“Oh the places you’ll go to, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”- Dr. Seuss
Growing up, one of the nursery rhymes I sang featured the line “I’ve been to London to look at the Queen” so, when I was in the UK, there was no way I was not going to see the Queen (or at least try to visit).There were so many places I wanted to visit in the UK but I was held bent on not adjusting my body clock, so, this made me sleep through the day and stay up at night- needless to say, there is not a lot to do at night.
With the help of some high school friends and a couple of espresso shots, I was finally able to tour London.
I was not able to see everywhere I had wanted to see because I only had a few hours to tour, however, I think I may have seen most of the places I wanted to visit. Some of the places I visited were:
- Jubilee Park– This is where London Eye is and it is a few minutes walk from the Waterloo station. It also has a county hall and theatre (with shows such as Shrek).
- Parliament Square, Westminster- Parliament Square in Westminster is next to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The square was created in the 1860s and contains statues of well known statesmen including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and a lot more.
- Buckingham Palace (The Queen was not around when I visited -The union flag was flying above the residence.) I also missed the changing of the guards but that is definitely something you should look out for if you ever plan to visit.
- Oxford Street- This is the shopping heaven for any shopaholic but be careful as you may spend more money than you planned on spending. My friends and I grabbed lunch at some burger place here.
- Trafalgar square
- Tower of London / Tower Hill /Tower Bridge( In an attempt to find the London Bridge, I found this place which is incredibly beautiful and made me feel like I was in the medieval times.
- The Monument to the Great Fire of London- Known as the monument.
- London Bridge – This was the last place I visited in London and guess what, I walked a few kilometers on the bridge and didn’t even realize I was on it. (LOL)
Tips on how to move around
- For the places I visited, I believe you only need a one zone pass to move around using the underground trains and the buses.
- I advice that you use google maps or some transit app as the undergrounds can be somewhat confusing.
- Don’t be scared to ask questions. I noticed they were a lot of train officials at the station. If you are lost or confused, ask them a question as they are willing to help you navigate your way around the city.
- There are also physical maps which I would recommend you pick up from the station as they give you a general idea of what tourists sites are close to each other. It is also helpful in the event that your phone battery dies.
I hope you have found this post interesting and enlightening. I really wish I took pictures with one of the black taxis (very different from our yellow cabs and regular cars here) in the background.