London, the city that will always have a spot in my heart.
Perhaps, London is the first city that I traveled to all by myself.
Perhaps, is the gloomy rainy weather that I enjoy.
Perhaps, the more I try to understand, the more London beckons to me with fresh mysteries.
I FINALLY have the time to document everything I enjoy about London. P.S it is pretty weird how I never write about London even though I’ve been there three times.
Get Oyster Card
Transportation cost in London is super pricey so make sure you travel around using public transport. You can either purchase it online in advance or get it at any Tube station. There is a daily price cap, once you have reached this limit, you don’t need to pay any more (excluding MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus where there is no capping).
London Eye (First Day)
I always love starting my trip with London’s popular touristic sites. And my usual first destination is the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. You can either go for sightseeing or take an approximately 30 minutes ferris wheel ride and have a closer look on this gorgeous city. The London Eye ride is quite expensive as it costs approximately 30 pounds but the views are definitely worth it. Though pricey, if you purchase it online, you can actually save a few pounds.
Big Ben, Houses of Parliament & Westminster Bridge (First Day)
After London Eye, walk to the Westminster Bridge to admire the iconic and majestic Big Ben. You can either admire the incredible architecture from the outside or you can actually book tickets online for a Houses of Parliament tour inside the Palace of Westminster. I will suggest you to come by during the sunset or evening again as the night view is absolutely breathtaking!
I would suggest you to take a long stroll from Houses of Parliament to the Buckingham Palace. On that route, you get to see Westminster Abbey, the extraordinary church where Prince William and Kate Middleton get married but also a final resting place for many famous people. Not to mention, there are many gorgeous buildings that await to wow your senses.
Buckingham Palace (First Day)
Reach no later than 10.30am at Buckingham Palace to grab a good spot to watch the famous changing of guard ceremony. The ceremony always begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30am sharp. Please check the confirmed dates when planning a visit as time may vary from time to time. Buckingham Palace is also the official London residence of the Queen, and it’s the only one royal palace which is still fully operating today. You can purchase tickets here to tour the palace’s lavish state rooms and see all the exquisite furnishings, sculptures, and paintings.
Admiralty Arch (First Day)
After visiting Buckingham Palace, head towards the Admiralty Arch, where Trafalgar Square is just on the other side of the archway.
Trafalgar Square (First Day)
Trafalgar Square is one of London’s most vibrant spaces in the middle of the city. It is surrounded with museums, galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings where you can soak yourself in this vibrant ambience.
China Town, Leicester Square and Soho (First Day)
After a half day of wondering around, it is time for food! If you miss Chinese food or want to soak in Chinese culture, I will strongly recommend you to visit London’s China Town. You can explore a vast array of delicious authentic Asian cuisine here. After grabbing your meal, walk around Leicester Square and SOHO as both are very near to China Town. Leicester Square is an entertainment area with cinemas, restaurants and theatres. Whereas, Soho is a great place to find live entertainment, interesting food and pulsing nightlife.
Piccadilly Circus (First Day)
In Osaka, you have the Giant Glico man sign. In London, you will see the display of giant screens with various advertisements.
Covent Garden (First Day)
Covent Garden is a must-go destination for anyone who enjoys shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture. I always go there for Amorino Gelato and Whittard tea shopping.
Neal’s Yard (First Day)
Neal’s Yard (just a few minutes walk from Covent Garden) is definitely one of the best hidden gems in London. It’s easy to miss, but it would be unfortunate if you did.
Tower Bridge (First Day)
Tower Bridge is one of the London’s most famous landmarks. Many often confused it with London Bridge. I would highly recommend you to check out the bridge lift times before visiting. I love visiting Tower Bridge around sunset as I get to see the Tower Bridge lights up as the darkness falls.
The Shard (First Day)
End your night with the jaw-dropping night view of The Shard. The Shard has the highest and best view of London as it gives you the unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles on floors 68,69 and 72.
St Paul’s Cathedral (Second Day)
Start your day fresh by paying St Paul’s Cathedral a visit. St Paul Cathedral was constructed between 1675 and 1710 and it is surrounded with gardens which gives you a wonderful setting to relax your feet and admire the church’s beauty. If you plan to have a small picnic there, grab your coffee or savoury from Paul Bakery which is just right beside St Paul’s Cathedral. Their macarons and hot chocolate are divine.
Millennium Bridge (Second Day)
Take a walk to Millennium Bridge to enjoy a different look on the cathedral as well as London’s skyline and the River Thames. Don’t forget to take a moment to admire the brilliant architecture and engineering of the Millennium Bridge. Fun fact, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you should definitely check out this place as this was the bridge which terrorised by Death Eaters and The Half- Blood Prince.
At the end of the Millennium Bridge, you will find Tate Modern, the art museum.
Borough Market (Second Day)
If you’re a foodie, don’t you dare to skip Borough market, the oldest food market in London. Have a stroll first then decide which to go for.
Poultry & Game – Fresh Seafood (Oysters)
La Tua Pasta – Tortelloni Wild Boar
Monmouth – Coffee
Sky Garden (Second Day)
Sky Garden which is also known as the walkie talkie, is an impressive space that offers panoramic views of London city. The best part is the access to Sky Garden in London is free. However, there are a limited amount of tickets available each day and therefore you are required to book a ticket in advance.
Notting Hill (Third Day)
From adorable gardens to colourful houses, Notting Hill is one of the most Instagrammable places in the city.
Portobello Market (Second Day)