Los Travelitos, greetings from the “oh so most royalish” Capital in the World – London.
Home of the Queen, Picadilly Circus, 10 Million People and Westminster Abbey.
So I had quite spontaneously a possibility to spend one day in that amazing City. Blitz tour London! OK but how to spend 1 day in London?
I haven’t visited London for a long time, so I was pretty amazed of how it changed and developed.
Of course I heard a lot from my friends, colleagues, people who have been there and are living there.
How to spend 1 day in London
So all signs were pointing on good, the only thing was to plan carefully the leisure time because at the end it was still a business trip, which usually means a lot of work and less time for sightseeing.
This time it was getting up at 4 in the morning – for me that means usually, at least three cups of strongest coffee extract before leaving the house.
Anyway , after a while the body-machine was running and I was prepared for everything. The flight from Berlin, of course couldn’t be easier.
This time, my flight was from Schönefeld to Gatwick.
So that meant, that I had to go from outer part of Berlin to outer part of London, which in summary took even longer than the flight itself.
But hey, its about the company, and when I unfortunately cannot travel with the Bird, but instead with nice Colleagues, its of course also amazing 🙂
Good weather in London, really!
Let me focus here more or less on the impressions I got during my free time in that amazingly wonderful city.
First thing – again the weather.
The Weathergod seemed to be a good friend of the Travelgod.
So either they are relatives or maybe it’s even one and the same (I still have to figure that out) but anyway – he was the hell with us!
Amazing 26 degree in London, while it was rainy and quite cold in Berlin.
Have a Guiness and enjoy life
One of the good things of European summers is, that it stays sunny and warm till late night, at least when it is a summer the way to it should be.
So for four days we had even in the evening hours still a lot of time to enjoy many parts of the city from different aspects.
Classic tourist sightseeing, eating at some fancy or non-fancy restaurants, having Guiness beers in some of the countless pubs, discovering some not so well known places or just going around and inhale as much as possible of this so very intense and special city.
I will not give you any recommendation here where to go for lunch or dinner, because it simply would not make sense.
Far too many possibilities for every kind of taste, I found out, that it’s a good thing just to let yourself go with the stream and see where your nose or stomach leads you and then try out some Burgers, Burritos, Asian food or whatever one likes. The possiblities are simply countless.
All by Credit Card, yes
I heard, the best Burgers you get at “Five Guys”, located at Covent Garden, Long Acre. Shame on me I didn’t try, but surely next time!
For breakfast I tried out some different locations. Paul’s, Costa, Pret-A-Manger.
The last one is quite a big thing in London with actually nearly 200 stores and what can I tell you – they are good.
The whole concept is pretty amazing, it’s all about the details and the quality of the food is more than great! Fresh, tasty, many possibilities to choose and payable.
Try it out, you will probably really like it. Another thing that comes to my mind and a big point for London/UK – you don’t really need any Cash.
With Credit Card you can even pay some 99Cent stuff and that’s fine.
Germany – this could be something to think about, we already live in 2015 and stuff like “Apple Pay” will be a big thing soon also here in Germany and it will make life so much easier, I am sure about this.
Cash is nice as a Souvenir to bring with home, but who really needs this anymore?
So yes, this made the stay also very easy and hassle-free.
I haven’t seen London since many years and what I saw now, was not only refreshing my memories, but it was like getting a completely different picture of a great place with a lot of kindness and respect of the people towards each other, which is for example different to Berlin.
From Trafalgar to Big Ben
Of course i did not visit that many other districts of London, and cannot judge by only seeing the Central part.
I just had a good time, I saw many impressive, lovely, crazy, interesting things and I truly enjoyed this so very own spirit of this „Reykjavík on Thames“, which is one of the official Nicknames of London.
I think it would bore you, if I tell you in detail, how I went from Trafalgar to Big Ben, was crossing the Millennium Bridge and saw so many other things – believe me, this is something you have to do on your own and I am sure there is no golden way to explore London.
It depends on how long you stay, your budget, what you want to see – at least you probably cannot do so much wrong, because in every corner you find magic.
London is in my opinion a “must see-place”. To be disappointed from this lively Capital is impossible.
So let me close this tiny London-Chapter with some impressions from my stay there – as I mentioned in the beginning, a huge tribute to the travel-weather-god(s), who made it possible that we have here now some blue-sky-pictures to look at 🙂
Enjoy also the rest of the pictures in our Gallery London, which you find here. I recommend to look at them while enjoying an Earl Grey Tea…
Dear Birdie-Travel-Readers, see you pretty soon next time, then with loud greetings from our Summer Metal Festival
Greetings from the Road – Hendrik
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