09 Aug London – The Capital
You can’t visit the UK without going to London. The capital has so many amazing sights, things to do and places to eat and drink. The different areas of the city each offer a different experience. I’m going to run through a day that you could have in London.
My first place to visit in London when I arrive is always Camden Market. Camden is a colourful and quirky part of London. As you step out of the Underground station you’ll see painted buildings and markets all around you. The market itself offers food, drink, clothes, art stalls and more to visitors, either inside or outside. I always buy lunch here as the food stalls offer foods from a range of countries and culture. From classic burgers to tia curry, dutch pancakes, Mexican, tapas and much much more. After eating, I then head inside the market to browse the stalls for a cheap, good buy.
Next stop on the tube is Hyde Park, a place of natural beauty. I will usually take a stroll through the park and then find the perfect spot on the grass to sit down and have a coffee in the sun and take in all that is around me. There is so much you can do at Hyde Park however. From riding a hired ‘Boris Bike’ through the park, boating on the lake, heading over to speaker’s corner known as a spot for those to express free speech and debate since 1872.
Oxford Street is definitely next on my to do list. The famous shopping street has everything you will need as there are high street as well as designer shops stretching right along the street. At Christmas the shop fronts turn into a festive wonders.
There are so many option for eating out for dinner in London. There are hundreds of restaurants for you to choose from. Personally I usually visit a chained Italian Restaurant like Prezzo or Zizzi and use my student discount. But you will never have trouble trying to find a restaurant. A couple of other popular London restaurants are: Five Guys, The Duck and waffle, MEATliquor London.
For drinks I always up for trying new cocktails bars or rooftop bars; and London has loads to offer. My all time favourite roof top bar is the Sky Lounge on the top of the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel (London Bridge). The view was unbelievable! If you’re looking for a cocktail bar I would recommend the Alchemist. Where you can try colour changing cocktails, smoking cocktails, some never before seen creations as well as the traditional cocktails.
To end my day in London I can’t help but heading down to the Embankment (opposite the London Eye) for a walk along the riverside reflecting on the day I’ve had. What better way to end the day than with a view of the London Eye, Big Been and the riverside lit up at night.
It is impossible to see everything that London has to offer in just one or even a couple of days. It is also impossible for me to mention everything in just one blog. However bellow are other notable places to visit whilst in London.
- House of Parliament (I would highly recommend doing a tour if you are able to)
- Piccadilly circus (although the lights are currently switched off due to buildings works)
- Covent Garden
- Soho and Carnaby Street
- Brixton Boxpark
- London Olympic Stadium