London Calling

London feels a little like a home away from home. Everything is familiar, its filled with Kiwi’s and everyone is really friendly.

Here are our favourite, must do’s so far…

 

 

  1.  Soho – this place is awesome. So full of character and charm. You can spend hours just getting lost in the streets and it’s filled with some amazing food spots so be careful coming here hungry because you are going to want to eat it all!
  2. Borough Market – this place is bustling and enchanting. Filled with amazing cheap eats of every type and variety as well as your more traditional meats, cheeses and vege stalls. This is an awesome place to meet someone for lunch!
  3. The sights – no trip to London is complete without a visit to The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar square. If you aren’t afraid of some serious walking you could do them all in a day. London is amazingly compact in regards to its postcard sites.
  4. Camden – the edgier, more eclectic side to London. Heaps of people around so do keep an eye out for your belongings but this colourful market suburb is really funky and will keep you occupied for hours.
  5. The greenery – London is one of the most green cities in the world. It’s parks are truly stunning and well worth spending a day amongst. You can even climb up Primrose Hill to get a great free view out over Hyde Park and the city beyond. Save this for a sunny day and you’ll see half of London come out to catch some rays.
  6. Theatre – London’s West end has some amazing shows and musicals well worth making the effort to see. Even a non musical travel companion wont be able to stop from tapping their foot along to “Dancing Queen”. A few awesome cheaper websites for tickets are www.fromtheboxoffice.com/ and www.lastminute.com/theatre/

 

A few things to look out for…

There is no such thing as a free pee in this town! Keep the larger silver coins for when you need to visit a bathroom as all public loo’s cost 30-50p.

Londoner’s know how to do lunch on the go. Pret-a-Manger is on every street corner (no exaggeration – Trafalgar square actually has one on each and every corner!) and is great for a bite to eat when you feel yourself getting Hangry.

Grab yourself a Tube Map and oyster card as soon as you arrive – an essential to navigating your way underground and by far the cheapest way to get from Heathrow Airport into the city.

Download the city mapper app – this will help you find your way everywhere. Works in other major Cities too.

Uber’s are very common and are a reasonable option if you need to get somewhere in a hurry (especially if you sprain your ankle).

Just because it’s summer does not mean it will be warm. Make sure you have layers because you are not likely to get a tan during your visit.

Go into Google Maps on you phone and download the map for London City so it is an offline area on your phone (find London, then go to Menu / Offline Areas and click on the ‘+’). You can use GPS without using Data so this is a huge help when needing to figure out where in this monstrous City you are!

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