London has some of most famous tourist attractions of the world. You should not miss the British Museum, which includes collections like mummies in the Ancient Egypt, Parthenon sculptures, and Rosetta Stone. Other popular museum includes Natural History Museum, Science museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Royal Museums, If you are an admirer of classic art then you should surely visit the National Gallery.
St. Paul's Cathedral
Even if you have left none of these unexplored, it is another thing to appreciate their grandeur at nights. So you can also choose to spend the evening at the tower bridge. High rise buildings like the Shard and St. Paul's Cathedral are visible from the bridge. All these are well lit in the evenings and quite enticing. Further, to spice up your visit, walk to the haunted tower of London from Tower Bridge. Belief has it that its appearance grows spookier by the night. But during my first visit to the tower, I wasn't even aware of such facts. And nothing seemed abnormal.
The Markets: To get acquainted with London, one should visit the numerous markets in its periphery. Covent garden is one place where one gets to shop amidst vibrant outdoors on cobbled stone paths and upmarket boutiques. Various other markets worth a visit are Chinatown, bricklane Market and kids will certainly enjoy visiting Mudchute and Vauxhall farms. Window shopping in upscale areas Oxford Street and Bond Street are a shoppers delight.
And if shopping is one of things on your mind, make sure you visit Camden Market. Its practically a maze, a gigantic maze, with stores that sell almost anything that you can think of. Books, clothes, cameras, posters, handmade goods, costumes, memorabilia, art, jewelry. Old things, new things. Strange things you may never have seen before. An old camera. A Banksy print. And then, the food market. The place is a congregation of cuisines from across the world, and I am not exaggerating. You can take your pick from Italy, Spain, Africa, India, China, Vietnam. Or you can dig into a home-made cake. Or sit down on the pavement for a cup of coffee, or a glass of cold beer. Camden is like a jigsaw puzzle with bits and pieces of London all joined together to form an eccentric, exuberant whole. Like the city itself. Eccentric. Exuberant. Impossible to contain in words.
Hampstead Health is again a huge park in the northern part of London. Surprisingly, all the parks have a different character to it. Hampstead is almost like a jungle - with hills and dense forests and so on. It has a couple of ponds which are quite popular for swimming in the summer.
London marked one of the best culinary experiences in my trip! The metropolis has so many dynamic shades to experiencing food that one trip also seems short. Its food scenes seemed to have been changing before my eyes so rapidly, that while one day Aldwych was the hub, another day the street food at Charlotte Street attracts the crowd. While I roamed with a foodie heart all around London, I discovered all sorts of gastronomically exuberating experiences! From East End to Convent Garden, from having the best of English afternoon teas to basking in the summer sun on rooftop bars, from enjoying secret speakeasies on rainy gloomy days to exploring the best bars and underground gin palaces... I just could not get enough of London. And to add to this are the ever evolving food trends like molecular gastronomy to the quirkiest of cafe-concepts and all of this in one city, where, of course, I did not miss a single chance to gorge on the culinary excellence at Michelin-starring world’s best restaurants!
Tavistock Street has a hidden gem that not many people know about. It is home to the oldest recorded street sign in London dated back 1636! It's very hard to find though so keep your eye out. It is located at the very top of the buildings numbered 34-38. You will see a blue plaque at number 36 saying 'In 1821, Thomas de Quincy(1785-1859) wrote 'Confessions of an English Opium Eater'. When you see this you're not looking high enough! Stand on the other side of the road and you will see a white plaque. It's very hard to see in direct sunlight and quite hard to get a photo of but mind-blowing when you see it and think about when this was dated back to.Check out the Markets throughout London
St Pancras Old Church
Yet, there it stands. A miracle made possible only by the relentless activism of church leaders and history lovers in the community through the years. St Pancras Old Church is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in England, dating back to a time when London had not yet spread so far North; a rural oasis until modernization took over in the 19th century. Many believe that the church could date back to as far as 314 AD, and there are several references to the parish in the Domesday Book. Walking through the gilded wrought iron gate, the surrounding noise doesn’t exactly fade away, but you quickly forget about it all the same. This little church has ties to hundreds of famous writers, philanthropists, musicians, and London giants. Their remnants are scattered throughout, although most are easily missed- so do pick up a map inside. (You should leave a donation!)
Going to the scaryyyyyy Hunterian museum. Its in the Royal college of surgeons and a fantastic collection of human and animal anatomy, specimens, ancient surgical and dental instruments and every other creepy thing that you can think of. Surgeon and anatomist John Hunter(1728-1793)...I love you. Okay now all this seems like...really?Is this what you call Loving London? Yes my friend. The essence of London lies in all these small things and much more. Go ahead, explore, and do the unthinkable.
You will be surprised to know that this place was originally an old butcher’s shop. It has been transformed into one of the most healthy dining options. It is a small restaurant famed for its quality and service. If you are looking for a fine dining experience fit for a queen, make sure you jot down this address- 82-83 High Street, Eton, Windsor.
My Old Dutch
This traditional pancake place shall take you back to how pancakes were made back in 1958. Known for it's savory pancakes but steals the thunder even in the sweet one's. Save an appetite for Monday as all pancakes are at a quick bargain £5. The apple cinnamon with ice cream and the Italian herb are my personal favorites.