An Anglophile Plans Her Dream Trip To London With The Help Of #GogobotTravel

An Anglophile Plans Her Dream Trip To London With The Help Of #GogobotTravel

An Anglophile Plans Her Dream Trip To London With The Help Of #GogobotTravel

Hello all. My name is Kimberly and I am an Anglophile.  A what you may ask? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an Anglophile is “a person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain”. “Fond of” does not even begin to describe my affection for “all things British”. This love began in elementary school during a World History class. I remember feeling awed by the gorgeous Tower of London, the traditions of Parliament, the fabulous Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and of course Buckingham Palace and it’s inhabitants.

So what do you do when you’re in awe of a country? You write a letter to their government leader of course! In the sixth grade, I hand-wrote a letter addressed to Queen Elizabeth. In this letter, I described my yearning to visit her country, drink “real” English tea, and ride the London Tube. Yes, I actually mailed the letter. About two months later, I received a piece of mail that had the British royal seal on it. I carefully opened the letter and was immediately stunned.  Typed on royal stationary {this was the 1980’s}, the Queen thanked me for my love of her country and hoped that someday I would be able to visit. And yes, the letter contained the Queen’s actual signature. Wow!

Much to my parents chagrin, my love for England did not fade away. I expressed this love in many ways. I had tea time after school. I ate scones. I woke up VERY early on a Saturday morning to watch Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed live on television. I watched Sarah Ferguson’s wedding as well. I purchased books on England and read them voraciously. I ordering clothing from London. I organized my schedule so I could watch British television shows {The Benny Hill show, Doctor Who, Are You Being Served? and A Little Princess}. I worshiped many British rock bands {too many to list} and er, um, men with British accents ;). See where I’m going with this?

My senior year of high school, I started planning a backpacking trip through England with my best friend. After graduation, the trip was cancelled after the friendship ended. From then on, whenever I attempted to plan a visit to merry ole’ England, things like college, job commitments, and lack of funds always found a way to interfere with my plans. Thirty years later, I am still an Anglophile but one who has never visited England. Ridiculous and sad right? It certainly is so here’s what I’ve decided– I’m going to plan a trip to London, England and work on making it happen. Want to come along for the ride?

With the help of gogobot, I definitely have an idea of where I want to stay, places I want to visit, and restaurants I would like to eat at.




Gogobot is  a social travel site that launched in 2010. This site allows you to plan your travel visit ahead of time. You can also connect with your friends to get their advice on where to visit, what to eat, and where to stay when you travel.  The company has been named one of Time’s top sites of 2011 and in 2010 the site received a Crunchie award for Best Design.

My Dream Trip:  London, England

Where I’m Staying

The Novotel London Tower Bridge is a four star family friendly hotel near the Tower of London. The hotel has an in-house restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include a sauna, fitness facility, and steam room. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas {in London, I will be disconnecting from the computer so limited public access is not an issue for me}. This hotel is within walking distance of several popular tourist attractions.

What I’ll Be Visiting In London

Multiple Sclerosis will not be interfering with my planned activities because after all, this is a dream trip!

  • Tower Bridge on the Thames River
  • Big Ben {I will cry when I see this in person}
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Buckingham Palace {do you think the Queen will invite me in for a spot of tea?}
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Hyde Park
  • Harrod’s department store {it’s a retail store on the pricey side but I must purchase something}
  • London Eye {I’m not a fan of heights but I’m willing to give it a whirl}

IMG_4448 - London Eye

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Madame Tussaud’s
  • Big Bus Tour
  • House of Parliament
  • Kensington Gardens
  • Piccadilly Circus
Where I’ll Be Eating:
  • Hard Rock Cafe:  this is where it all started!
  • Patisserie Valerie:  coffee and pastries galore please
  • Zuma
  • Pizza East
  • The River Cafe
  • The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay {yes, that Gordon Ramsay}
  • a few random pubs/cafes

Wow! Did you have a great time? I know I did! Here’s the souvenir I brought back for you~













Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.

And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.

The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.


  • Reply
    Christian Alejandro N.
    November 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Hahah, I love the souvenir bear! I need to cross over london from my bucket list! It’s been on the list so long! Gotta get out there.

    • Reply
      November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Christian! I know the feeling…..Must–get—to—-London—–ASAP!

      One day—->I have faith!

  • Reply
    Richard Hicks
    November 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    A trip to London is on my bucket list of things to do. So much history there and want to ride that huge London Eye too!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Oh my goodness Richard—doesn’t the London Eye look fab?! I hope we both get to cross it off our bucket lists real soon 🙂

      The history is amazing isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post. I appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Clara K
    November 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Sounds lovely!! I totally just read all of that in a british accent 😀 I’ve never been to England either, unless you consider all of four hours inside of heathrow on the way to germany being in england… And I love the part about the letter to the queen 😀 i always love the feeling when you comment on a youtube video and the singer, etc takes the time to reply 🙂 anyways this post really made my day, thanks for sharing!! 😀

    • Reply
      November 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      LOL Clara! I totally wrote this with a British accent narrating in my head 😉

      I agree! It’s awesome whenever someone famous takes the time to notice us.

      Thanks so much for reading and for your kind comment!

      Hugs xx

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