I guess the best place to start with my travel blog would be to talk about the country that I have traveled in the most. I had the wonderful opportunity to live in London, England for almost five months while studying abroad at Regent’s University.
London is a great place to visit for a number of reasons. The city is full of history, entertainment, culture, amazing food, and wonderful people. I have visited twice and am already looking forward to my third trip. There’s just not enough time to see everything.
With that said, I thought I would make a list of my top five things that I would recommend seeing while in London. There are so many things to do and see and it was hard to narrow it down to just five.
1. Big Ben and Parliament– Big Ben is the most iconic symbol of London. Everyone knows what it is but seeing it in person is an amazing experience. I know the word “big” is in the title but you seriously have no idea how huge it is until you are standing underneath it. I suggest taking the tube to Westminster Station because the second you walk outside you are greeted with the sight of Big Ben hovering over you. The area around Parliament has a lot of things to see and do, plus the atmosphere is always fun and inviting!
Bonus: Westminster Abbey is directly across the street from Parliament! The London Eye is also just on the other side of the river from Big Ben!
2.Trafalgar Square– This was the first “tourist” place that I visited once arriving in London to study abroad so I will always associate it with my excitement and joy to be in London. I recommend setting aside some time to explore the area including visiting the National Portrait Gallery where you can see famous art. You always have an amazing view of Big Ben and the Eye from the steps of Trafalgar Square. The closet underground station is Charing Cross which lets you off directly underneath the square. Trafalgar Square is a short walk from Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden, and Piccadilly Circus.
3. Covent Garden– This was one of my favorite areas of London to just wander around. There is so much to do here including a shopping centre, pubs, and it is located near China Town, Leicester Square, and many theatres. It is definitely worth your time to stop by and visit!
4. Borough Market– My friend Hannah and I visited Borough Market all the time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is a great place to get fresh, fast, and local food. There are stands set up selling food from all over the world! I especially loved getting the giant cookies, fudge, and goat’s milk ice cream. Borough Market is located near London Bridge Underground station and is just a few minutes’ walk away from London and Tower Bridges.
5. Tower and London Bridge– Many people get London and Tower Bridges confused. I honestly didn’t know the difference until the first time I visited London. Tower Bridge is the one that looks like a tower that everyone associates with London. London Bridge just looks like a normal bridge. I loved walking around that area of the city. Right by Tower Bridge is the Tower of London which is an amazing “museum” where you can learn all about the history of London. I have been there twice and learned so much each visit!
There are so many more places in London that I love. But these are just a few that are a must-see in my book! One of the best things about London is the Underground because it is an easy and fast way to get around the city. If you use an Oyster Card you will be able to easily make it to all of these places!
Thanks for reading!