How long have you planned to go to visit London? This is our guide to the best of London!
For all of you that since young you learn how to dream, please never stop to do it. This was my dream since I was child: London. The big city also known by the best seller book and movie of Harry Potter. Big city right? A city who’s got his charm but like all the big cities even some defects.
Even if London is the biggest city in Europe, it is clear with a good guide you can easily see the best of London in few days, but be ready to walk a lot. First of all, the weather, but what we can do. This is the most typical problem for all the tourists, it could be too cold and always raining but think about us. We are coming from the south of Italy where we always had sun, where during Christmas time we had 20 degrees. But, I have to say that is not too bad.
If you are planning your holiday and you are thinking about London I’ll suggest during springtime or even better summer, where the day is long and is not getting darker at 3 pm. But London is always beautiful even if is winter.
The first thing that you should know about London, especially when you will lend is that is got 6 airports and all of them well connected with the city centre.
We have London City, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Southend. The last one was open for few years and is the most far away, but in the past two years is growing a lot. For the rest of it there a lot of easy ways to reach them, by tube, by bus ( which I’ll suggest booking via EasyBus), and by train. More or less they are about the same distance, let’s say half an hour, it always depends how you want to travel, of course, if you will choose the train I’ll be quicker.
Once in the centre, if you will stay more then three days the best solution it will be to buy an oyster card. Please forget about all the ideas that you have about public transport because it is completely different. In London is the best metropolitan system, where every two minutes you have transport even if is a pick time. As we said the Oyster card is the most common solution. You can travel from zone 1-2 which the cost is £34.80. It seems like a lot of money but I have to say here to spend this amount of money is really worth.
The best of London – WHAT TO SEE IN LONDON
The first thing that you could think about London is the famous “London Eye” where you can see London and all the shadows. The closest tube is Westminster close to the Parliament where you will find the “Big Ben” as well, the symbol of this big city. Walking around you will discover a lot of amazing places where you can relax and forget about the rest.
We will suggest you a nice walk along Southwalk. You can start this walk in front of Westminster and it will end in Tower Bridge, passing by the famous St. Paul Cathedral and London Bridge.
My favourite place here? Well, it will be always the SKYGARDEN. From this place, free access, you can see the best of London and print in your brain this amazing landscape on the city. Is located in the heart of the city, easy to reach it and the closest tube is Bank. The ticket is free, but you must book in advance, especially during summer period is always busy. It’s a huge skyscraper where once you will arrive on the 35th floor, trust me, it will be amazing.
As the access is free, you can book the ticket only online and just for the month not for the following one. Usually, there is no restriction about the time, so if you spend more then an hour don’t worry about it, nothing will happen. You can stop by and go to the bar for a drink, it won’t be cheap but at least you will enjoy the most beautiful panorama. The cost of the life here in London is expensive but when we are talking about shopping nothing is too much. Of course, you cannot miss the best shops in the city, like Piccadilly, Regent St, and Oxford.
Be ready to spend a full day of shopping, starting from Trafalgar square, stopping by Starbuck or costa with a coffee and following towards Leicester Square, where you will find your happiness, the M&M’s store.
SHOPPING IN LONDON
Once arrived in Leicester Square you will walk to Piccadilly, where in the middle of the square there is Eros’s statue and from there towards Regent Street and you will enjoy all the shops around it. For example, if you have kids, or not, there is Hamleys, five floors of toys, puzzles, and legos.
After spending one hour in this shop you will reach Oxford Circus, where on your right-hand side, next to Marble Arch door and Tottenham Court Road, here you go the biggest Primark ever. Do you know what is it? A woman’s dream, accessorize clothes, everything that you might need for men, woman, and kids. Be careful men when a woman goes to Primark be ready that it will be the end.
THE MOST FAMOUS PARKS – The best of London
After this beautiful day even if tired, the best option will be going to one of the best places ever in London. Hyde Park. It won’t be Central Park but is one the biggest park of the English capital. For sure, most of you might don’t know that in this park there is Peter Pan statue, and the tradition is that to find it you need to get lost. This park is on the boarding of Green Park.
Another big park, where from there you can reach the queen castle “Buckingham Palace”, where on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday you can see the change of the guard, every morning at 11. If you are planning your visit during Christmas you cannot miss the Winter Wonderland with all the amazing markets. The access is free, and the cost of each game raffle is £5 to £8. It is a different way to spend time with your friends or family, with a beer or a sweet.
Those are just a few tips if you are planning your trip and see the best of London. For someone who lives here is different and sometimes difficult, because when you are writing about your “city” you might not find the right words. For someone who doesn’t live here, it could appear stupid or trivial but the magic of this city is that every moment, person, a day is special.