Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
― Samuel Johnson
Rightly said by Sir Johnson, London should be in your bucket list "Places To Visit Before You Die". It is the melting pot of culture, pubs , grub, fashion, sophistication and of course the Queen. It is a place where you dream to see the sun and have a mid-day lunch by the Thames.
By sunset you'd be looking for the nearest pub for a pint. London has so much to offer just a vacation is not enough.
When In London, Do As The Londoners Do!
Picture Credit: Shane Anacoura
London has zillions of old pubs and brewery dating back to 12th century. They are well restored and have a interesting history being them. British love to drink and have a special place in their heart and belly for a tall glass of pinot. Ye Olde Watling in the city of London dates back to 17th century. It's a must to share a glass of their finest ale when in London.
London can be a little hard on your pocket sometimes but no worries avoid the poncey restaurants and head to pride of Spitalfields brick lane. The place is like trade fair of Delhi (food section) but every Sunday in Brick Lane. The place has every cuisine one can possibly hope for, name it and they have it around the corner. Chinese, Thai, Indian, Turkish, Jamaican, German, Italian, American, waffles, pancakes and even momos. What more can I ask for? When in Britain don't forget to try Fish & Chips with mushy peas and curry dip and Sunday Fry Up with Bacon, Sausage and mushroom in a pub it will blow your socks off. High Tea by the Thames is also recommended, who doesn't like tiny fancy sandwiches and cakes.
Now that belly is full why not head to some museums. London has by far one of the best museums. Victoria & Albert known as V&A museum has some eye gouging pieces from the past. Victorian, Edwardian, Roman they have it all, restored with tenderness finest piece of art from all across the globe. Here are some more to leave you gob-smacked British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum are some of the must see when in London.
Most of England has embraced their history and kept past alive in their buildings and walls. London has a melange of old and new perfectly complementing each other. Most of the old walls have dates on them making one wonder who else lived here hundreds of years back.
Another work of art is the church St' Paul. I bet you have never seen anything like this before. It will bamboozle your eyes to think heaven is right here, Right where you are standing in St' Paul. It is an enormous church with details so intricate that it'll take a lifetime in it's appreciation. One must go in the basement cafe of St' Paul to enjoy a cup of coffee and Victoria sponge cake.
Grab another cup of grande coffee and head to Tower Bridge, It is a great place for viewing London Tower and Tower Bridge in all it's glory with boats and yachts paddling across Thames and a vantage point for people watching.
Picture Credit: Shane Anacoura
For all the Harry Potter fans make sure you walk around Leadenhall Market and then straight head to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Still if you haven't had enough take tube to Madame Tussauds and let the compelling scent of waffles on Baker street let you eat more than you need.
All day window shopping at Oxford Street walking around the brands that one could hardly pronounce. Taking plenty of selfies in Trafalgar Square and ending the night in Soho with crazy drinking and some late night grooving. and...
This is just the starters.... when in London.