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 🙂