I finally made it to London!!
A group of my friends and I got up early on Saturday morning to take the train into London! Thankfully this time our train was not delayed haha. Less than an hour later we arrived at the London Liverpool Street station. We then decided to purchase a bus pass for the day which was only £5. It turned out to be a great idea because we were able to take the bus anywhere we wanted to go, without having to worry about paying a fare each time.
Our first stop was at coffee shop chain, Pret a Manger (which means ready to eat). It was only about 10am so it was the perfect time for a pastry and a coffee. I had a warm chocolate hazelnut croissant and a chai latte which were both so delicious 🙂
Our first attraction of the day was the Tower of London. We debated going inside but due to the expensive admission prices we opted out and took a few pictures from the outside instead.
Next up was the Tower Bridge!
Once on the other side of the river we hopped on a bus and made our way to the Tate Modern.
I had no previous knowledge of this art museum and what it looked like so I was surprised to see how huge and slightly ugly it was! It is definitely not my favourite kind of architecture but was still interesting to experience what it had to offer. We briefly looked at the free exhibits before making our way to the top floor. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a panoramic view of the city!
We also walked past Shakespeare’s Globe and St. Paul’s Cathedral. I would have liked to go inside both of these famous buildings, however the admission prices are not exactly friendly to a student budget.
We hopped on another bus that took us slightly outside the main city center to Candem Town where the Candem Market is located. It was finally time for lunch!!
There was an overwhelming amount of food vendors to choose among, ranging from fish and chips to poke bowls to pizza and everything in between! After 10 minutes I finally decided on the YUM DOG. It was a hot dog topped with cheese, pickles, crispy onions, mustard and a secret sauce. SO DELICIOUS! I wish I had one right now haha
Somehow after that massive meal I still had room for dessert so naturally I choose an oversized and overpriced donut! It was a simple caramel donut but was also very delicious too 🙂
By the time we got back to the more central area of London it was starting to get dark. The London Eye was one of the last attractions on our list so that where we ended up. Big Ben is close by but unfortunately it is under construction so there wasn’t much to see.
Although it had only been a few hours since my last (and enormous) meal, I was starting to get hungry again (typical). We ended up at a cute rustic French style restaurant. I had a chicken and leek pie with roasted potatoes, carrots and beans on the side. Once again my meal was delicious and worth every penny!
And that was it for my adventure to London!
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the condition of the city. I thought that because it’s so populated, the streets and buses would be more dirty and not as well kept but they were nice and clean! Perhaps that is because I was only in the main tourist areas, but I could still feel a difference between London and Colchester!
I hope you enjoyed reading!
Until next time,