British Invasion

The Audley entrance sign

London Hilton Park Lane

Today we landed in jolly ol’ Great Britain and were greeted with cloudy skies and drizzle (as expected). Our overnight flight from Raleigh-Durham International to Heathrow International was long but uneventful. We checked in to our 5-star luxury accommodations at the Hilton Park Lane hotel and were assigned a wonderful room overlooking the famous Hyde Park of London. This officially kicks-off of wedding/honeymoon celebration and I am so excited to be here!

After sleeping for just a few hours we decided to go find a British pub for drinks and dinner. The skies were clear of rain and only a few clouds remained. We walked through the neighborhood to a highly recommended pub in Mayfair called ‘The Audley’. Eric ordered the quintessential “bangers and mash” and I had their highly touted 9-layer lasagna. Both of the dishes were very good and the atmosphere was just terrific. As we sat at our small table in the corner the bar filled up to capacity with Brits just leaving from work on a Friday evening.

The Audley is an immaculate late Victorian pub that fits perfectly into classy Mayfair. The exterior is clad in pretty pale pink terracotta tiles. Large arched windows with turned hardwood frames are decorated with boxes of flowers and tumbling ivy. Inside is just as lovely. It’s more like a gentlemen’s club than a pub. Dark wooden panels cover most of the walls. There are some intricate carvings and glazed tiles. Original crystal chandeliers hang beneath an ornate plaster ceiling. A long hardwood bar counter serves the two bar areas. This pub was constructed in 1882.

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