I like London. We have visited London many occasions on our travels. I, Caroline, lived there for two and a half years from 1997-99 on a UK Working Holiday Visa.

I lived within the East finish of London educating in a number of colleges. I arrived not lengthy after graduating from University and really shortly discovered the truth of educating.

It was the right coaching floor for me. If I may survive educating within the East End, I may survive educating anyplace. (I’ve since taught in four different nations. Check our put up on teaching overseas)

I labored casually so I may have much less obligations and unencumber my time for journey, Europe explorations, and having fun with the vibrancy of London life.

Thriving Metropolis

I had probably the most unimaginable time living there and forming friendships with folks type all around the world. I lived in a home with as much as 25 folks from totally different nationalities: French, Welsh, Italian, Irish, South African, Australian, English – it was full of enjoyable and lots of journeys to the native pubs and enjoyable locations in London to drink.

Oh the tales I may inform!

London has a lot going for it.

Amazing historical past, nice vibrancy, and an power to rival any main metropolis all over the world. It’s additionally a fantastic base for exploring the remaining of the UK and Europe.

So what’s it about London that retains us going again? Well my recollections of course. Who doesn’t without end wish to be related to them.

It has been far too lengthy since we’ve been again and hopefully subsequent yr (2021) we’ll get to take our women and introduce them to what was as soon as my beloved house.

Below are our highlights of locations in London I cherished and visited incessantly, PLUS, some suggestions from our Facebook neighborhood members.

Places you’ll love to go to in London

Covent Garden

convent garden london
Bustling Convent Garden

Located within the coronary heart of the West End, Covent Garden is a well-liked purchasing and leisure web site.

Enjoy the great road performers that entertain and the native road market. It’s superb and you’ll simply spend the entire day there.

My mates and I’d incessantly go to the Belushi’s Bar. The authentic opened right here in 1993 and my recollections ingesting jugs of Thunder Trousers outdoors on the pavement on a sizzling summer time’s day are candy.

Since then they’ve grown to have bars throughout Europe – sadly not one is in Convent Garden. Check out locations here.

The Punch and Judy Pub is one of London’s most iconic pubs with an higher ground balcony, which is especially good in summer time particularly for folks watching.

Camden Markets

Camden Lock Markets
Camden Lock Markets

One of our favourite native London sights out is heading to Camden Town in North West London.

It’s a sea of leisure and overflows with a spread of open-air and indoor markets, outlets, eating places, bars, pubs, golf equipment, theatres and cinemas.

There are nice offers available, and the folks watching is top quality. The city attracts huge crowds of Londoners and vacationers alike and there is all the time one thing taking place.

Sunday, particularly, is a superb day for visiting the markets and stopping into one of its many pubs for a day beverage.

Visit the London Parks

Saint James Parka and palace London
Saint james park and Palace, london

Quick, the solar is out, let’s head to the park. It doesn’t occur usually so get pleasure from it when it does. London has lots of parks for you to select from.

St. James’s Park is the oldest Royal Park in London and provides one of the most effective views of Buckingham Palace. It’s very inexperienced and can also be surrounded by Westminster Palace and St James Palace.

It’s fairly a pleasing stroll from Parliament to Buckingham Palace by means of this park on the way in which.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are facet by facet and are huge and embrace the ever common Diana Memorial Playground and the Peter Pan Statue.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Queen's guard - Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK
The altering of the Guard on the Buckingham Palace in London, U.Ok

A go to to London shouldn’t be actually full with out seeing this army custom.

The Queen’s Guard in London adjustments within the Forecourt contained in the gates of Buckingham Palace at 11.30am daily in the summertime and each different day within the winter.

Try to get there early and think about the spectacle from outdoors the entrance gates.

Buckingham Palace is Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence and has been the official London residence of Britain’s sovereign since 1837.

We advocate you go to the royal State Rooms and marvel at sculptures, work and complex English furnishings.

Click here for tickets.

Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission each 15 minutes all through the day.

Tickets are legitimate solely on the date and on the entrance time specified on the ticket. Regrettably, latecomers can’t be admitted.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Trafalgar Square is the biggest sq. in London and one of its most well-known London sights.

It’s an iconic sq. with many sights together with Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and lots of different statues and sculptures.

It performs the function of each a vacationer attraction and the principle focus for political demonstrations.

The sq. is legendary for its pigeons, however their inhabitants has dropped since measures had been put in place as they had been thought-about a well being hazard.

It can also be the place the place you catch the evening buses after the final tube has left and also you missed it since you had been too busy with that final pint within the pub. You ought to see how busy it’s down there then.

Westminster Abbey

Westminister Abbey catedral from below, London, United Kingdom
Westminister Abbey catedral from beneath, London, United Kingdom

This 700-year-old constructing within the coronary heart of London is a should see.

