A Full Day in London: Kensington Palace, Portobello Road, and the British Museum

Our third full day in London was another jam-packed one. After showers and breakfast, we headed to King’s Cross to hop on the tube and head to Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace

The Lovely Kensington Palace!

To beat some of the crowds, I purchased our tickets online ahead of time and we arrived at Kensington Palace promptly at its opening time of 10:00am. The queues were already forming when we arrived, so I cannot recommend this enough.

Kensington Palace is the home of the Young Royals and is a very entertaining tour. It’s what you’d mostly expect; ornately decorated rooms and displays on the history of the royal family.

One of the ornately decorated rooms in Kensington Palace

When we visited in 2017, we were also lucky to catch the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. This exhibit was extremely busy and it was difficult to get close to the displays, let alone snap very good photos, but it was very interesting!

A display of dresses from the Diana: Her Story exhibit

Kensington Gardens and the exterior grounds surrounding Kensington Palace are very family friendly. As we walked to the nearest tube station on to our next destination, there were many families having picnics, playing catch, and riding bikes. There were many food and drink stands and it was a really nice atmosphere. If you have some time for leisure, I would recommend spending it on the grounds surrounding Kensington Palace.

We spent about two hours at Kensington and we were on to our next spot!

Portobello Road Market

A glimpse down Portobello Road

Portobello Road is an awesome spot to spend an afternoon! As the world’s largest antiques market, it’s an infamous spot, not to mention a great place to snag a souvenir or two! At the very least, it’s a great place to take a stroll and people watch. Portobello Road is also part of the Notting Hill neighborhood, where you can find many Insta-worthy houses to pose in front of!

We popped into one of the pubs along Portobello Road to have lunch and regroup before heading off to The British Museum.

One of the first buildings you encounter along Portobello Road

The British Museum

The exterior of The British Museum

I cannot say enough good things about The British Museum! If I had to recommend one and only one thing to do or see in London, The British Museum would be it.

It was a Friday when we visited, and The British Museum had extended hours until 8:30pm. We arrived in the early afternoon, already tired and sore, but it was our goal to stay until closing because there are just that many interesting things to see there!

The exhibits on Ancient Greece and Rome are the highlights in my opinion, and you can’t set foot inside The British Library without marveling at The Rosetta Stone.

Jacob in front of an Ancient Egypt artifact

An artifact from Ancient Greece

We tried our hardest to stay until 8:30, but the day had simply gotten the better of us. We left at around 7:00pm, grabbed another takeaway dinner from King’s Cross, and headed back to our hotel.

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