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A few Days in London

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After almost a year of traveling through Asia and Europe we finally landed in what was still a foreign country but where the native language was our own, English. We had landed in England.

And though yes at times it almost felt like we were hearing a foreign language, we could finally communicate with everybody we came across, and this was a welcome relief.

Our first stop -London for a few days.

London is an enormous city. There are over 250 tube stations alone (and yes once I actually counted). Unbelievable. Just getting from one corner of the city to the other can take hours.

So yes, to really see London you’ll need more than just a couple days. The city is vibrant, busy, bustling, kind of like New York but not at all. Those red phone booths, and old school black cabs, it’s all so… chic.

London

In total we spent about a week in London (though some of those days were spent working instead of sightseeing), but some of the highlights for us are as follows.

Walking Tour of the South Bank

Tower Bridge

This seems like a good first day introduction into the city. We didn’t go into any of the attractions along the way, but just wanted to get a glimpse of everything all together. Walking along the river you get to see everything at a distance and take it in all at once. For the art lovers out there, you’ll be passing by the Tate Modern Art Museum on this tour so add in a few hours if you want to go in. The tour takes you over the Tower Bridge, past the Globe theater and the rotating London Eye.

London Eye

Hop across the river to check out the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

Greenwich Walking Tour

Prime Meridian of the World

Greenwich is an incredibly quaint area on the outskirts of London, where you will find the world known Prime Meridian of the world and the heart of the Greenwich Mean Time. Spend an hour or so at the Royal Observatory and if time permits stop by the National Maritime Museum. Don’t leave this area though without sampling some tasty bites at the Greenwich Market, or just stop by a pub for a pint.

Greenwich Market

Walk around Soho Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden Market

Soho is a part of the West End district known for its jazz and gay village. This area is best discovered by wandering the streets aimlessly. Stop in for an afternoon drink and do some people watching.

Soho

From Soho square make your way to Chinatown, not that different from Chinatowns in other cities around the world, but still a great place to grab a bite to eat.

Finish your stroll over at Covent Garden the main shopping and entertainment district of London. Lose yourself in the shops, bars and restaurants around here.

Covent Garden

Go see a Play or Show (Preferably a “British” one)

One Man Two Guvnors

As a birthday present to me Dave picked out a play/show for us to see in London. He chose One Man, Two Guvnors, something I had never heard of before but a play that sounded truly British. It was downright hilarious, though at times even we couldn’t keep up with the English slang. A great way to spend a night in London.

 

There is so much more to do in London, and these were just a few of the highlights for us. No shortage of museums or other fun attractions in the city so make sure to give it more than a day or two.

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6 Responses to A few Days in London

  1. Glad you enjoyed a visit to my hometown! It’s so weird going to a place where everyone speaks the same language as you, but still sounds/seems so foreign, isn’t it?! After being away from London for 10 months in South America, my partner and I were really shocked at (being reminded) how chic everything seemed when we came back. I still maintain that London is a great place to visit, while it’s a terrible place to live (which is why we don’t plan to ever live there again); it’s way too big, expensive, busy, stressful and has crappy weather. But it does have some great sights and an amazing vibe that’s unlike anywhere else.

    Sam December 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM Reply
  2. I just found your site through Matthew Woodward’s blog post. I checked your blog out for analysis reasons but quickly realized I will love it for other reasons. You are living the life I aim to live. One of my two sincerest desires in life is to live as a global citizen and teach my children to do the same.

    Dave, I saw on your bucket list that you want to visit Dachau. I went in 2008 and it was one of the most powerful, life changing events I’ve experienced. You will want to plan an entire day to thoroughly read and understand the plaques while you are there. Also, take a walking tour of Munich. There is a street that people used as a detour so they would not have to salute Hitler…they were shot to death on that detour and you can see the path the blood flowed.

    Catherine December 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM Reply
  3. Seems like you managed to cover quite a bit of London!
    My dad and I have been doing two-day trips to London for about five years now and we still discover something new each year.
    We usually go for a musical, but this year we went to see a stand-up comedy show. It was hilaaaarious!

    Sofie December 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM Reply
  4. Probably my #1 place to go visit.
    Thank you so much for this and all the pictures!

    Jon Patrick December 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM Reply
    • Yeah we loved London, so much to see and do, and Brits have funny accents

      Dave and Vicky December 30, 2013 at 8:33 AM Reply
  5. Looks like you really enjoyed yourself. The walking tours sounds like a good idea. I’ve done similar walks myself and it sometimes feel like hours but you do see a lot.

    I can’t believe that you’ve counted every tube station! Well at least now I know there are over 200 of them.

    The Guy May 1, 2014 at 7:31 AM Reply

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