It is steeped in British historical past having performed host to many Royal weddings, together with the latest of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

It’s the ultimate resting place of seventeen monarchs and is a really spectacular trying Gothic constructing with stained glass. It actually is gorgeous each inside and outside and worthy of a go to.

Click here to get your tickets to the Abbey. 

River Cruise to Greenwich

View over Greenwich with Canary Wharf in the background
View over Greenwich

It’s a traditional picture alternative: have your picture taken standing on the Prime Meridian Line at Greenwich.

Head up the hill to The Royal Observatory and within the courtyard is a metallic strip the place you stand over the road and will be within the japanese and western hemispheres on the similar time.

You can get to Greenwich simply by prepare or bus, or by taking a ship down the Thames.

For the most effective expertise, go by river, climate allowing, and return by rail.

Not solely will your youngsters benefit from the boat trip, however you’ll get to see the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

You’ll be touring the Thames – the historic water freeway from London – as royalty have traveled to Greenwich for a whole bunch of years.

Also, arriving by river places you within the excellent place to start exploring Greenwich.

By water, the journey is about 30-60 minutes every manner. You can get on board sightseeing cruises at Waterloo Millennium, Westminster and Tower piers.

Greenwich has many sights; the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Gypsy Moth and Greenwich Market are just some.

It has some excellent pubs too, and the Trafalgar is one of them. This magnificent Regency fashion pub was inbuilt 1837, the yr Queen Victoria got here to the throne.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival
Photo: Steve Chilton

Notting Hill, made well-known by the film that includes Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, however all the time well-known by Londoners, is a district to observe the cosmopolitan world go by in a single of its espresso outlets, earlier than some high-end purchasing or extra of an alternate really feel at close by Portobello Markets.

The finest technique to expertise Notting Hill is on the very fashionable “Caribbean style” Notting Hill Carnival held each August. It’s an explosion of shade, costumes, vibrancy, dancing and enjoyable!

The Windsor Castle pub (Notting Hill) is claimed to be the most effective pub within the metropolis. Get there early to get a desk.

Richmond on the Thames (hidden gem)

Richmond on the Thames
Thames, Riverside, Richmond, London, England;

A favourite day trip in London was to take the tube to Richmond and stroll alongside the Thames River and have a beer or two.

The stroll by means of Richmond city centre, alongside the river and up Richmond Hill to the park may be very lovely and also you’ll quickly see why for a whole bunch of years it has been a favorite retreat of Royalty, the wealthy and the well-known.

The frontage round Richmond Bridge has lots of cafes and pubs for you to get pleasure from some quiet riverside life. The space can also be near Royal parks and historic homes, theatres, museums, and galleries.

Shop Oxford Street

LONDON-SEP 20:View of Oxford Street on September 20, 2011 in London. Oxford Street is a major road in the West End of London, UK. It is Europe's busiest shopping street, and as of 2011 had approximately 300 shops

Brave this well-known purchasing district of London if you happen to dare.

Oxford Street is a significant highway within the West End of London, UK. It is Europe’s busiest purchasing road, and has roughly 300 outlets.

Be ready for crowds so thick you’ll need closely greased elbows to plough your manner by means of. If you like purchasing although, you’ll love the high-end shops that line this one and a half mile purchasing mecca.

I simply cherished strolling by means of right here window purchasing and other people watching.

Get misplaced within the many London Pubs

It is admittedly arduous to advocate pubs in London as there are so many of them and so many which are nice.

I’ve simply chosen a number of of my favorite, incessantly visited watering holes for you to take a look at.

Waxy O’Connor’s in Leicester Square

Waxy’s is one of our favourite London pubs to go for its heat environment and quirky decor.

It is a labyrinth of four distinctive bars overlaying 6 ranges all linked collectively by a maze of staircases and passages. It’s recognized to be the most effective Irish pub in London.

Spend time within the tree room and be transported right into a magical pixie land sitting amongst tree branches and tree trunks carved into seating space. And the beer choice is fairly good although. Come early as this place will get packed.

Truly A London icon to not miss. Learn more here.

Have a pint on a ship on the River Thames

Tattershall Castle
Photo: rpmarks

I used to be initially going to advocate the Queen Mary, however have sadly found she has been moved.

As quickly because the solar got here out in London, you possibly can assure our vigorous group would head all the way down to the Queen Mary moored on the Thames at Embankment for a pint of snakebite or two within the solar.

It was a fantastic day and generally evening out.  Truly value it.

Get your tickets for the River Thames cruise.

Walkabout Pubs

When I lived in London, the Walkabout was known as the Outback and there was just one of them in Covent Garden.

