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London tourist attractions

What to visit in London when you have just a few days to explore?

London has definitely a lot to offer and see. If it is your first time there and you visit it for a few days, you will probably want to explore the most famous places + something extra. Let’s check my recommendation. 😉 

Tip – For a public transport I would recommend you to buy an Oyster card as in buses you usually cannot pay with cash. It is easy that you can just tap and go. I personally enjoyed the rides in a Double Decker.:-)

Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

The ceremony starts at 10.45am and it runs almost every day in summer but other months every second day – check the schedule – https://changing-guard.com/dates-buckingham-palace.html


Check these red dressed guys and stay there for the whole process to see how they go out of the gate and walk in the park so you will be able to see them closely. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before as it gets really crowded and you will need to squeeze yourself and push through the crowd to see anything. Be ready that everyone is excited to see it so it can be challenging to find the right spot especially when you are a passionate photographer as me. 🙂  

Piccadilly Circus

A theater district surrounded by cafes with delicious croissants located near famous Trafalgar square. Picturesque location, lovely to walk and surrounded by red telephone boxes that I just admire as they create an iconic London. I think if they remove them it will lose a lot of charm. If you like art and walk around Trafalgar square visit the National gallery, the entrance is free.

Big Ben + The House of Parliament

Big Ben is the icon of London but did you know that now is under construction until 2020? Pretty long! However, why not to still check the surrounding?  Head to the House of the Parliament and then walk across the Westminster bridge. If you walk there on sunset time, you can see the Tower Bridge with incredible purple colours behind.

Walk on the Tower Bridge, check the Tower of London

The white bridge with blue decoration, which lies on Thames river, is stunning with its architecture and create another icon of London.

Little Venice

I would say that Little Venice can be sometimes forgotten as not many people talk about it when it comes to London but it is a lovely place to visit. The Little Venice is surrounded by boat houses and it is a peaceful and quiet place.  It reminded me Amsterdam canals. You can walk there from Regent park which is a small park for recharging your energy. Be ready that the walk from the Regent park to Little Venice takes around 30 min and can be tricky with the buses there.

Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross station

Despite the fact, I am not an obsessive fan of Harry Potter I just felt like I want to see this place. The platform is not a “real” platform. 😀 You have to walk in the area with Cafes and shops and until you see the Harry Potter shop.  It is located right next to it. There was quite a big queue when I was there as there were professional photographers with some equipment to make the photo more authentic such as scarf and fan. I liked how enthusiastic they were, you could observe how they really enjoy their job. 😊

St. Paul Cathedral

Notting Hill

Unfortunately I have missed this part but next time I visit London I will definitely take some stunning photos there. You can see a photo from fellow photographers.

Photo from spotahome.com

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