Ok, I’m cheating a little bit here because I’m English and lived in London for a little while.
Three months, can I call that living there? Well, I am.
So at the time, I was really struggling with what I wanted to do with my life (I still am, but that’s for another post!) and I moved on a whim with no job so I didn’t really have the chance to really LIVE in London.
First things first, download some apps.
CityMapper is an absolute Godsend. Turn on your location and enter your destination and it’ll tell you where to walk, what bus or train to get, it even tracks how many stops until you need to get off. It saved my life when I moved to London and again when I moved to Sydney.
It’ll even tell you when to leave if you have somewhere to be by a certain time.
Next, get yourself an Oyster card. You can buy these from any of the train stations and I’m almost positive that you can buy them at the airport stations too. Simply tap them at the barrier to get in and out of train stations. You can also download the Oyster app to check your balance and top up on the go.
I call them traps because every tourist goes there, but there’s a reason why. You know you’re in London when you see them, and I always get a fuzzy feeling whenever I see them.
My top choices are:
- Buckingham Palace
- London Eye
- Tower Bridge
Nothing says London like those 4 attractions.
Take a Show
I cannot stress this enough. Seeing a show in London does not have to cost a fortune.
Download the TodayTix app and get last minute tickets for all the big shows. When I was there, I saw Wicked and Kinky Boots for only £25 each, both front row. I know. Jealous right? Just download the app, it’s SO EASY! And it has all the shows so you have no excuse not to see a show in London.
Food, Food Everywhere
Oh my goodness.
The food in London, I don’t even know where to start!
If you want to go Fancy (and yes it has a capital F), then go to Marcus at the Berkley Hotel in Mayfair. Owned by Marcus Wareing from Masterchef, the food looks insanely good. Obviously, it’s going to be a bit pricey, by YOLO right?
If you can’t stretch that far, then try the Hard Rock Cafe. With themed rooms and a gift shop that makes me jump around like a little girl, you’re bound to find something that you’ll enjoy.
You can’t beat a classic, so you should check out Zizzi on the River Thames. You can’t beat some incredible Italian food right next to the river.
Where To Stay
I cannot recommend AirBnB enough.
Just type in your location, your budget and check-in dates and it’ll pull up all the available places. Whenever I’ve tried an Airbnb, it’s been incredible. I stayed somewhere that had a view of the Shard! It was so affordable and the host was such a gem, he actually told me about the CityMapper app, so you never know what you could get from the stay.
Of course, if you want to stay in a hotel, check out Trivago. Just type in your city, check-in dates and it’ll pull up almost every hotel in London that’s available. From the budget-busting to pinching the pennies, you’ll find some beautiful hotels.
Just make sure that you’re not too far from a tube station or you’ll end up paying a fortune for taxis.
The only way to enjoy London is to be a tourist. Take the photos, go to the tourist traps and just lose yourself in the capital.