During my time there increasingly opened up all through town and now they are often discovered in every single place all through the nation.

Another antipodean place, which does attract guests from all around the world, it’s a excellent spot to get your Down Under repair, hearken to stay music and have heaps of enjoyable with fellow travellers. Find a location here

Circle Line Pub Crawl

Try it if you happen to dare. There are over 30 stops on the Circle Line. Get off at every cease and head for the closest pub.

Drink solely half a pint (consider me by cease 5 you’ll notice why) after which transfer to the subsequent one. I did it with an enormous group and made it much more enjoyable by creating guidelines for every pub.

If you broke the rule you had one other drink. Just see if you can also make it the entire manner spherical, we definitely didn’t.

Weatherspoon Pubs

Weatherspoon pubs are scattered all through all the metropolis (and nation). These pubs don’t all the time have probably the most taking place vibe and environment, however they do have actually low cost foods and drinks.

For these on a finances you would possibly end up gravitating to those pubs for an inexpensive evening out.

The South Bank

London, England the UK skyline in the afternoon. The London Eye on River Thames
London, England the UK skyline within the afternoon. The London Eye on River Thames

The South Bank space has many of the well-known landmarks you’d want to see on a visit to London, together with the London Eye and the Tate Modern, alongside this stretch of the River Thames, from Westminster Bridge to London Bridge.

The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament are solely a brief stroll down Whitehall from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

The constructing is beautiful from Parliament Square, nevertheless it’s value taking a stroll over Westminster Bridge and getting the view from the South Bank.

Big Ben is definitely the identify of the bell within the clock tower (St. Stephen’s Tower), which chimes each 15 minutes.

If you’ll be able to by some means discover your manner inside a great place to have a drink is the bars from throughout the homes of Parliament. I knew somebody who labored in there and was capable of sneak her in for a number of with the toffs. An excellent expertise.

Save Money on London Attractions

The London Explorer Pass

offers you free entry to 60+ prime London sights, Hop on and Off sightseeing tour, and quick observe passes at common London sights. 

Get yours and save money on travel to London.

The London Sightseeing Pass

Our favourite of the vacationer low cost playing cards is the London Sightseeing Pass for their flexibility and variety. They provide entry to prime London sights, plus quirky native excursions, and reductions on purchasing and consuming out.

See more information and get your pass here.

More London highlights

Below are suggestions from members of our fb fan web page:

  • The National Gallery with free admission is a should see! http://nationalgallery.org.uk/
  • Bloomsbury is a implausible space with heaps of museums, historical past, and locations to eat. Afternoon tea is nice too – on the Ritz if you happen to’re feeling flash, or the Charlotte St Hotel for a less expensive however nonetheless glam different.
  • Frevds on Shaftsbury Avenue, little jem of a cocktail bar. A Long Island Iced Tea for £6 and that’s low cost for London. Great vibe and wonderful bar workers.
  • The Borough market (http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/) is a superb place to go to if you’re a foodie it’s a should. Open on Fri and Saturdays I feel. From there you’ll be able to stroll alongside the river and a few historical past alleyways to the Tate fashionable artwork. Even if you’re not arty-farty that can also be a should see.
  • Have pizza at Dickens Inn at St Katherines Dock (subsequent to the Tower of London) – it’s unimaginable!
  • If you’re into music then Denmark Street is a must-visit too.
  • Great curries or implausible bagels on Brick Lane. Check out the views of London from Alexandra Palace (referred to as Ally Pally domestically!). Sing karaoke in Leicester Square and soak up some nice tradition on the Tate Modern on the South Bank…then stroll alongside South Bank. Enjoy my hometown!
  • I cherished Borough Market, watching a superb Shakespeare manufacturing on the reconstructed Globe Theatre and strolling across the Hampstead High Street, then having fun with a stroll on Hampstead Heath and a pub lunch on the edge of the park.
  • For airports, I want Gatwick. It’s smaller and simpler to get round, though dearer to get to (Gatwick categorical prepare is round £15 every manner, I feel; I selected it as a result of I had an early flight out that morning, however there are in all probability slower, cheaper methods to get to/from). From Heathrow, you’ll be able to take the tube £four to/from town, though it takes an hour to the middle.
  • Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms are fascinating. Love strolling alongside the South Bank (cease on the Tate Modern after which have lunch close to there), see a play on the Old Vic. A lodge I like is the Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street. I like rather a lot about London, really. Really good view is from the higher walkway of the Tower Bridge. The ferry to France is an pleasing technique to go to and from England.

More London Travel Tips

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Plan Your Trip to London

Accommodation

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Flights

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  • Scott’s Cheap Flights are nice for discovering superb low cost flights.

Car Rental

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Tours

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