Experience the Variety of London
London is a beautiful city full of colors, cultures, various people and most importantly different kinds of food! Exploring new places is my sort of thing and I would like to introduce you to a few of my favorite places in London that are truly worth a visit. London is a very busy city and I personally recommend going to bed early so you can wake up early and begin exploring. You’ll need your energy if you want to experience everything London has to offer.
1. The Emirates Air Line
For those of you who are not familiar with the Emirates Air Line, let me tell you in few sentences why it is a very good start to your day.
Firstly, the location of the cable cars is stunning! You get to see all of East London, including Greenwich and Canary Wharf a busy financial area filled with skyscrapers.
Secondly, the Emirates Air Line sells amazing combo tickets which allow you to easily reach your destination by boat and then explore the city by Santander bike for the rest of the day! How cool is that?!
Thirdly, believe it or not, but all of this will only cost you just £25 ($1.36USD) per person which is an amazing deal. You’ll arrive approximately five minutes from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.
2. Greenwich Park
Next, on our tour around London I recommend visiting Greenwich Park.
You can easily hop on the bus from North Greenwich Station (Bus no. 188 or 129) and enjoy a swift 20-minute bus ride or you can take a 30-minute walk from the Emirates Cable Cars to the Greenwich Park. By this time you’re probably getting hungry; I recommend stopping at the Greenwich Tavern Gastropub which is famous for good beer and fish and chips! There is nothing better than enjoying a pint of good beer or Guinness before climbing a hill, right?
3. The Royal Observatory
Take your place at the center of the world when you visit the Historic Prime Meridian where east meets west. Once you’ve experienced the Prime Meridian head into the Royal Observatory, tickets cost £9 ($12.20USD) for an Adult and £5.85 ($7.93USD) for a child. The opening hours (including bank holidays) are daily from 10 am to 5 pm. My favorite exhibition is the Harrison’s iconic timekeepers, his machine helped solve the problem of keeping accurate time at sea.
After some wandering around head back to the City and enjoy the beautiful British sunset.
4. The Sky Garden
In my opinion, the best place to go to experience a beautiful sunset is definitely the Sky Garden located at 20 Fenchurch Street. It is a unique public space which offers a 360-degree view across the City of London with amazing cafes and restaurants. Besides good food and coffee, you can also enjoy the landscaped gardens, observation decks, and open-air terrace. This place is also the only highest public garden ever built in London.
TIP: Book your free tickets online at least 5 days prior to your arrival. Many people have forgotten to do so and could not get in.
If you’re still full of energy, take a short walk to the Thames River and enjoy the peaceful view of the Tower Bridge and City Hall on the other side of the bank. You can also grab a Santander bike or a boat to go and see the famous London Eye and Big Ben.
Come to London and see how different it is in reality. Find peaceful green spaces and distinctive neighborhoods full of history. If you like shopping, nightlife, people and famous historic sights, London is the place for you!
Know Before You Go
- If you invest in the Oyster card, you can gain passage to the underground railway system as well as the bus system.
- Gin and Tonic is a popular drink in Britain. The City of London Gin Distillery allows you to create your very own gin.
- You can get a city tour through SmallCarBigCity. They’ll drive you around in your own Mini Cooper, which can add a fun dimension to exploring the city.