Hello all! :) Although I live in London, there’s so much to it as a tourist. I have quite a few tips for visitors who plan to travel to London. I keep this list for all my guest and thought it would be worth sharing it for people planning to come here.
I’m a traveller who absolutely believes in maximising the day.
Must-do-sights in London:
- Tower Bridge (aesthetically beautiful compared to the London Bridge. But since there’s a song named after the London Bridge you might as well see it. It hasn’t fallen down yet FYI) Vegetarians – eat at Velo (Vietnamese Food) near the London Bridge (the closest tube station). It is fantastic! It also accepts the TasteCard which makes it tastier haha!
- London Eye – huge ferris wheel that should be known as the wheel of fortune. I wish I came up with that phrase but I can’t take credit for it Heard it on a tour where the guide was stressing on the ridiculous amount of value it wheels in (ok that was my own pun there! hahaha!)
- Big Ben – It’s not that big. LOL We happened to walk right past it to be honest.
- Westminster Abbey – where all the kings have been crowned. Beautiful buildings!
- M&M World – My definition of heaven. It smells great and puts you in a positive mood. I take all my guest there It’s in Piccadily Circus.
- Go on the hop-on-hop-off bus and view everything from a higher angle. It’s best to actually use it as a 2 hour guided tour rather than hop off it. I’ve done this twice and I preferred using it as a guide as I felt I made my money’s worth. You can see all the sites from here including St. Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and everything I’ve mentioned.
- Use the tube, buy an oyster card. The Oyster Card caps itself – so you can hop on and hop off different tube stations. This is the best way to cover all the major sites in the city by foot.
- Westfield Mall – has all the major shops without the push-and-shove in Oxford Street.
- Harrods – Use it as a sight-seeing mall where you can take photos. Go to the ground floor where there is a memorial of Princess Diana.
- Buckingham palace – I have been for the changing of guards once but I don’t find it worth while to wait in the crowd. I would rather watch it on youtube. However – the palace is gorgeous and you should definitely take a stroll to along Green Park to the Palace. If only I were invited in for afternoon tea
- Cool Britannia – Best shop on Piccadily for souvenirs and touristic photos!
- Walk, Walk, Walk. People who use cabs don’t explore a country at all!! Also use that money for extra yummy treats. hahahahaha
- Tinseltown – best milkshakes in London. It’s near Oxford Street on Great Portland Street.
Here are some pictures (I just love photos. I’m sure you must have noticed by now!):
Westminster Abbey. I tried an artistic shot but in retrospect it doesn’t look that artistic. LOL
The lovely Tower Bridge! And next up… The yummy food there. You knew that was coming
Absolutely love this cafe! The veggie summer rolls were very refreshing. The rice was good – but not great. I loved the Banh Mi Baguette. That was to die for. Like literally.
I would travel all the way there to eat it. Yes it was that good!! Ok so if you’re a vegetarian tourist you absolutely must eat a Banh Mi Baguette. Must. Must.
The M&M world. Ok not like I needed to type that out – I’m sure you could have figured that out… haha!
Hope future visitors exploring London enjoy it! Any further questions feel free to contact me