What to visit in London?
London offers a large amount of tourists attractions. It can be hard to decide where to start and what are you able to see for a short time stay. If it is your first time in London, let’s see what to not miss out.
Public transport in London
I recommend you to buy an Oyster card. It will make your life easier a you usually can’t pay with cash on a bus. With an Oyster card, you just tap and go. It is more convenient in order to avoid stress on your way. You can use it for a bus and subway. Whilst you are in London, don’t forget to get a ride in a Double Decker. It is a cool bus.
Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
The ceremony starts at 10.45 am. It runs almost every day in summer and other months every second day – check the schedule here. It is recommended to come at least 30 minutes earlier as it gets very crowded later. Then 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 like me, it might be tricky to find a good spot. Check these red-dressed guys and stay there for the whole process to see them walking out of the gate through the park. You will be able to see them very close if you walk to the park.
A theatre district surrounded by cafes with delicious croissants located near the famous Trafalgar Square. This location offers a lovely walk surrounded by red telephone boxes that creates the beauty of London.
It is fascinating how these old-style telephone boxes still remained and created the traditional charm. If you like art, visit the National Gallery near Trafalgar Square, which is nearby and 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 still check the surrounding? Head to the House of the Parliament and then walk across the Westminster Bridge.
If you walk there at sunset, you can notice the Tower Bridge with an incredible purple colour behind. It is really worth planning your time to see it. Incredibly magical!
Walk on the Tower Bridge, check the Tower of London
The Tower Bridge which lies on Thames River, is spectacular with its architecture. It creates the icon of London. You can chill out on the grass or explore restaurants and cafes along the river.
Little Venice can be sometimes forgotten as not many people talk about it when it comes to London. It is a lovely place to visit with beautiful park and canals. Little Venice a place surrounded by boathouses with a peaceful atmosphere. It reminded me of Amsterdam canals.
You can walk there from Regent Park which is a small park for recharging your energy as well. Be ready that the walk from Regent Park to Little Venice takes around 30 min and can be challenging 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. For example, you can borrow their scarf, use a fan to let your hair fly.
St. Paul Cathedral
Unfortunately, I have missed this part but when I visit London the next time, I will definitely take some stunning photos there. You can see a photo from fellow photographers – lovely colourful buildings.