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A Weekend in London

As the worldly renowned Independent reports, the central part of the European Union’s biggest city is very complex, but at the same time it is very simple to go on a tour of it by foot. If you are in London just for a weekend, here are things you can do and see.

Postman’s Park London
Postman’s Park London

Almost all of the major sights and landmarks are only a mile away from Charing Cross, which is the official center of London situated in the southern part of Trafalgar Square. From there you can easily reach South Bank and you can do so simply by crossing the Hungerford Bridge. There you can find the biggest carousel in the world, the Millennium Wheel, from which you can see almost the whole of London, and also the London eye as well. South Bank is mainly considered as the heart of tourism in London, because anyone who comes to London makes a stop here, but Covent Garden is not far behind concerning tourism with the offering of the Piazza which is constantly filled with people.

Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square

But, where to stay when in London? There are so many opportunities and only a few of them are good ones. Maybe the best, and certainly the cheapest, way would be by renting a flat or a private room. You can find some of these short term rentals here http://londonapartmentstorent.com. They provide the same comfort and care as the holes do but for the lesser amount of money and allows you to see London from a different view, since in most cases you will be staying in other people’s homes.

Oxo Tower
Oxo Tower

One can start his or her walk in the center of London starting from the west side of the Oxo Tower. It is a tower built in an Art Deco style where on the top floor you can find some of the best French style cafes and a pricy restaurant and topped off with a panoramic view of London. From there you can reach the Royal National Theatre or visit the exquisite café situated near it. From their you can reach the Hayward Gallery by stairs or take a troll through the Royal Festival Hall, where you can catch a free play if you are lucky enough to come by at the time of its showing. From here you can go down the quay which is a part of Jubilee Walkway, where the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s II accession to thrown was celebrated. You will then make your way across the Jubilee Bridge which is also called the Hungerford Bridge. When crossing the bridge you will reach the part which is swarmed with very amusing street entertainers. There you can visit the famous London Eye and make your way to the former headquarters of the London County Council. Get across the Westminster Bridge from there and catch a bus which will take you to the Piccadilly Circus.

When reaching Heddon Street you can make time for a quick bite to eat. You can buy food sold by a pound on the street or you can indulge yourself and sit in one of the French or Italian restaurants which are located here. If you want to taste something exotic, there is the restaurant called the Momo which specializes in Moroccan specialties. After enjoying a suitable meal you can burn those calories by doing a bit of window shopping in Regent Street which has for many years been popular because of the headquarters of various airlines, and here you could have bought a plane ticket to almost anywhere in the world. But now you will have to settle for seeing some of the National Geographic stores which have completely taken over this part of town. It is around 17pm now and it is happy hour at the Cubana, where we are off to next. The drinks are half the price every day, except Saturday, until 18.30 pm. Besides grabbing a drink, you can try some of the Cuban specialties made here which are very tasty. But if you are in a mood for a bit of Thai food, you can go just across the street and visit the Marie’s Café. During the day it is a simple café while at night it becomes a lavishing restaurant.

A trip to London will simply not do without a ride in one of the double decker buses. You can grab one after you have taken a walk down the Stand and seen the old St. Paul’s Cathedral built in 1633. From there you can get in one of the famous double decker Routemaster buses from the 50s and the 60s and see some of the sights from the upper part of the bus. As you are riding, think about the fact that the current bus in which you are sitting in has been driving people all over London for over fifty years.

London is filled with parks, big ones and small ones and of various shapes and sizes. Most of them were actually old cemeteries long time ago. One such park is just north of the St Paul’s Cathedral, known as the Postman’s Park, because just across the road of it an old parcel sorting post used to be located. The parks in London provide their residents with peace and serenity. The visitors are also welcomed to join in the relaxation and they could do so by walking around or by sitting on a bench and absorbing the nice and invigorating atmosphere. From there, the closest spot is Bond Street. You can reach it by traveling going by the metro Central Line or by bus, which ever you prefer the most. The Bond Street is a great place to have a quick brunch, but is also a spot more suitable for mornings. Saturday mornings are the best and the premier time to come is around 12.30 pm. You will also miss the rush hour this way. The best things in life are also the simplest things and is the reason why only one dish can be found served here. A stake with some French fries and a side of green salad followed by a bottle of their finest local wine served for two. Absolutely Heaven of earth, and is the thing which will end your stroll through London and make you feel good inside.

By MikiMo

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