London Travel Guide

In November 2016, my family and I took a 2 – 3 week trip to London. Here are 10 things we did:

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the typical tourist stops. Sadly, we didn’t get to see the changing of the guards as it only happens at certain times of the day. We walked from Oxford Street all the way to the palace. It was quite a fair walk however as it was freezing, I didn’t mind it at all!!

Cambridge

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We caught a train from King’s Cross St. Pancras Station to Cambridge.  It was quite a long train ride maybe between 1 and 2 hours. You can purchase tickets from thetrainline.com.

When we got there, we basically walked the whole day. As it was like a bustling, little village, it was easy to find your way around – just follow where everyone’s going and you’ll get somewhere… eventually. There’s not much shopping here but we did manage to find and enter one of their constituent colleges – Emmanuel College.

We tried finding the famous river that runs along Cambridge University but we couldn’t find it!! So we stopped by a Nandos just opposite the campus for some good chicken. 😋

Oxford

No, i’m not talking about Oxford Street. Rather i’m talking about Oxford. Similarly, you can catch a train from King’s Cross St. Pancras Station to Oxford and can purchase tickets from thetrainline.com.

Unlike Cambridge, Oxford was much quieter and calmer. When we exited the station, we just kept walking straight. Along the way, we passed Oxford Business School and I decided to snap a pic and post it on my instagram with the cheesy caption of “I made it!” ahaha

We didn’t do much in Oxford as we were really cold. We did walk into a church to see what it’s like and we also bought some Cambridge and Oxford University jumpers, typical tourists lol…

In Oxford, there’s also a really famous pie shop called Pieminister located in the Covered Market. As soon as you walked in, the smell of fresh baked pies wafted through the air. It was orgasmic. It gets pretty crowded during lunch times so I recommend going in a bit earlier or later to avoid the lunch crowd!

Ben’s Cookies 🍪

A Ben’s Cookies store is not hard to spot. The blaring red stands out among the other stores.

I love the chewiness of the cookies and the fact that it’s literally chunks of chocolate not little chocolate chips, i’m talking literal chunks of chocolate in the cookies. Also, the size of the cookies are BIIGG! Definitely not your ordinary cookies.

Our favourite flavours are the White Chocolate Chunk, Milk Chocolate Chunk and White Chocolate and Macadamia. 

The price of the cookies depend on the weight of, however towards closing time, they would have special offers – if I can remember correctly, when we bought cookies around 6 or 7 pm, there was an offer of buy 4 or 5 cookies, and get 1 free cookie… or something like that… Don’t count on me for this one 🙄

Big Ben/ Westminster Bridge

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Another one of the typical tourist destination is the Westminster Bridge/ Big Ben.

We caught the tube from the tube near our hotel, Bayswater to Westminster and from there walked to Big Ben and then crossed the Westminster Bridge.

During our walk, we stopped by a little “cafe” – well it wasn’t really a cafe with the fancy chairs and all. It was more like a big cart… Anyways, I got a hot chocolate and it was honestly one of the best hot chocolates i’ve had in my entire life. I can’t remember the name of the cart but if you see a cart that sells drinks and cookies, try the hot chocolate!!

Canary Wharf 

Also known as the CBD, Canary Wharf didn’t have much to offer in terms of shopping or sightseeing. But just to kill time, we caught the tube there and walked around for a bit. We also saw the bullet like building.

Leon

We had breakfast at this place called Leon at Canary Wharf. I absolutely loved it! I got the mushroom and egg muffin and it was freaking delicious. They’ve also got other healthy food as well including salads, porridge/ oatmeal, yogurt, hot box, wraps etc. Perfect healthy substitute for McDonalds!

They’ve got quite a few outlets around London so I would definitely recommend eating here! Click here to find out more.

Wish I had that where I live.

Plays

We made a huge mistake of purchasing tickets online before we went!! Why? Because they were expensive as heck! We were unaware of the fact that there will be little stores around London selling tickets at a much more lower price!! Arrgghhh

Anyways, we watched King Lear at the Barbican Theatre and Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Both of them were absolutely amazing!

Just a warning though, Shakespeare’s play was in old English, so I would definitely recommend you reading up about the play before you go watch it. Also, little kids may not understand what’s going on so I might want to avoid those “deep Shakespeare plays”…

Portobello Market

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Strawberry and Nutella Crepe

Portobello Market is a famous street that sells antiques and also the famous Portobello Crepes. It only opens at certain times:

  • 09:00 – 18:00 Monday To Wednesday.
  • 09:00 – 13:00 Thursday.
  • 09:00 – 19:00 Friday and saturday.

Saturday is the main day.

The Portobello Crepes store wasn’t hard to find as there was a huge crowd. I got the nutella and strawberry crepe while my sister got the plain crepe. It was ah mazing. Definitely another must try!

Hyde Park/ Kensington Park

Our hotel was within walking distance to Hyde Park/ Kensington Park. It’s a beautiful park with a little pond with swans in the middle. We also saw guards riding on horses – definitely not a common site where I live!

This is a must go for nature or park lovers.

Well that’s it for now! I might do a part 2 or a hotel review, let’s see… 🙂

xx

 

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