B. This my very first blog post – my first “special” trip, apart from Greece that is: London. I visited London for the first time when I was 18 and many times thereafter. On top of that, lived there for about seven years; it’s awesome! Perhaps not for too long – London has this special ability to tire you after some time – but definitely for a nice holiday, say 7-10 days.
No matter what type of person you are, no matter what you like, you will definitely find something that you will be very excited about in London – that’s its thing: it can cater for literally any taste.
For culture, history and science lovers London offers a variety of museums which, get this, are free. My personal favourites: the Natural History Museum (Dinosaurs yeah!) and the Science Museum (cool Science!) which are both conveniently located close to each other in one of the best areas in London, South Kensington, right next to Imperial College London.
For foodies – like myself – London offers excellent choices varying from street food to
Michelin Star restaurants. One of the most famous street food markets is located in East London: the Exmouth Market. You should definitely visit if you are around and you are looking for a nice, quick and cheap lunch. Beware though that this market is only open at noon and it will only stay open until early in the afternoon. If you are looking for something better, much better I would say, I highly recommend the Hakkasan located in Mayfair. Beware! There are two of those and apparently their menu is not identical (the other is near Tottenham Court Road). If you can afford to go there, try the Pink Mao Mao cocktail, the royal crab soup, merlot beef and crispy duck salad – all excellent dishes. Alternatively, if you are more of a steak fan, Gaucho is another personal favourite. It serves different cuts of Argentinian steak along a variety of fine Argentinian wine. If it happens you go there, ask to be seated in the lower bar area. The atmosphere there is much nicer. Anyway, I think I’m going to stop here because I could talk about food in London forever. Bottom line is that you can find the best quality of whatever your belly desires (at a price of course).
Whether you are an active-type or not, you will definitely walk a lot during your stay in London. Simply because here’s loads to see, some close to each other, and so you don’t realise. And while you are
at it, what better place to walk in London that the Hyde Park. You should definitely walk around the park, or even go jogging if you are up for it. For those who are still not convinced, there’s a very nice place by the park’s big lake which serves coffee and snacks so you can enjoy being in the countryside while in the heart of London. That’s called the Lido Bar and Cafe.
And of course, let’s not forget the best movie-related place you can visit in London (no, it’s not Notting Hill!)! The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios located a bit outside central London in Watford. An amazing experience regardless of being a Harry Potter fan or not. if you are though, then you are in for a treat. I won’t be doing any spoilers here, but seriously if you liked the movies, or the books, this tour is a must!
I could keep on writing about London all day long… Truth is, London is a magical place, perhaps not in the sense of natural beauty nor romance, but because it can be anything you like – depending on your mood (mostly). It can be boring, it can be exciting, it can be adventurous, luxurious or just too “inconvenient”. Totally up to you!