Just take a Walk!!
I really love wandering around London. There is so much to see, to absorb, to smell(!) just walking the streets of London. I find that a good walk is the best cure to jetlag, so my first day rarely has real plans beyond a great walk, and never something that requires more than an hours worth of attention, otherwise I will want to fall asleep!!
One of my favorite walks starts at Westminster Tube station and and goes down Whitehall, which pass a plethora of historic sites. Then I cut through the Horse Guards Parade, walk through Green Park, and then over Pall Mall to St James's Palace area and Marlborough House. You can cut through to Green Park by Clarence House and loop back to Buckingham Palace and down to Victoria Station. OR walk down Bird Cage Walk back to the Westminster area. Love It!! Lots to see, pictures to take, green spaces to breathe in, ice cream to buy...
Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens is always a good choice, however, Hyde Park is ALOT bigger than you think it is!! And I tend to walk from Kensington Park, over to the Albert Memorial, then back through the park across the serpentine. This is a great walk especially when I need some thinking time, its shockingly quiet in the middle of the park in the middle of London!
So is Regents Park and the swanky houses along the east side. There is a great little place that sells the best bangers and mash on the walk from Regents Park tube station towards the Zoo!
I'm dying to walk through the 'old city' sometime, but in the meantime, I'll savor my little walks and enjoy the surprises around every corner!
London is definately cool....
London is definately cool. Full of energy & vibe you'll likely never find elsewhere. The rush of the place is very maddening....but you gotta luv it!! I'll miss the shops!! Even though I can't afford a thing in London, it was a great place to dream about buying!!
Shopping in the market at...
Shopping in the market at Portobello Road Portobello Road, is situated in the very trendy Notting Hill, made famous by the film of the same name. It is a great market to wander through, and grab some bargains. The southern end is where expensive antiques are sold, and generally intended for tourists. If you walk up further, to the junction with Lancaster Gate you will find all sorts of clothes, books and accessories at reasonable prices. Up and coming clothes designers have small stalls on the market, and you may be able to buy a very special one off. Its better to visit the market on Friday or Saturday, on Sunday there is a flea market. There are also plenty of cafes and small restaurants to get something to eat.
Tube: Notting Hill Gate/Ladbroke Grove
Mon- Fri 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm
visit WESTMINSTER ABBEY. ...
visit WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
Strategically located at Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey is a brilliant example of Gothic architecture at its best! This is also the place where former English monarchs are crowned and subsequently buried in the vaults! Amongst the famous English monarchs buried here include Queen Elizabeth I, William the Conqueror, Mary Stuart etc. The late Princess Diana's funeral ceremony (sniff) was also held here, though it is said that the Queen resisted the idea at first before finally relenting under strong public opinion.
Politeness is the key! Always...
Politeness is the key! Always be courteous, remember your 'thank you's' etc, & you can't go far wrong. London is very tolerant of different cultures, so there arent many etiquette traps to fall into Just remember to be polite, & Londoners will love you!