I have always secretly wanted to be super touristy in my own country and seen as though I had only ever been to London once to go Christmas shopping, my trip in September with my mum was the perfect opportunity to do it. We went to London by coach from Manchester to meet up with my friend from the U.S.A and decided to book an overnight stay at a hotel to make a weekend out of it. We packed so much into the two days thanks to google maps and to say my feet hurt when we got home was an understatement.
Day 1: When we arrived in London we were just in time for the changing of the guards outside Buckingham Palace and we instantly knew where we were heading due to the big crowds. Once the crowds cleared we found my friend and her family and headed down towards Big Ben. We walked around the outside of Westminster and the Abbey and as expected there were so many red telephone boxes and black taxis. We stopped off for lunch at a pub and I felt obliged to buy fish and chips but changed my mind. After lunch we got the underground and went to tower hill, I was expecting a huge cylinder looking tower but actually it looked more like a castle.
Tower Bridge was beautiful and we walked under it and across it as there was a small festival happening on the other side of the Thames. Me and mum then headed to the hotel near Pimlico station and then went on a long walk down the river side. We walked to find Covent Garden and before we reached it we came across Trafalgar Square where there was a lot of street artists and music playing. We stopped for tea at ‘Mini Frankies’ which is one of my favourite places to eat. We walked along the Thames at night and passed all of the boats which were holding parties and meals which was really cool.
Day 2: After going to the majority of the main tourist sights and attractions on the first day we decided to see the other side of the city which involved a lot of window shopping and food. We walked to Oxford Street and Piccadilly circus after eating lunch in Trafalgar Square and went in a mix of high street and designer shops. You couldn’t tell what day of the week it was as everywhere was so busy and it seemed like the norm.
We went back to Covent Garden as we wanted to visit the magnum store and it was amazing!! All it sold was magnums and you got to make your own it was so nice and so hard to eat but was worth the hundred of calories. We went into the market and the roof was covered in huge white ball shaped lights which was so pretty. We found a really nice shop downstairs which felt like Cath Kidston which is one of my favourite shops.
The weather was fab the whole time we were there so we didn’t need our umbrellas or our coats, but you can never be sure in the U.K. After all the walking, shopping and sightseeing we were ready to put our feet up on the 5 hour coach journey back home after a busy two days.