THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
Every day, I find something new about London. It is a vibrant, fun and exciting place to live and probably rather daunting for a tourist arriving for only a few days. Like my trip to New York, most people will be set on seeing the main tourist attractions. My suggestions are set out below.
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- Go to Westminster and see Big Ben, walk to Whitehall and make your way to Buckingham Palace.
- Go on a cruise of the River Thames
- Walk from London Bridge via Borough Market where hundreds of street food vendors offering you a wide range of cuisines and many stalls offering homemade produce, whether it is cheeses, meats or fudge. Expect it to be busy but it is worth a visit. Then walk down by the River for around 30 minutes (taking in the views) until you reach Southbank where the London Eye is (look out for 241 tickets in advance). There are normally street performers in Southbank and sometimes comedy festivals, live bands and more street food stalls.
- Go to see a show at the West End. Visit bustling Piccadilly Circus and go to Leicester Square and visit Soho and Chinatown
- Go to a park – especially if it is warm go to St James Park, Green Park or Hyde Park and wander through away from the bustle of London.
- Visit Covent Garden Piazza for street performers, cute shops and tons of restaurants and bars.
- Head East and go to Brick Lane to see the markets, street food, curryhouses and graffiti art. Whilst nearby, go to Spitalfields market where they sell clothes, books, antiques and more.
- Head West and visit Notting Hill and Portabello Market.
- Book tickets in advance for free entrance to the Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building by Fenchurch Street in the City. Whilst there have a look at the tall Heron Tower and the Gherkin.
- Climb the 311 steps to the top of Monument which was built after the Great Fire of London (only £3!)
- Go to the View at The Shard or just go for a cocktail in one of the restaurants below and still see the same stunning views and get more for your money.
- Go to museums for free – The National History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A are all in South Kensington and the Tate is by London Bridge.
- Go shopping at Oxford Street and Regents Street.
- Climb the top of the O2 in North Greenwich with harnesses and / or get the cable cars. Visit Greenwich Village (separate place) afterwards and go Greenwich Park, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory.
- Visit the beautiful St Pauls and get the lift at One New Change to the top to see lovely views of St Pauls.
- Visit the Tower of London and visit the walkaway over Tower Bridge.
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