First Stop… London Town!


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Tower Bridge. 2012. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Here it is, post #1… and I thought why not begin with one of my most favourite cities in the world, and the first place I ever used my passport, London.

Home to my favourite Royals, Harry Potter and some of the most amazing sights and adventures, London is simply incredible. From Kings Cross, to Leicester Square, Oxford Circus & Trafalgar Square, London has a vast number of areas and sites to explore.

Where would I recommend? Funny you should ask! By no means have I travelled London entirely, but based upon my own experiences my Top 7 would be:

  1. Buckingham Palace – This is the official London residency for Her Majesty The Queen and has played host to many Royal affairs. With 775 rooms, a very famous front balcony and the Queens Guard performing a Changing of the Guard ceremony for the public, Buckingham Palace is a London must-see. Arrive early if you want a good view of the guards as this place is always swarming with tourists.
  2. Tower Bridge – Taking an astonishing 8 years to build, the Tower Bridge is one of the most recognisable sites in London. You can take a tour inside and see how the bridge is raised and lowered and cross the walkway for stunning views of both sides of the Thames.
  3. Big Ben & House’s of Parliament – This iconic clock, tower & Parliament houses host an incredible London photo opportunity. Lighting is picturesque at sunrise (if you can wake that early) and sunset and arrive close to the hour to hear the chimes of Big Ben.
  4. Hyde Park – One of eight royal parks in London & one of the largest parks in London, Hyde Park is a must see. At its best in Summer, it is swarming with tourists and locals jogging, picnicking, napping and just taking in the beautiful gardens and attractions.
  5. The London Eye – Whilst I am absolutely terrified of heights, this still makes it into my top 7. When visibility is high, the views from each of the capsules over the River Thames are some of the best you’ll encounter in London.
  6. Trafalgar Square – The iconic Nelson’s Column can be found in Trafalgar Square with photo opportunities with the lions said to be protecting the column. You’ll also find the Fourth Plinth, one of the smallest Police Boxes in London & The National Gallery here.
  7. Oxford Circus – This area is always buzzing with locals and tourists and is one of the best shopping streets I’ve encountered. Featuring stores like H&M, Selfridges, Forever 21, Topshop, Zara & Nike Town, be prepared to spend some pounds on some incredible fashion, food & souvenirs.

For cheaper multiple attraction entry and to skip waiting in line purchase The London Pass whilst visiting London. There you have it folks, I’ll definitely post about London again, but this should get your curiosity going and make your feet that little bit itchy!

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Big Ben & Houses of Parliament. 2012. Photo credit A.Barton

All posts are by GlobalWhispers7 2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.

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