London always enamoured but never happened all through my wanderlust and finally, as it did- we were left mesmerized. Opulence and meticulous planning greets any first timer into London. One can experience capitalism in all ways possible in London.
Company: My husband, my brother in law (who was our guide for most of the trip) and I.
Stay: South London @ my brother in laws place (An hour away from Central London).
Weather: Cold weather, with sunshine on most of the days and temperature hovering between 4 to 10 degree Celsius. While sun showed up on all the days but we also witnessed a sharp fall in temperature along with rainfall on one day.
Travel: Ireland to London Aer Lingus – 1.15 hours flight and London to Mumbai, India via British Airways- 9 hours flight.
Visa Details: Entering and staying in London was smooth, courtesy the Irish BIVS visa, which allows an Indian/Chinese to move between Ireland and Great Britain.
Must Have’s: The best way to unravel London is on foot (choose comfortable footwear over heels) coupled with tube rides (underground metro) for distances between stations. Another way is to book hop-on, hop off bus rides (Good for those without local help to move around). It is imperative to buy an Oyster Card and continue to top up as per requirement and this card works for both buses and tubes. Be prepared for weather variations, keep warm clothes, raincoat handy.