We returned from our week long trip to London. Seriously, It seemed like we had just touched down, when lo and behold, it was time to come back. I guess it’s needless to say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For us, London is one of those places that we love going to again, and again, and one that we never get tired of. Federico and l would love to live in London. London is expensive without a doubt, so it’s not realistic for us. I would have to be in Zone 1 or 2 in central London, which means big bucks for flats and everything else. We will just stick to visiting this amazing city.. Here are three of the reasons why we love London, what it’s like to visit London and what is good about London (everything but the weather :-) ). There are so many reasons to visit London, here are just three.
3 Reasons to Love London: Make that 4!
The Sights of London:
What’s not love? London is a beautiful city. There is so much history and beauty everywhere you look. Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park, Covent Gardens. The list of awesome places to visit in London goes on and on..We visited Shoreditch and Brixton for the first time too, which was interesting. We got to see “Electric Avenue” that was made famous by Eddy Grant in the early eighties. I couldn’t get that song out of my head for ages! It was very cool to see.
The Food in London:
We attempted to eat in the famous Brick Lane in East London, which was just a short walk from the Shoreditch tube station, but l wasn’t very fond of buying cheap food and eating whilst standing or sitting on the ground. The whole place just seemed a little bit too gritty for me. It has a very youngish vibe. I felt a bit too old to be doing that :-). We ended up at a really cool dim sum place called The Drunken Monkey which was recommended by Lauren . She had eaten there on her last London trip. Her review was spot on, we had lovely food there. Everything was great, especially the shredded duck and pancakes. We attempted to take pictures, but ate most before remembering to. The prices were pretty reasonable too. If you find yourself in London, drop by for some good chow.
Living in Malta, I’ve yet to find an Indian or Chinese restaurant that l love, so you can just imagine, we gorged ourselves on those. We went to Chinatown at least 3 times. We also discovered an amazing Indian restaurant called Lal Qila in Tottenham Court Road. I highly recommend it if you find yourself close to Oxford Street or the Euston station.
You are spoiled for choice in London. Whatever you desire, you can find. We went to Brixton for some Jamaican food, but you can find Korean, Spanish, Italian, etc. all coexisting in the same neighborhood. Most are reasonably priced too. I had intended on also eating a lot of Mexican food , but only ended up eating it just once. I had a margarita that was just so so, and l think that turned me off. I have yet to have a good margarita in London, so I will save my cravings for U.S. trips.
The Shopping in London:
It’s quite easy to break the budget in London as there some really swanky stores like Harrods, and Selfridges. You also have your mid range stores like Marks and Spencer (M&S), Next and bhs. Mixing it up will help you do London cheaper. Then you have your budget stores like my favorite Primark (a must visit for budget friendly hip clothes). You can find all these stores in Oxford Circus. For sports related stuff, there is Lillywhites at Piccadilly Circus. My husband gets to pick up his authentic soccer team jerseys at way better prices than on the internet.
Bonus reason to love London: Free museum entry
We also got our culture on by visiting the National Gallery museum . It was so nice to see amazing works by Monet (my favorite), Manet, Van Gogh, and Sisley among many other masters. If you love the Impressionists, l highly recommend checking it out. It’s free admission, as are plenty of other museums. I wish l could own all the impressionist art in the galleries :-) . How lucky that the museums in London are free to enter! It saves tons of money.
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Should you visit London? Of course! You really don’t need any other reasons to visit London! Just do it! :-) . How about you? Have you been? What are some of your favorite things to do in London? Please share.