London.....Where the Heart is
Born and growing up in London, I know it well. I have my favourite places that I love to return to over and over again. Other than all the usual attractions to see, here's a few are my top tips on the city.
First up, buy an Oyster Card, it’s the cheapest and fastest way to travel around on the London Underground and buses. It is valid across all travel zones and automatically calculates the best value fare for all the journeys you make in a single day. “Don’t forget to stay to the right on escalators on the tube (or you may get yelled at). Walkers use the left”
London is so varied it takes a lifetime to explore. One place I would recommend is the (relatively new) London Eye. It is great to see the whole of the city spread out before you. As a Londoner it is fun trying to pick out familiar landmarks from a very unfamiliar perspective. Nearest Tube Stations: Waterloo, Westminster & Embankment
Take the London City Tour Bus. It gives you a great overview of the city, a general idea of where things are so you able to plan what you want to come back to explore. The ticket lasts for 24 hours, you can ride it as often as you wish in that time period and hop off and on wherever it stops. The bus ticket also includes a free cruise down the Thames River.
My favourite place is Portobello Markets in West London is one of the most famous street markets in the world. It is a popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike. It’s a great for a Saturday afternoon stroll. There has been a market on this street since around 1870. As well as the antique stalls there are a whole host of arcades, galleries, shops and cafes. Stop for lunch at one of there are plentiful stalls selling a wide range of hot and cold snacks. Nearest Tube Stations: Notting Hill Gate & Ladbroke Grove
Harrods is also a must visit. The store is huge and visiting every department takes a long time. My favourites are the famous Food Hall (divine cup cakes) and the perfumery and cosmetic departments. Great place for souvenirs or gifts for home. Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge
Covent Garden seems to have a bit of everything in one place. It is essentially a large square surrounded by shops and restaurants, live music and street artists. It has a unique character all of its own from small modern designer shops, to pavement cafes, to the market there is something for everyone, and it can, and will engage you for hours! This place place is great for all the family. The London Transport Museum is only a few steps away. Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden
There are many London Museums to choose from, including the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Many of London's big museums are free, so it won't cost you a penny to see all that London's museums have to offer. Nearest Tube Station: National History & Science Museum - South Kensington Tube British Museum - Holborn or Russell Square Tube
To feel like home head to GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) many dotted around London. Three Kiwis came together to create a burger restaurant like never before. They serve the best burgers at a really reasonable cost.