London with breakfast at The Troubadour, a “proper” café down the street from our hotel in Earls Court.
Open since the 1950s, The Troubadour is a coffeehouse and cafe upstairs and a music club downstairs where Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon all played in the ’60s. We ordered a pot of tea and planned our day. When our food arrived, it was impressive.
Jacob ordered a traditional English breakfast:
2 eggs, 2 sausage, bacon, beans,
mushrooms & fries
Yes, it was as good as it looked.
Except the mushrooms which are always gross even in England.
After breakfast we made our way to St. James’s Park outside of Buckingham Palace to catch a view of the Trooping of the Colour.
Trooping of the Colour is the official birthday celebration of the Queen. We had seen the rehearsal earlier in the week, but the real deal proved to be even better than we had hoped.
When we got to St. James’s Park there were thousands of people lined up to try and see the ceremony. Jacob and I actually ended up splitting up and I was able to squeeze my way to the front row.
Trooping the Colour is carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.
After the massed bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.
The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.
Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force. *more on that in a moment
After the ceremony was over the crowd dissipated and luckily Jacob and I were able to find each other easily.
We walked to the nearest tube station and hopped off at Covent Garden.
On our way we passed some street performers.
There was a model search going on just outside of the Central Market. Obviously, they tried to recruit me but I had to decline. We had too much to do for me to waste my time signing a silly contract ;)
Remember that military flyover I mentioned? Yeah, we didn’t know about it and almost had heart attacks when we were strolling through Covent Garden and jets starting circling overhead.
A former fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden is now a popular shopping center with cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market called the Apple Market.
Soon we found ourselves famished and decided to try lunch at The Golden Hind. The Golden Hind is a casual little restaurant that’s famous for its fish and chips. It was the one place Jacob requested we go while in London. After getting lost a few times we finally found it but it was closed! Apparently they are open really random hours and we had just missed lunchtime.
Not to be deterred we grabbed lunch in a nearby pub before heading back to our hotel room to get ready for the second celebration of the day.
The Trooping of the Colour ceremony also happened to be the day that England had its first game of the 2010 World Cup. Against the United States.
Needless to say, they take soccer pretty seriously in England, so the entire city was overtaken with World Cup paraphernalia the entire time we were there.
Awesome Manchester United jersey courtesy of Josh & Alex
Opting not to get into a bar brawl with a drunk ‘football’ fan, we quietly slipped into a table at the back of the pub down the street from our hotel. The bar was packed and before we knew it the game had begun.
Fun fact: Jacob and I were cheering for England (you know, the whole not getting beat up thing) and the guys next to us thought we were British. Jacob was totally talking to them in an English accent and they bought it. At one point the guys next to us were making fun of this dorky (obviously American) tourist who was chanting U.S.A. and laughing about it with Jacob. Hilarious.
I didn’t take any pictures because we wanted to enjoy it and blend in, but we do have video footage to prove Jacob pretended to be British for an entire soccer match.
The United States and England actually tied 1 to 1 in the match, but for us the day was definitely a win.
I’ll be back tomorrow with our last day in London!