London Through My Eyes

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.

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Travel Tip:

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)

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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)

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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!

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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China Town, Leicester Square and Soho  (First Day)

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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)

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In Osaka, you have the Giant Glico man sign. In London, you will see the display of giant screens with various advertisements.

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Covent Garden  (First Day)

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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.

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Neal’s Yard  (First Day)

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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)

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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.

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The Shard  (First Day)

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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.

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St Paul’s Cathedral  (Second Day)

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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)

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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.

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Borough Market (Second Day)

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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.

My favourites: 

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Poultry & Game – Fresh Seafood (Oysters)

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La Tua Pasta – Tortelloni Wild Boar

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Monmouth – Coffee

Sky Garden (Second Day)

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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.

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Notting Hill (Third Day) 

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From adorable gardens to colourful houses, Notting Hill is one of the most Instagrammable places in the city.

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Portobello Market (Second Day)

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On weekends throughout the year, crowds stroll the two-mile stretch of  Portobello Road Market. Colourful terraces are interspersed with antiques shops, buskers, historic pubs and clothing stalls. Straddling the antiques and fashion markets (which are busiest on Saturdays) are the old-fashioned and charming produce markets, the calls of fruit and veg sellers helping give the place a Dickensian air.

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Kensington Palace & Garden (Second Day)

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With formal gardens, water features and 265 acres of parkland, Kensington Gardens must be one of the most beautiful of the London parks. It somehow gives off an intimate feel, due to its association as the ‘back garden’ of Kensington Palace, home to many members of the Royal Family.

Sunken Garden (Second Day)

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The breathtaking sunken gardens beside Kensington Palace which were laid out in 1908 and are enclosed by a shady walkway of rose covered arches and hedges is definitely my favourite.

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Pavilion, Kensington Palace (Second Day)

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After sunbathing at Kensington Garden, it is time to enjoy a fancy meal at Pavilion. The risotto is definitely my favourite.

National History Museum (Third Day)

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If museums always call your name, you’re in luck. Most of London’s best museums are free. One of my personal favorites is the Natural History Museum.  You’ve got to take a few moments to appreciate its architecture, both inside and out.

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Victoria and Albert Museum V&A (Third Day)

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Of the many museums in London, there were three that I found myself returning to again and again. Victoria and Albert Museum is definitely one of them.  Victoria and Albert Museum focuses on fashion and decorative arts, two things which I have strong passion in. The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in London’s “museum quarter” in South Kensington. Both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are only steps away, making it easy to visit all the museums in the same day if you’re limited on time.

British Museum (Third Day)

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If you’re a fan of Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb was filmed on location at the British Museum. The British Museum is the largest museum in the United Kingdom with a collection of eight million objects. Its collection holds artifacts from many civilisations, from the beginnings to the present.

King’s Cross Station (Third Day)

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King’s Cross Station is a major railway and underground station in London. Located right next to King’s Cross St Pancras Underground Station and St Pancras International Station for the Eurostar. You must be thinking why bother to visit a railway station? First, it has underwent a multimillion dollar development recently and the design turned out to be magnificent. Hence, if you love architecture definitely check out this station.

If you’re the fan of Harry Potter, make sure you check out the platform 9 3/4,  where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizard catch the Hogwarts Express.

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St Pancras International (Third Day)

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After you’ve checked out the Harry Potter platform 9 3/4 and King’s Cross station, walk to the next building which is the St Pancras International. If you’re traveling to London from Paris, Brussels or some continental Europe, you’ll definitely stop by this station as it is the home to Eurostar, London’s high speed train. St Pancras international is widely known for its gorgeous Victorian architecture and the 3 iconic statues which has been featured in numerous dramas and movies.

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Shoreditch (Fourth Day)

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You’re going to find nothing short of cool kids, freelance life designers, bustling markets of every kind, sensational food joints and trendy hotspots with lots of people to mingle with whilst drinking a cocktail (or two) here in Shoreditch.

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Take a stroll at Brick Lane to take in some of the area’s most impressive and creative murals, with Redchurch Street and Shoreditch Triangle boasting the best of the bunch.

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Wembley Stadium (Fourth Day)

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Even though I’m not a fan of football but my dad does. Hence, we decided to accompany him to fulfil his dream (lol). Home to England’s national team, the name ‘Wembley’ is recognised by everyone. The iconic new stadium, which opened in 2007, has an incredible capacity of 90,000. In fact, it’s the one of the largest stadiums in Europe.

That’s all for this travel guide, I hope you find this helpful. For more travel blogposts, check out -> here

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