TRAVEL GUIDE: London

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As you might know, I’ve been to London just recently to visit my friend who lived there over the last year. We spent one week in the city and got to see and visit a lot. Today I wanted to share what we did during this week and I hope to give you some inspiration on what to do and see in London.

At this point I have to thank Julia, for telling me all the insider tips. Thank you!!

Travel Facts

Time of the trip: 7 days

Costs: Flights were about 120 Euros (Airlines: Eurowings, Ryanair) + some pocket money (depends on how much you want to spend) + costs for hotel/airbnb/hostel etc. (I was lucky to sleep at my best friend’s house)

Travel Time: ca. 5 hours (Flight: 90min, Bus transfer from Stansted Airport to Victoria Coach Station: 90min + lots of waiting time)

Facts about London

London is the capital city of England and with about 8.790.000 inhabitants, living on 1572 km², it’s the most populous city of the country. London is a very global and diverse city, where about 300 languages are being spoken on a daily basis. A quote, which describes London in a very fitting way, was said by George VI: “It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.”

Where to stay

Even though I stayed at my friend’s house, I would recommend getting an AirBnB while being in London. At least when you are longer than just a few days. It’s way cheaper than a hotel (London is expensive!!) and you can feel more like home 🙂

What to do in London

DAY 1

Westminster Abby, Big Ben & The London Eye

All three spots are must sees, for sure. Unfortunately Big Ben will be covered until 2021 but nevertheless it’s a beautiful area to go and you will still get the London vibes. We didn’t go for a ride on the London Eye but it’s still beautiful to look at and in real life it’s way more impressive than you would expect.

Insider Tip: If you would like to go to the Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons, then there is a line up in front of the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday’s at 10.30 am. Sometimes they give out tickets for free!!

Address: Westminster Abby: 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA (Website: Here!); Big Ben: Westminster, London SW1A 0AA; The London Eye:

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Buckingham Palace

I would definitely count Buckingham Palace to the must-sees for when you are in London. It just is. It’s always exciting to see if the queen is home or not and you definitely get those special London vibes.

Insider Tip: Every second day at 11 a.m. you can watch the change of guards. Definitely a highlight!

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA

Website: Here!

National Gallery & Trasfalagar Square

From the beginning on I wanted to go to the National Gallery. The best thing is that strolling through their amazing exhibition is free. As much as I loved their free exhibition, the special Monet exhibition was definitely a highlight. It wasn’t free but totally worth it.

Insider Tip: Unfortunately, the Monet exhibition is not available anymore but I would definitely recommend looking at their website for other featured exhibitions. Maybe you’ll find one which is perfect for you 🙂

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Website: Here!

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DAY 2

Covent Garden Market

If you are looking for a place with lots of cute, little shops and a cool atmosphere, then Covent Garden Market is the place for you. The little craft market is really cute and the stalls have very unique little things. And if you get hungry lots of cafes and pubs will provide you with amazing food.

Insider Tip: The tea shop, called Whittard

Address: 41, The Market Building, London WC2E 8RF

Website: Here!

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DAY 3

Notting Hill

I always wanted to visit Notting Hill since I watched the movie Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The area indeed is super beautiful. All the different colored houses give you this special vibe and you will find yourself wanting to take a picture at every corner. I also recommend walking down Portobello Road and through the Portobello Road Market. Many cute shops and stalls!!

Insider Tip: Farm Girl Cafe!!

Address: Portobello Rd, London W11 1AN

Kensington Palace & Hyde Park

If you want to visit the Royal family, Kensington Palace is the place to go. It is part of Hyde Park which is the largest of four Royal Parks in Central London. You can spend hours walking through Hyde Park, chatting with friends while eating picnic or just relax in the shade.

Insider Tip: You can rent bikes from the company Santander Cycles for just two pounds and drive through Hyde Park and the city.

Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

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Natural History Museum

You might know the Natural History Museum from the movie Paddington and from different pictures, always starring the hanging dinosaur. It definitely is on the list of the must-see spots in London and the hanging dinosaur is definitely worth a visit! Best thing: It’s free!

Insider Tip: ALL the main museums are free!!

Address: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Website: Here!

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DAY 4

Baker Street & Sherlock Holmes Museum

By visiting Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, a big dream of mine came true. I am a big big big Sherlock Holmes fan and it was an incredible feeling, standing in front of 221B Baker Street, walking through Holmes and Watsons Study and buying overpriced merch at the Museum Shop. If you love Sherlock Holmes, definitely go there. You will not regret it.

Insider tip: If you just want to take a picture in front of the door, go there after the museum closes (which is 6 p.m.) since there won’t be a line-up and no security in front of the door 🙂

Address: 221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE

Website: Here!

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DAY 5

The Tower of London & The Tower Bridge

Again, a must see, when you are in London. Besides the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Westminster Abbey, I feel like the Tower Bridge is something you need to see at least once in your life. The architecture is impressive and a beautiful spot to take pictures.

Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

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Shakespeare’s Globe

We talked about the Shakespeare’s Globe in school, so it was really cool to see it in real life. Next time, when I am in London, I am definitely want to see a play. My friend went there a few times and loved it!

Insider Tip: Sometimes you can get standing tickets for five pounds inside the Globe’s box office.

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

Website: Here!

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral has my heart. I totally fell in love with the building. It’s so gorgeous and impressive and so much better in real life. My favorite sight seeing spot in London by far.

Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Website: Here!

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DAY 6

Victoria Palace Theatre

That might not be an important spot to visit for everyone but I just had to include it. I am a huge fan of Hamilton and one day I will definitely watch the musical. It’s a big big dream of mine. So, if you want to get some Hamilton vibes, go to Victoria Palace Theatre.

Insider Tip: There is a huge box office at Leicester Square where you can get cheap tickets for plays and musicals. I looked it up and I think they don’t sell Hamilton tickets but others like The Lion King and Aladdin, which is still amazing!

Address: Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5EA

Website: Here!

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Day 7 (travel day)

Where to eat in London

You can find London’s prettiest Cafés right here.

Other restaurants:

Prezzo (D, Grand Buildings, 31-32 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5BW; Website: Here!)

Bill’s (10 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 7AP; Website: Here!)

Wagamama (Riverside Level, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX; Website: Here!)

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