Tuesday, May 8, 2012

London City Guide: Activities

Trafalgar Square

It goes without saying that there are tons of amazing things to do in London, and I certainly don't claim to know them all. But for a long weekend, we sure managed to pack a lot in, see the major sights, and explore some neighborhoods (not to mention a meeting with my company's office in London). My biggest tip would be to buy tickets online ahead of time. For bus tours, the London Eye, and the Tower of London (and maybe more) you can buy tickets for discounted prices online and then skip what can be immense lines the day of, it was totally and completely worth it. 

For a first time in London, I think taking a double decker bus tour, although the epitome of touristy, is a great way to see a lot of sights, get your barring and orientation on the city, learn some of the vast history surrounding you, and rest your tired self after a redeye flight. We chose the Original Tour as it has live guides, numerous bus routes, and on/off privileges for 24 hours. It was a perfect way to spend our first afternoon.

Some of our other favorite activities were the London Eye Farris wheel which offers great views of the city and picturesque photo-ops, the audio tour at Westminster Abby (well worth the 45 minutes, pricey entrance fee, and any line to get inside), the crown jewels at the Tour of London, and walking through St James's Park on our way to Buckingham Palace. All that said, our favorite moments were spent strolling through different neighborhoods that captured our hearts like Convent Garden, South Kensington, Marylebone, and Mayfair.

Of course there are so many more activities, neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops in London making me feel like we barely scratched the surface. Oh well, there's always next time, right?

xx Molly

Houses of Parliament

Westminster Abby

The London Eye

Sweets shop in Convent Garden

London at night

Strolls through St James's Park

The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels

Tower Bridge

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