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I can confidently brand myself now as a professional London tourist for I must have scoured all corners of the capital on foot, by a double-decker bus, on the tube and even by ferry. Hence, taking my guests to the most important sights was more like a breeze, it’s just a matter of pressing the break every now and then as I have to remind myself that this is supposed to be a relaxing holiday! But sometimes I get carried away, so we ended up seeing a lot of London in just a day!
First things first,we armed ourselves with the one thing that would give us peace of mind public-transportwise. We bought the Oyster Card. For a fee of 5pounds for the card + day fare for Zone 2, all we did was to hop on and off buses and tubes unlimitedly…
Of all the modes of transport available in London, the best way to do sightseeing is through the double-decker bus. Make sure you head to the upper deck, at the front row! This is the best spot! It’s like taking a sightseeing bus without the multi-language commentaries. But who cares!
With a bus map, you can choose the routes that will take you to the icons of the capital including the excavations going on! This is the Gherkin, or I shall call it by its official name, 30 St Mary’s Axe after the number and name of the street where it stands. The ‘gherkin’ nickname comes from the English-slang for cucumber. Now you see the similarity?
A must-stop sight is St Paul’s Cathedral. Entrance is not free but you can go to the chapel to say a little thank you prayer (for having the chance to see London, for example!). From here you can do a lot of sightseeing on foot!
And don’t forget to explore the cathedral gardens. Lots of historical statues to discover and flowers to enjoy!
When you think you have taken in enough of St Paul, take the direction of the Millenium Bridge ……
……and enjoy the sight of the Thames river below and beyond.
This is the City Hall. A misshapen egg, the tip of a phallus….these are just some of the names they throw on it. I leave you to make your own.
Time for lunch!
My nephew wanted so much to try that British legend, the all-time popular fish and chips. He got his wish … but a dish with a French touch! We had it at a French restaurant along the Thames.
And for me who is still obsessed with busting the fats, this dish of protein and veggies made me feel satisfied but without any sense of guilt!
While the diet plan says that desserts can be eaten once in a while, I think, when one is on holiday, more energy is required to withstand those long walks and steep climbs!
The restaurant has a good view of the most famous bridge in London, a good enough reason to take our time and compose those much-needed shots!
Not content with just looking at the view, we had to walk it!
Another icon to see and to try is the London Eye. We’re going to try it tomorrow, hurray!
While the London Eye could give us the chance to see the city from above, the recently constructed “The Shard” building could also give us the same view. But I prefer to stare “AT” the tallest building in Europe instead of “FROM” it!
Another must-do is to pose next to the iconic red telephone boxes. You see lots of them in the capital but it won’t be for long as they will soon disappear from the face of England. I know it’s a stupid plan and majority of the English are against it, but who are we to protest? Anyway, at least, we have taken these souvenir shots!
Undeniably the most beautiful building in London is the Big Ben with the Parliament attached. Another “must-pose next to it” photo to prove to your friends that “You’ve done London!”
It’s dinner time, time to scout for food. While walking along Shoreditch, we stumbled upon a temporarily-abandoned-construction-site-turned-Lebanese-street-food-court and thought we should give it a try! Even the dining furniture has the street-food looks! The stool is actually great for my stiff back,
And this is the feast! Not only delish but light in the pocket! We’ll come here again! That’s what is great about this city. Because of its cosmopolitan nature, foods from all over the world are easy to find!
Next: Day 2 – London Eye and River Cruise