When you hear 'London', what are the first three things that come to your mind? To me, it has always been The Big Ben, the red telephone booths and Westminster Abbey (the last one coming from an English Literature major's conscience). So undoubtedly these were the first three things that I had to check out immediately. I arrived at London Heathrow around mid-day and took a cab to my Hotel (I stayed at Hilton, Wembley). Needless to say I was jet-lagged and needed some time to get acclimatized. Therefore, I took a short nap (that wasn't too short), woke up at around 6:30 pm and took a stroll around the neighborhood market.
The next day, overtly excited, I prepared my itinerary for the day and took off to explore London on my own. Oh yes, before that, I enjoyed a scrumptious buffet at Hilton, consisting of everything I could've possibly asked for (Enjoyed an authentic English breakfast, as one would expect). As they say, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", so that's what I did (When in England, eat as the English do).
My first point was of course, Central London. I arrived at the South bank of river Thames and struck off one of my bucket list items, that was, to visit the Sea-Life London Aquarium. Most of you might wonder why I had it in my bucket list as it's not something extraordinary. To be honest, I'm not really fond of sea-life, but when I got to know they've got penguins there, couldn't stop myself (Who doesn't love penguins? I needed my awww moment).
After spending much time with my new-found penguin friends, I walked outside to find a crowd of spectators watching an amazingly talented man perform his tricks. He was so good at it that he had the crowd engaged for almost 30 minutes. The South Bank centre is an open area that has lots of artists performing their acts daily and this has the crowd engaged and entertained while they stroll around the area.
After travelling on foot all day, I was left utterly exhausted by the evening. Thus, I decided to get back to my hotel earlier than I'd planned, to get some dinner and relax my sore feet. What a productive day 'twas.