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Your spontaneous trip to London, England

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
                                                                         – Samuel Johnson

London offers an infinite amount of possibilities for whoever you are. Whether it’s exploring, shopping or eating that you like, you’ll never be bored here. London feels like a world of it’s own, a cultural and cosmopolitan microcosm within the United Kingdom. Enjoy!

Important information
Language:           English

Currency:            Pounds Sterling
Time:                    UTC + 0 (German time -1 hr.)

Secret tip:
One of London’s nicest and lesser-known parks is Battersea Park. Situated along the Thames between the beautiful Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, the park offers an array of possibilities from just strolling through the gardens to accessing a small zoo. This park is quieter than most and perfect if your idea of a perfect afternoon is reading a book in a peaceful green space.

 

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Where to go? What to do?

You can find a summary of all our recommended places and sites in our personalized map of London .

 

 

  • Explore the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to see a beautiful residential yet active neighborhood.  Get off at South Kensington, home to the Natural History Museum, the V&A and the Science Museum, and visit them for free. Walk down Brompton Road to see the famous Harrods department store and turn down Sloane Street to head towards Sloane Square. Once there, meander down the King’s Road, where you can also find an amazing gallery called the Saatchi Gallery (free entry).
  • If you are in the mood for a hipper area, head to Camden Town, where street art and beer gardens are a plenty. Walk around the famous Camden Market or walk along the canals, taking in London.
  • Want something even hipper? Head East to Shoreditch, dubbed the “new Camden”, or South to Brixton.
  • Feeling touristy? Get off the tube at Green Park and walk through the park to get a glimpse of Buckingham Palace. Continue through St. James’s Park until you get to the Thames, where you’ll have views of Westminster, Big Ben and the London Eye.
  • Here on a weekend? Head to Malty Street Market for the best gourmet street food London has to offer from all over the world. We recommend Monty’s if you want a fantastic pastrami sandwich or St. John’s if you’re looking for delicious cream donuts.

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Where to take a break? Where to eat?

  • Take a walk around Borough Market (full market runs Wednesday to Saturday) and snack on all kinds of different street food. Find Monmouth Coffee Company (at the back of the market) and grab a warm cup of brew. It’s often bustling and with a queue, but worth the wait.
  • Walking around Camden? Take a break at the Lock Tavern, where you can hang out in the beer garden, the rooftop garden or just stay inside and take in the London pub culture. Check their event list and you could catch a gig upstairs.
  • Looking to spend a little more and feel truly British? Head to Fortnum and Mason’s on Piccadilly and enjoy afternoon tea and scones!
  • If you’re in Greenwich visiting the Cutty Sark or the National Maritime Museum, head to The Golden Chippy, one of if not the best fish and chips in London.
  • The other staple of English cuisine is the Sunday Roast. Head to Covent Garden to go to the Hawksmoor Seven Dials for a delicious Sunday meal. You may want to try and book a day or two before to be sure to find a table!

 

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How to get there and around?

The three largest airports in London are Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

  • Heathrow: The most cost-effective way of getting to Central London is to take the Underground. The Piccadilly Line runs all the way to Heathrow and across London. Visit the airport tube station and purchase an oyster card for £3 at a cashier window (Oyster cards can be topped-up at any Underground station). Alternatively you can buy a day travel card for £12.10. (50 minutes to Piccadilly Circus).
    If speed is a concern, take the Heathrow Express that will bring you to Paddington for £21.50. (15-20 minutes to Paddington)
  • Gatwick: Head towards the Gatwick Express and purchase a single ticket for £17.80 and a return for £27.20. (30 minutes to Victoria)
  • Stansted: Head towards the Stansted Express and purchase a single ticket for £16.60 and a return for £28.00. (47 minutes to Liverpool Street)

Purchase an Oyster Card if you are in London for more than a day for just £3. Top it up and have your daily spend capped at £6.60 if you only travel within Zones 1 & 2 Check out the Tube map for more details.

 

Where to stay?

If you are looking for a cheap hostel, check out Hostel World where you can find a selection of hostels for £15-£25 a night. We recommend going for one around King’s Cross if you want to be walking distance from the center, or one in the East (Shoreditch) if you are looking for a more hip and cool location. If you feel a dorm lacks privacy, book a private room at a hostel.

If you are looking for something a bit fancier, try Travelodge’s Covent Garden branch, which offers rooms for around 100£ a night.

Or if you want the true experience of living in London, try out Airbnb.

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More blog articles about London can be found in Reise2PunktNull – check it out!

That’s it. Now you’re ready to take on London!

Enjoy and don’t forget to be spontaneous.
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