So I missed four weeks of posts, and it’s time I paid up. Don’t worry, in three days time you’ll have them all!
If you had to visit just a few places in London, where would you choose to go? Here are some of the top must-see places. Sure, there’s a bunch of “real London” to be seen, but if you’ve only got a couple of days, you’re going to want to make sure you hit these places!
The London Eye
We went on October the 11th, for International Day of the Girl, when the Eye is pink! Of course, the plan was just to go see it… I mean it’s £20 to ride it, and that is kind of crazy. But you’re there and it’s so beautiful… just don’t expect to visit it without wanting to actually experience it! (PS. Big Ben is just a bridge away!)
The Tower of London
It’s cheesy and fun and beautiful. The crown jewels are there and some huge diamond that somehow we missed and didn’t get to see.
A Ride on the Thames
The Thames Clippers cost less than £5 for us, as our Oyster cards gave us 10% off (and student Oyster cards get 33% off).
The Greenwich Meridian Line at The Royal Observatory Greenwich (and Greenwich Market)
OK, so you want to be in the Eastern and Western hemispheres at the same time? Great, just go to the top of the hill and look to your right. It’s kind of hidden there behind a gate! (Or you can pay to go inside and do that whole adventure, but we were on a schedule and had to head out!)
Also, stop by the market on your way back… it has delicious food and churros that you can fill with caramel or chocolate. YUM.
My favorite American style food joint, mostly only ordering chips and the Snickers milkshake, which honestly doesn’t taste like Snickers.
Primrose Hill (and Sweet Things Bakery)
Great view, pretty romantic… I’d give it a solid 4 star rating. :)
I only got to have a single cupcake from here and it was DELICIOUS. Seriously, try the salted caramel. It may be the only salted caramel I’ve ever loved, or even liked all that much!
Portobello Road (and One of a Kind)
Somehow at the bottom of my list, this is one of the first places we went. Portobello road on the weekends is full of fun shops, hundreds of people, and such great street food!
On the weekdays, it’s a great place to buy fresh food (seriously, it won’t keep for long, it’s that fresh) and at the far end (away from Notting Hill Gate Station) there’s a vintage shop called One of a Kind. They have a legendary “back room” we got surprise invited into and it’s seriously amazing. Vintage designer brands worth more than a house. This is where high profile magazines, photographers, etc. will rent outfits for photo shoots. Seriously, it’s a big deal and pretty awesome.