All Things London
There are so many places hidden behind what’s mainstream in London. Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower of London are all breath-takers and photo-musts but don’t end your trip with only tourist attractions. Get to know the REAL London…
London along the River Thames
The Thames flows East to West across the City of London and Greater London with its mouth opening East into the North Sea.
North of the River Thames
Areas to visit
- Kensington Palace- Princess Diana’s home
- If you like nice places, this area is for the posh!
- Hyde Park
- Where Winter Wonderland takes place every year.
- Princess Diana’s memorial fountain.
- Trendy, cheap, and LGBT approved!
- China town
- Covent Garden
- It’s an outdoor, high-end, and trendy shopping center.
- Apple Shop MUST-SEE.
- Street performers are everywhere.
- You can enjoy restaurants, pubs, and gift shops.
- Buckingham Palace
- Where Queen Elizabeth resides.
- Changing of the guards (every 30 mins) at Horse Guards Parade.
- St. James Park (amazing for picnics).
- The politicians’ hub
- Cardinal Place (a posh shopping mall)
- Westminister Abbey
- It’s a Gothic Church.
- Still offers daily services to the public, and tourists are welcome.
- Coronations take place here.
- Palace of Westminister (meeting place for the governing bodies of the UK)
- Big Ben
- The master clock is under construction for the next 4 years… You won’t get a good view of it until then, but it truly is a landmark!
- City of London
- Bank of England
- The skyscrapers (My three fave)
- 30 St Mary Axe The Gherkin
- The Leadenhall Building The Cheesegrater
- 20 Fenchurch The Walkie Talkie
- London Bridge
Tower Bridge London Bridge from a distance
- Old wharfs turned into apartments, pubs, shops, restaurants.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Iconic Catholic gothic-style church
- Tower of London
- A paid attraction- But def recommend!
- Built to be a Royal residence, but eventually became a prison where many royal figures faced torture and eventually death.
- The two Princes in the tower
- Elizabeth I
- Executions for espionage.
- Not just a castle, it’s a community. People still live there!
- Tower Bridge
South of the River Thames
Across Tower Bridge
- Potters Field Park
- Great for picnics
- The park always hosts seasonal outdoor markets representing every culture.
- City Hall
- Glass buildings everywhere.
- The mayor’s office (impressive building… round building on the map).
- Underground satellite restaurant center
- The Aqua Shard (another fave building!)
- Tallest building in London.
- An inexpensive restaurant with an amazing view!
- London Bridge- Borough Market
- Amazing street food!
- Made-to-order chocolate.
- Fresh prosciutto and cheeses sold.
- Wine and beer tastings
- A very ‘local’ place to visit
- Potters Field Park
- Great place for beer, food and a great view of North London any time of the day!
- Super lively– ALL THE TIME!
- Customers are mainly businessmen and women.
- BFI IMAX- biggest theatre I’ve ever seen!
- London Eye
- It always has a long line!!
Check off all of these places to go on your next trip to London!
Don’t just go to London, Be a Pro!
Here are a few more photos from the trip to enjoy!