Off the shelf and dusted off – my London visit last december. Where I was hoping for a Christmas spirit I walked around with mostly sun on my face. Feels good as well. When I was a little Laura and just started blogging (about 8 years ago) I lived in London for a while. I loved it, but still I never went back. About time.
I used to fly back and forth between my temporary hometown and the Netherlands, this time I decided to take the train. We are just there for the weekend, but I loved coming back. Taking the train is not the first thing on your mind, but it turns out to be the beginning of my train journey addiction. Traveling by train is fun. Time to read, work, chill, stare outside, enjoy the fine business lounge at Brussels and before you know it you’re at the main station in Central London. 6 Must do’s in London.
We sleep in the beautiful Park Plaza County Hall which is located next to the Thames, and that pretty much gives sight on the London Eye and Big Ben from their amazing rooms. Westminster is well-known, a superb piece of London. The Big Ben is rising proudly above the city, Westminster Abbey shines and you can not move or you tend to call your grandma from a red telephone box. Walking around is a party for the eye.
Take the boat from Westminster to the Tower Bridge
Instead of taking the bus or metro, you are able to take the boat fromWestminster to the London Bridge as well. The sun keeps on shining and it’s nice to discover London from the water. We cruise along beautiful buildings and several highlights of London, watch the Big Ben getting smaller and decide that cruising on the Thames is pretty fun.
Squirrel cuddling in St. James Park
My personal favorite: cuddling squirrels. I love everything with a fur and the fact that the parks of London mainly consist of fluffy squirrels is a dream come true. This is what heaven looks like. I buy a bag of peanuts at the supermarket and entertain myself with the curious and tame squirrels all day. Especially the ones in Hyde park and St. James Park (my favorite park) are very willing to cuddle. I have spent my entire time here in London. Do so.
When I was living in London, Shoreditch a no go. Nowadays it has become one of the hippest areas in London. Alternative hip, though. And that is something I just freaking love. The area is one big artwork of graffiti and on Sunday, the streets are occupied by creative stalls and markets. Vintage shops and Indian eateries alternate in the streets and you may just end up on a small food festival. A must go.
Walk the Tower Bridge
We enjoy a lovely walk on the most beautiful bridge in London, the Tower Bridge. Start by exploring Windsor Castle, walk over the bridge, visit the Tower of London and then continue your way to my final tip; food heaven Borough market.
Heaven for foodies. Here, British and international bites and drinks come together. This market is not just about the food, but the atmosphere, the people and the place as well. It is a haven for anyone who gives about quality and origin of food. We enjoy a delicious lunch (well, five lunches in an hour) and a cider. Inspiring place.