London the capital of the United Kingdom, It’s a sprawling city, covering 607 square miles and home to over eight million people.
My like for London turned into love on my most recent visit last Dec 2018. During Christmas time the whole city turns in to colorful wonderland, evenings are pretty awesome There’s no right or wrong time to visit London, but there are a few things to consider when choosing your dates. This being Britain, weather and daylight hours are usually the biggest factors. The best time to visit London is generally in the warmer months and over the summer, but Christmas is also a great season for visiting. London is expensive so I’ve tried to cluster activities as much as possible to minimize your time and money spent on transport. Luckily it’s pretty easy to see most of Central London’s main sights, so you won’t need to spend a ton of time on the Tube. That said, if you want to get out and explore some of London’s neighborhoods, you will need to hop on the Tube at some points. The London Underground is an iconic experience and I highly recommend using the Tube to get around the city when walking just won’t do. The city’s black cabs are notorious for being insanely expensive. Luckily, Uber did just get permission to operate in London again, which makes Uber a viable option.
Start at the iconic Buckingham Palace
Most people associate London with its traditional tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Rightly so. These famous London landmarks are symbols of England’s rich heritage and history and stand for the might and affluence of the British Empire. But there is a lot more to London than just these attractions.
After spending a considerable amount of time in London, I can say with certainty that the best way to explore the city is by walking around. Start from the famous Trafalgar Square area and while you are there, visit the National Gallery too. Work your way towards Westminster Bridge, covering the Horse Guards Parade on the way. If time permits, stop and say hello to Mr. Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street! As you walk ahead, several mighty structures like the Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Houses of Parliament await you. Now that’s a lot of walking and you might want to sit and relax somewhere, maybe have a nice cup of coffee at the nearest Starbucks or Café Nero & I found some good Indian restaurants too. I was able to capture some awesome picture few are below.
Here’s a list of my favourite things to see/do in London:
- Walk down the South Bank, starting from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. You might also like to stop for waffles or fish and chips on the way.
- Hop on to the London Eye for the best view of the city.
- Visit the Tower Bridge area and be awed by the magnificence of Tower Bridge standing majestically over river Thames.
- Take a boat trip from Tower Bridge to Greenwich.
- Join a themed walk. You can choose from a variety of options, my favourite was Jack the Ripper.
- Visit Covent Garden for its shops and for the largest Apple store in the world and the Jubilee Market for arts, antiques, gifts and other trinkets.
- Go to My Old Dutch, an amazing little place for mouth-watering pancakes in the Holborn area.
- Borough Market, one of the largest food markets in London with a large variety of foods from all over the world.
- Canary Wharf, a major business district of London and home to some of the tallest buildings in United Kingdom
My London Diaries will continue another day when we explore the back streets of the city like a true Londoner. You will discover that it is these quiet parts, still almost village-like, which have the greatest charm, stuff most guidebooks of London don’t tell you. Until then, watch this space!