Hey all! I’ve never really thought about heading out to the capital on my travels as its so cliché and I’m not one to stick to the rules, I’m a born English woman who has never even looked at London out of a car window let alone explored it, but there are a few things on my bucket list that I want to do there so I thought Why not!
London is one of the most expensive cities in Europe! So honestly if you don’t have a few pretty pennies on you, you’re going to find it hard to get around. It’s also, more often that not, wet and rainy. If your lucky in the months of July and august you may get dry weather at temps of about 25’c which is nice when it happens.
With London being filled with bustling tourism and a huge population (compared to where I’m from) I found the streets rather intimidating. However even though the streets are busy and crowded the city life absorbs you and you get used to it very fast, with friendly locals and amazing differences in scenery around every street corner its hard not to enjoy London!
Mayfair – This is a neighborhood built for class, with its street’s lines with tailors and posh clubs and is known for its art.
SoHo – an amazing part of London that’s filled with lively jazz and blues clubs, when I heard that fact alone I knew I had to go and visit! Its known for its fashion forward residents that like to party!
Camden – An alternative scene to London, This places has a mixture of markets, music venues, quick bites and boutiques. It also seams to be a favorite spot for people who like to show off their differences, which I must say I admire so much!
Westminster – This is the tourist center of London, it has the main sites that are on most people’s bucket list. From the houses of parliament to Buckingham palace. This is the reason London is so popular.
Shoreditch – Well known for its Vintage vibes. Hipster coffee shops fill this street as well as lay back bars and Street art!
Southwark – Packed full of cultural history, such as Shakespeare globe theater and the Tate modern, an art museum, and if that isn’t enough to lead you there, its also packed with delicious food stalls and you can even take them tasty treats down a riverside stroll.
Pro tip* If you’re traveling around London the underground (tube) is fantastic don’t get me wrong, but some towns are within walking distance so use you feet over other transport methods you can save money and not miss the sites this way, look into distance when visiting London as the underground map isn’t very clear on how long it will take you to get from one place to another. The underground goes for Heathrow airport right threw to the city center. You can also take the bus around, some of the open top double Decker’s are amazing around the sites but even just normal buses can give you the same experience. I tend to avoid black cabs as they are expensive, the most expensive way to travel around London, however most except card and can get you closer to your destination most of the time.
Places to stay!
Finding places to stay in London can get trick especially if you’re like me and have children in tow, however you can find one or two places that can help you keep your pockets filled as well as being comfortable, However, if luxury is your thing then I’ve also got your back!
Hotel 41 – I’ve put this at the top as its hugely well known for its class and I’m going to put the fact of it sitting right behind Buckingham palace, it needs to be on ever guide! It has beautiful rooms and free complimentary snacks and canapes for its guests $$$$ Extremely Luxury
Kennington B&B – This is a hidden gem just a few minuets away from Kennington station the rooms are clean and semi spacious, and it offers breakfast which is super tasty. $$
Generator – This is a vibrant hostel where dorms are all painted to give funky vibes and has quirky lighting and décor, you can either stay in a dorm or a private room. $
The Z hotel – Caught in the SoHo action, this hotel is even on the cheaper end of London’s prices, especially for being next to so many attractions! $$
Pro tip* If you’re a budget traveler and these prices are still a little too pricey for you, you can always use AirBNB or check out trustedhousesitters both sites are amazing and can get you cheap if not free accommodation if you’re not picky.
Best tourist attractions in London!
When it comes to traveling, whether that be Holidaying or backpacking and everything in between, most of you will be interested in hitting the best tourist attractions that you can! So, have a plan before you go of things you must see, things you’d like to see and bonus things. (that’s the way I do it anyway)
Buckingham palace – Obviously this is one of the biggest reason’s tourist go to London, it’s the queen’s home. It’s not just HRM headquarters it’s also filled with historic art work and amazing history.
Shard – This is a huge building in London, the biggest in London actually, and the view from the top is breath taking.
The London eye – this huge Ferris wheel lets you see an amazing view of London taking about 30 minutes to get around giving you chance to take in the view, take as many pictures as you need and let you have an amazing experience to tell your friends and family.
Tower bridge – There’s more to this bridge than meets the eye, you can actually go inside it and see the engine rooms. And to top it off it has a glass floor platform above the drawbridge!
Big Ben – The iconic clock is well known throughout history unfortunately you can take a tour inside the clock due to maintenance but it’s still a bucket list must have for most tourists & travelers.
The tower of London – this is an obvious one. Being known for family friendly activities, gruesome stories and amazing history, this one is defiantly good for those with children!
Shakespeare’s Globe – I’m a huge fan of Shakespeare’s work and I’ve always wanted to go to the globe to see an outstanding performance. With history tours as well as shows I recon this is a must see.