London but if you’re ever in London in a time crunch as well, here are my picks
of some of the best things to do! My train of thought was that there was no way
I was going to see everything so I had to pick my battles.
This guide focuses on things to see, eat, and photograph mostly around the City of London which is also known as the Square Mile! I did quite a bit of research as I wanted to make sure I had a
good plan and I’ll share some of the tips I wish I knew! Hope you’ll feel like a friend giving you a run down of what’s good and what’s not!
the center of London. I chose to go with Gatwick Express as it seemed the fastest
and most hassle free as there are no
transfers or stops. Oh also there’s free WiFi on board! To save
money, you can buy
your ticket online, I did this and it was pretty easy to pick up my ticket at
baggage and then through customs. From there you’ll walk into the arrival hall
and you’ll see clear signs for the trains to south terminal. Once you are at
south terminal there’s also pretty clear signs for the Gatwick Express. I was
really confused when I got off the plane though as there was no signage in the
stood on the platform looking silly for 5 mins until I realized that’s how the
compartment has an area to store your luggage.
twos although each compartment also has a few seats around a table. Your ticket is not
assigned to a seat so you can pick where ever you want. I arrived on a Tuesday
morning and the train was 90% empty! Also there’s no point real difference in
first class versus second class, so just save your money!
and from there you’ll see signage pointing you to the Underground trains! I
found the train to be a smooth ride and worth the extra money. Especially after
a long flight, it’s so nice to just sit and be able to use WiFi and not worry
out so I can make the most of my time in London. There are quite a few quick
serve restaurants at Bow Lane. They cater towards working professionals on
their lunch break, so the service is usually really fast and you can take the
food out with you on the go.
and a protein (I got peri-peri chicken) for 6.90 pounds. Some other good
choices in the area are Pull’d and Bep Haus.
in the life of a professional in London. Also, I really enjoyed people watching
and listening to the “British Accent”. (Do I sound like an ignorant
there is a nice outdoors area that you can enjoy your food.
nice to learn a bit more by visiting the St.Paul’s Cathedral. You can see the cathedral dome from across the city as the top galleries
are so high up and a definite landmark! Unfortunately when I was visiting, the top galleries were closed for
repairs so I wasn’t able to see the view from the top, but I’d imagine it to be spectacular! I was also in a rush as there was a special service that day but most
of the time it is open until 5pm.
also go up to the whispering gallery which is designed so acoustically you can
hear whispers from all the way across the gallery!
This was the first Cathedral I stepped into in Europe so I was definitely in awe with the details on the ceilings and the sculptures.
coffee. This coffee shop is set up inside a church and has a beautiful mosaic
at the front and high ceilings. Unfortunately when I was going, it was also
closing early and I was only able to get a coffee to go. But I’d imagine having a coffee and a break in here to be a great experience!
I thought it would be helpful to pick up some facts! The Museum of London is a quick walk away and is
free to enter although a 5 pound donation is suggested.
just get overwhelmed in museums though as there’s so much information! I did
learn about the big picture progression of settlements in this area which was enjoyable. The other fun part was seeing the remains of the Roman Wall right
outside the museum.
didn’t look too in detail but at least now I have an understanding of the
timeline of the city. I found the City of London to be really interesting as this is the area
where the Romans settled as Londonium.
this area. It is also interesting to see the contrast of the historic buildings
with the futuristic modern buildings. There are a few landmarks and since everything
is close by, it may be fun to walk around and try to spot all these buildings
this! This is where Diagon Alley was shot)
me of Harry Potter hah)
opportunities. Unfortunately I was by myself so I didn’t take any photos with
me in them but walking around to find cute instagrammable streets would have
been fun. I was a bit disappointed with Postman’s Park and St Dunstan in the East as
both are highly rated parks but there was nothing special about them.
photo, the Tower Bridge! You can walk on the bridge itself and visit the exhibit. But I think
it’s a prettier view to walk along the river. To get to it, follow the signs to
the Tower of London, and you’ll see the riverside walk way. A lot of people
will congregate at the beginning but if you walk further along the riverway
there’s less people and you can get a good photo.
Wharf. Our main plan was to go to Bokan which is a newly opened restaurant and rooftop bar in
There was nothing too special about it but it also wasn’t bad. Bokan however,
totally lived up to my friend’s recommendation. The view is gorgeous and the
drinks come in such neat presentations. Make sure you make a reservation though as there’s not that many seats available!
tumbler and with basil on top. The Imperator which came in a wooden box. Hendrick’s Teapot came with 2 sets of tea cups and the liquor in the tea pot.
There was dry ice in the tea pot so it looks like it was steaming. Overall, the
presentation was just spectacular!
floor where it’s outdoors and it would be amazing to go to in the summer time!
possible to visit Tower of London. The most famous exhibit is the Crown’s
Jewels. I would have also loved to witness the Ceremony of the Keys which requires a booking many months in advance!
Complimentary ticket was received from St.Paul’s Cathedral