London can be an amazing place to visit. There is so much to do you’ll struggle to fit it all in, especially into a weekend. Although I did give it a good go! It’s great to explore and discover new and amazing things in a city although it’s also an advantage to know someone who lives in the area. Its interesting what hidden treasures a true Londoner will know.
I spent a total of 2 1/2 days in London last weekend. I travelled down on Friday and arrived at about 2.20pm at St Pancras Station, I stepped outside and thought to myself ”What an amazing city”. Then I started walking and realised I still have no sense of direction and instantly got lost, so I decided to stay put in a Starbucks until my friend arrived to pick me up for dinner! I know, I’m 23 years old and still can’t find my way around, let’s be honest I have a satnav built into my car and still can’t find my way around Nottingham where I’ve lived my whole life so how can I seriously make it around London? Even with navigation I tend to get completely lost, but that’s half the fun right?
The first night we went to a Burger place called Hache Burgers, now all I can say is it was amazing. The food was delicious, I had a beef burger, well done with caramelised onion and smoked bavarian cheese. Now I’ve never tried bavarian cheese before but I know I’ll be having it again … We also saved room for dessert by sharing a portion of sweet potato fries. This is an important factor as sometimes my eyes are too big for my belly and I end up with left overs for the next 3 days! Oh, when you have dessert consider the milkshakes, Oreo and Nutella what more could you ask for?!?
Rent a Brois Santandar Bike
Simple concept to grasp really, pay £2 to rent a bike for 24 hours and every 30 minutes afterwards cost £2. Little tip if you want to save money, dock it every 30 minutes and you’ll only pay £2 all day instead of £2 for every additional 30 minutes. Discover London the scenic way instead of sitting on a hot, crammed tube to get to each destination. Its also a great way to get some exercise in, because as we all know when you’re away for the weekend you tend to over indulge on sweet treats and great food.
Markets are one of my favourite places to visit, you never know what kind of things you will find. Hundreds of trinkets and gift ideas and general bits and bobs. Becky knew one stall would be there, I don’t know you might of heard of it. ABookOnOnePage, I didn’t think it was possible but apparently someone has managed it. There is alot of choice, whether you love Romeo and Juliet or my personal favourite Alice in Wonderland. They would look great on any wall!
Matilda the Musical
If you have an interest in musicals I would suggest you see Matilda! Becky and I saw it at the Cambridge Theatre in London and sat at the front of the dress circle which costs around £67 so don’t feel like you need to buy the seats right infront of the stage which are about £90. The performance was amazing and I was blown away by the musical talent of the entire cast. There are so many fantastic musicals on my list and I’m so happy I ticked this one off! Unfortunately no photos allowed during the performance but it’s a memorable experience!
Changing of the Guards
I’m English and I’ve never been to the changing of the guard ceremony, but now I have 🙂 Unless you get there early enough to get the best spot where you can see absolutely everything, there will be alot of tiptoeing and extending your arm to get a good photo. Although we were really lucky, when we were leaving they came down the main road so I got some close-up shots too!
Of course you have to do as the tourist do and have a photo with the guard! It’s tradition.
St James Park
St James Park is beautiful with all sorts of wildlife (mainly birds) like pelicans, geese and swans with the occasional squirrel thrown into the mix. Autumn is a great time to visit because all the leaves are shades of burnt orange and there is a slight cool crisp in the air. It’s a lovely view and worth the time to visit it while in the area!
Platform 9 3/4 at London Kings Cross Train Station
If you’re a Harry Potter lover this should be on your todo list when visiting London. I didn’t manage to get a photo because there were so many people! Imagine a Hogwards cart to carry your wand and owl, (yano the usual things you would have on hand) half way through the wall to look as if you’re going through Platform 9 3/4. Its definitely a great photo moment. Don’t make the rookie mistake I did and only leave about 50 minutes until my train, try going in the morning to beat some of the rush and maybe go when you don’t have a train to catch.