London


Westminster Abbey and Big Ben 

London has so much to offer with more than its share of mind-blowing antiquity, historic splendor, a shopping hub and artists destiny. Its architecture is absolute eye catching and streets are absolute lively. You can cover most of places in London on foot considering absolute favorable climate round the clock. However, be prepared for untimely showers of rain.


  
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We stayed at Aldgate and moved around the city on Tube which has the best connectivity to all touristy locations. Aiming to watch horse guards parade normally scheduled at 9:00 AM (check timings before you plan to go) at Buckingham Palace which presents a stirring sight as the life guards of Queen dressed in red tunics and white plumed helmets, mounted on immaculately groomed horses ride through the streets of London to change the guard.

The nearest tube stations are:Charing Cross  
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@St. James Park

Buckingham Palace -Change of Guards
Buckingham Palace has many royals parks at walking distance. We walked through St James Park and Green Park on our way crossed over Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus etc.

The nearest tube stations are:


We plonked ourselves on a table at an outdoor open cafe  near Trafalguare Square and opted for creamy mushroom soup while we walked in and around Trafalgar square only to retire for dinner at Covent Garden. The choice of restaurants, bars and clubs is legion in London and with so many options you end up regretting for not having tried the missed ones.




The day following we visited the Tower of London crossing the photographic Tower Bridge. Only if you are lucky enough you can spot opening of bridge to allow heavy & tall boats to pass through. Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of River Thames. 


Tower Bridge

We indulged in history of the Towers, Kohinoor diamond while enjoying sumptuous breakfast at Apostrophe located near Tower of London.



St. Paul’s Cathedral is another beautiful sight surrounded by mesmerizing garden where you can have a stroll after attending morning prayer.

The nearest tube stations are:

Tower Hill






Excited to head for our shopping we must admit London has several shopping streets from luxury goods in Mayfair to quirky finds in Covent Garden, to large shopping centers like Westfield and famous London department stores like Harrods. The heart of London shopping, bustling Oxford Street is home to designer outlets and landmark stores. It also boasts a range of famous department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams scattered among every well-known high street chain imaginable. You can easily spend a day browsing shops in London. 

Things to remember:
1. Plan a tour when sales are at peak and you can make most of your shopping.
2. Hop on and Hop off/ Tubes cover most of London and make all tourist attractions very accessible.
3. Plan your stay at any place near to Tube Station.
4. Be a foodie on your London tour.
5. Carry sports shoes or any comfortable footwear.
6. Umbrella is a must thing considering untimely showers.
7. Carry a map and explore most of it on foot to make your trip extreme fun.
8. Try to make it early for your shopping, most of the shops down shutters by 8ish.