- Get an Oyster Card! – If you are relying on public transport for any part of your trip an oyster card is your go to.
The card costs £5 + however much you want to put on the card.
Keep in mind you don’t get the balance that remains on the account when your trip is finished. So I would recommend putting 10 pound on it to begin with and then topping up when it starts to get low to avoid wasting any money.
BTW you can top them up at most tube stations!
- Download MAPS.ME – It is an entirely offline maps system with turn by turn navigation. Just make sure you download the map of the city/ town for which you plan on using it for while in wifi or using data.
This app has seriously helped me so much when travelling, especially when you don’t have access to data or wifi.
- Have a rough plan- even if you aren’t pressured for time on your holiday. This ensures you won’t miss out on the places you want to see.
However, travelling is also about exploring and getting lost in the moment. So don’t put too much pressure on sticking to your plan.
Good Morning London
Start your day with a morning stroll through the beautiful Hyde Park. Taking the time to appreciate the statues, memorials, beautiful gardens + the happy looking doggies that are found playing in the park.
Also make sure to check out the Princess Diana Fountain!!
While you’re in the area you may choose to take a 25 minute walk to Harrods, The world leading luxury department store on Brompton road. Harrods has over five THOUSAND brands in store and the building itself is a sight to see. You may choose to get a bite to eat there, from the endless range of goodies in the food hall.
I spy the sites of London
Now it’s around midday and it’s time to head to Buckingham Palace!! After a few pics of the palace be sure to check out the Queens Gallery, it’s open all year round.
If your visit happens to be within summer months you may also want to explore the Royal Mews and State rooms that aren’t open all year round.
PSSS. keep your eye out…you may just be lucky enough to see a Royal in the flesh!
Across from Buckingham palace is the gorgeous St James park. Take a walk through the park towards Westminster where you will come across Parliament house, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Then you may want to head to Westminster Bridge to get a good look at the famous London Eyre.
Just a tad more
In the afternoon you may choose to head to South Kensignton to explore the Natural History Museum. You’ll want to spend around 1.5-2 hours in the museum and it closes at 5.30pm so if you feel pressured for time you may not get to it.
To wrap up the big day you’ve just had, head to Honest Burger for a SERIOUSLY AWESOME burger. They have classic beef and chicken burgers + a range of vegan and vegetarian options!!
Hello from Notting Hill
This morning is the perfect opportunity to get in some shopping!! Head to Notting Hill and discover the trendy town with pastel coloured doorways and markets that line the street.
The main Portobello Markets are set up on Fridays and Saturdays on Portobello rd. However if your trip doesn’t align with those days it’s still worth going to Notting Hill for the permanent shops and cafes that line the street.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you will be in heaven here. There are so many cute pastry shops with loads of goodies just waiting to be devoured.
Why not follow a morning at the markets with lunch at the markets?
Next on the agenda is Camden Town.
Start your time in Camden Town with a trip to Camden Lock Markets, filled with retail and food stalls.
There is a huge selection of yummy food and lots of free taste testers. WINNING!
Once you’ve finished your time at the markets, check out the Regents Canal that runs through the heart of Camden town and the markets.
While you are here in Camden, take the time to explore the surrounding streets to see some street art.
Take it all in at Sky Garden
Spend your afternoon in London’s highest public garden where you will get the BEST view of London. On top of the stunning view, you can grab a bite to eat or a drink from the range of bars and restaurants in Sky Garden.
Sky Garden is open 7 Days a week and admission is absolutely FREE but you must book beforehand.
For the night owl
If you aren’t exhausted from the huge two days you’ve just had, you might like to head to the bustling Soho for some dinner and drinks. You may also want to check out the atmosphere at Piccadilly Circus while in the area.
If you like Japanese, I recommend SHORYU for their Ramen.
You may even choose to follow dinner with a trip to SOHO Theatre to see something live!!