Hello, from Scotland! I am here until Thursday on pure vacation with family and am trying to enjoy the social media break but you’ll find me uploading a picture or two to Instagram during my visit. 🙂
We started in London and did not have nearly enough time with just two nights.
We toured the “Royal” parts of London with Fat Tire Bike Tours. I loved this activity. The trip took about 4 hours and only cost 20 pounds. We got off at each site and while we did not go inside any sights, it was perfect for an extensive overview.
Afterwards, we rented bikes from the shared bike system for 2 pounds to get back to our hotel which was faster and prettier than a taxi or subway ride. My only regret is that we did not have time for two tours and as a result I missed out on the Tower of London. I love Tudor history and was excited to see some sights from Henry VIII’s story.
Our first morning, I got up and went for a 5 mile run around the gardens nears our hotel which we ended up revisiting on bike later that day. It reminded me of London’s version of Central Park, perfect for morning exercise.
After breakfast I fueled up for my busy day at the hotel. Breakfast was included, but usually I bring my own oatmeal packets to save money when traveling. I wanted to post the picture below with the caption, “One of these things does not look like the other…” I was surprised to find fresh pressed green juice on the continental breakfast menu! The kale, watercress and pineapple green juice was delicious. The breakfast room was in a Michelin starred dinner restaurant so I assumed the pastries must be delicious and worth the splurge. They were. I also had a little smoked salmon with goat cheese and under those berries is muesli.
Per the recommendation from Ashley (A Healthy, Happier Bear), we visited the Borough Market on our last half day in London near the London Bridge. This place had my name written all over it. It was like an upscale farmers market complete with wine, oysters and everything in between. For lunch I followed Ashley’s lead and ordered the veggie burger from The Veggie Table. It was one of the best I have had. Roomie got the duck sandwich and also enjoyed his lunch.I did not get anything else because we had to get to the airport to leave for Scotland but was impressed by all the healthy options. A few of my readers/viewers have commented in the past that England did not offer many options for health conscious eaters and I totally found the opposite. This juice bar was packed at the market.If I had more time I would have bought myself a vegan, gluten free cupcake! They looked delicious.
I am now in Scotland and will share some tid bits later but wanted to get up at least one post about my London experience.
Since we are travelingtraveling with family, I haven’t been able to do my usual “Sarah Fit” scope out on all the healthy spots around town. I have however found delicious options every where I’ve gone and loved how active I’ve been on the trip. To keep up with my marathon training, I’m running every other day for about 5-6 miles. It’s been nice to take a little break from the super long distances. I got in a 20 miler the Wednesday before we left and have a 22 miler the Saturday I get back. My last long run before the marathon… CRAZY!
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Julie O'Neil says
Good to see you’re having a fun AND healthy time in the UK! I went to London for 3 weeks this summer to study abroad and had the time of my life! There are definitely a lot of health choices there (though I must admit, I didn’t always make the healthy choice) and so many amazing parks to run in. Definitely a nice change of scenery from my usual roots. Hope the rest of your vacation is great!
I always find that dealing with my gross workout clothes when I’m travelling is difficult…sometimes I wash them in the sink and then put in a plastic bag and then try to hide it from my husband so he doesn’t find them because he gets grossed out. When I read your post I was curious about what you do about the running clothes.
Enjoy the UK!
maritza rivera says
Hope you are able to enjoy every minute of your vacation..I’m sure you deserve it. :o)
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
I actually found London to be very healthy with a lot o great options! Have a wonderful vacation! Enjoy the time away.
Welcome! Great pics, I LOVE Borough Market and it looks like you found my favorite vendors!! I am an expat wife from Chicago here for just a few more months. (Been keeping busy with the sights and my own blogging!) The weather is great, and you are doing the city right! Enjoy!
Amanda @ Positively Amanda says
Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 I’m so jealous!