London is a very common destination on bucket lists. Because it’s beautiful, international, famous but also mysterious and fabulous.It’s true, that it can be a little too crowded, and full of tourists (*bleah*), but
you will find something that you like in a big city like London, I promise!
SO LET'S SEE SOME BASIC INFO
London is the capital city of UK
usually, visa is not required as a tourist, but check it out before you go
if you are from an EEA country or from Switzerland, then you can go with your ID card (you won’t need a passport)
United Kingdom uses 230V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G
the weather is usually quite warm, but rainy, so check it out before you start to pack.
United Kingdom uses the British pound (symbol: £), code GBP
almost everywhere you can use a credit card (mostly Visa, MasterCard and Maestro, but you can use other cards as well)
the tipping is not expected, but you can leave some extra if you’re satisfied with the provided service.
the WiFi coverage is quite good, so most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
don’t forget to bring your European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC) which allows you to receive medical treatment with the same cost as if you were a citizen of United Kingdom. If you don’t have this card then I suggest to buy health insurance.
on the roads, you have to drive on the left side.
the public transport in London is quite good, and not that expansive, so if you wanna save some time, I suggest to make an Oyster Card.
HERE'S A MAP OF WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN LONDON.
(I will write about how to use this map: how to download and how to use it on your smartphone when you’re in London)
Now I’m gonna tell you in a few words about my favourite places I’ve been to in this city. But if you are interested in the historical, artistic or architectural background of these places, please use Google. 😛
Portobello Road market.
You like flea markets, huh? Well, this is one of the best I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen some). On Portobello Road usually the crowd is huuge, but heey, you can find all kind of awesome stuff there. Basically, this a looong street, divided into smaller parts by different categories, like antique stuff, food, clothes, old cameras, shoes and a lot of other stuff.
The antique market usually gets into full swing at around 8:30-9: 00 am on Saturday though some dealers may set up earlier. If you want to avoid the busiest crowds It’s best to arrive before 11:30 am.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum.
If you’re a fan then you should definitely visit 221b Baker Street. The truth is that I couldn’t go inside because I didn’t have time, but it looks pretty cool (I googled it :D). Open every day from 9.30am – 6 pm and the entrance fee is: for adults £15, and for children £10 (under 16 yrs).
I really like that in London you can always find some green area. So, if you get tired of sightseeing or you just wanna eat your sandwich you can just look for the nearest park, and have a little break. 😉
One of my favourite park in London is Hyde Park. Mainly because of the amaaazing atmosphere. You can just sit on a bench and watch other people doing their thing. (this may sound a bit weird, but for me, it can be quite interesting)
I know, I know… The Buckingham Palace is a must-see in London. And it is a really unique beauty. It is!
But to be honest, for me it was a bit too much. But still… if you go to London, probably this worth a visit.
Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.
Do you know that feeling, when you see something, and after that, you need to tell someone, how indescribably beautiful it is…. but you simply can’t? Because it is so breathtaking… So please, do not miss these places if you travel to London…
- Westminster Abbey. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – the 700- year-old building is a must-see living pageant of British history.
- Palace of Westminster. This is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace (and by the way, the tower is officially Elizabeth Tower).
London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Westminster Bridge.
Have you heard of River Thames? It’s a quite big river and it goes through the city. Therefore, in the last few centuries, the English people built up some awesome bridges to cross it. Clever, huh?
So yeah, the in the city there are some super-duper bridges, which are waiting for You! Each of them is different so keep that in mind when you decide where to go.
The British Museum and National Gallery.
The truth is, that usually I’m not the museum/gallery-type of person, but a friend of mine convinced me to visit these beauties.
If you are interested in history and arts, but you go to London for just a weekend, probably it won’t be enough for you… So plan your visit in advance if you are curious <3
Kings Cross, platform 9¾.
Okay, I have to admit, that I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I can’t imagine life without the wonderful universe that JK Rowling created in her books…
Soooo if you think that I might be a bit crazy, then please don’t go to the platform 9¾. It is full of magic wands, supercute plushies, chocolate frogs and Bertie Botts beans… ooh oh, I almost forgot that you can make your own personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter! Isn’t that the best thing???
Once I will try it, I swear! But unfortunately, I couldn’t go up to see the city from the London Eye. But if you have the chance, please do not miss it!!
This is pretty cool, right?
(if you would like to have a great view of London, but you think that the London Eye is too expansive, check out the Sky Garden below)
This is the BEST PLACE IN LONDON! It’s unbelievable how awesome and beautiful it is in itself.
Is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360-degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open-air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden.
You can enter for free, but you’ll have to book your access in advance.
If you have time for this (because it’s a bit further from the centre, but you can get there easily by metro), and the weather is good, then you should go to the Greenwich.
Here you can find the Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory and there are a lot of things that you can do here. And the view it’s pretty good as well.
WHERE TO EAT/DRINK
If you want to save some money, I would suggest you to go to an ASDA, or a Sainsbury’s and buy something to cook (if you have the possibility). If you want to try something more “English” than search for a place where you can eat fish and chips. They know how to make it! <3
Honestly, I got to this market just by mistake, and it was probably my best mistake.
It’s London’s oldest food market and besides fruits and vegetables, you can have some great hamburgers, cheese, sweets, and all kind of delicious food.
I told you about the Sky Garden because if you go up there you can have an amazing view of this city. BUT you can have some great coffee as well, or some croissant for breakfast (but it’s not the cheapest place in London).
Franco Manca pizza.
This is a small pizzeria in the centre. You can eat here a really fantastic pizza for like £7-8.
In London, there are millions of things that you can do. Endless places where you can eat or drink. I listed up all the things I’ve seen and I’ve tried. But…
If you have any other suggestion, what you think it should be on this list, please leave it in the comments below (or DM me) and I will add it (to the list and to the map as well).