My first independent holiday with just me and my girlfriend was 2 years ago in London. It is hard to believe we have been to 6 countries since.
The first thing I want to mention is the theater. We did not go just for the West End but it was the defining moment of the holiday for me.
If you think you won’t like musicals please please just give it a go. We saw Wicked and I was never a big fan of the Wizard of Oz but it is simply sensational. GO! You won’t regret it.
Many people will have their own idea of what London means to them. It will always hold a special meaning for me as it was our first holiday. We returned their this year again for a couple of days.
Considering I’m from Dublin, London was extremely similar in culture, food, hospitality and all the other stuff we usually blog about. Still I will give some helpful tips for anybody thinking of travelling to London.
Things to do
- London Eye
- London Aquarium
- London Dungeons
- Madame Tussaud’s wax museum
- Buckingham Palace
- Shopping on Oxford Street
- Much much more….
What I did
We paid £50 for a ticket which got us entry to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, the London Eye and the London Aquarium.
The London Eye offers some spectacular views of the banks of the Thames. The large pods have interactive tablets which allows you to see what is inside the buildings you are towering over.
MI5 and MI6 buildings can be seen as well as the shard and Buckingham Palace.
I absolutely love fish and aquariums so I loved the London Aquarium. I probably dragged my girlfriend around for longer than she wanted. I don’t regret anything.
Madame Tussaud’s wax museum is a unique experience where you can look at the strikingly realistic wax works of world leaders, your favorite celebrities and more. The only issue with the wax museum is the queuing system. We we were forced to queue on the side of the street and there were many frustrated tourists all around us.
We also walked through parks and sat where we wanted and chatted about anything and everything. As I always say about cities, find what it means for you. If you are going to London from Indonesia or China or anywhere else in the world, enjoy the new culture and find what London means to you.
London was the platform the the rest of the travel I have done and the travel I will do in the future, for that and that alone I will always remember it.
London’s underground is probably the best underground rail system in Europe. I remember saying to my girlfriend ‘We are really lucky with these trains, we never have to wait more than 2 minutes and we are not even timing them’.
My two main tips for the underground is to buy an Oyster card and avoid rush hour. The Oyster card is a card which you can top up and then use to get in and out of train stations. They will speed up your journey as you do not have to queue to buy tickets.
Avoiding rush hour
Remember London is a city where people live and work. The underground system will be extremely busy early mornings and between 5-7 PM . Perhaps plan dinner or some shopping between these times.
If you have ever visited London and have any tips or recommendations I have missed please drop them in the comments below.