Before my relocation to the Netherlands, I decided to take a vacation and did a one-week trip to London. It was absolutely incredible and I already can’t wait to go back for another week. I rented an apartment near the Kings Cross railway station – a famous place in the city thanks to Harry Potter fans who visit the shop at Platform 9 3/4s and take a picture with the trolley in the Hogwarts Houses colours.
The most impressive thing about London is how a deep history of the town with old buildings comes together with the modern multi-story business centres. They play together extremely well, but sometimes your photos could be spoiled by cranes or scaffolds in the background. Especially if you wanted to take some photos in the center of the city because at present, a lot of significant buildings like the Big Ben is under reconstruction.
So if you’re going to travel to London, here’s a small list of where you can go and what you can do:
- If you want to look around the town and see it from a bird’s-eye view, there is no better place than the London Eye – a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. The structure is 135 metres tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres. Here, one can enjoy absolutely fantastic views especially at night when the whole town is highlighted with the million of lamps.
- “Changing of the Guards” ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It’s about one hour long, but it’s decently worth spending some time here. It’s better to arrive a bit earlier to take a good viewing spot, because it’s usually overcrowded.
- Visit the Westminster Abbey Museum. It’s a royal church in the heart of London where one can find a final resting place of some of history’s most important people like kings and queens, poets, scientists who were the key figures in the Scientific Revolution, and others. Moreover, the stunning Gothic architecture could impress even well-traveled people.
- Eat the traditional English breakfast. Usually it includes bacon, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and toasts. The idea of the English breakfast as a national dish goes right back to the 13th century and hasn’t lost its popularity in today’s day and age. You can find it in almost every cafe in England, so don’t miss the opportunity.
- Get lost in the center. Probably the best way to explore the city and get the feel and atmosphere of the town. Just spend a few hours walking around and taking pictures of the nice houses, doorways, streets and red buses with black cabs.
– Artem Sholokhov