It's been exactly 4 years since I made London my 2nd home (before moving back to Delhi in 2014). London has a special place in my heart - the city on its own is fantastic; but this was also the city where we spent the first few years of our married life. There was hardly ever a weekend (and often weekdays) when we didn't step out - walking/ cycling (hence you'll see thinner versions of us in these pictures). People often complain about the London weather - but we didn't really mind it. The summers are lovely (everyone is happy and out on the streets), winters are dark and cold - but it's fun to bundle up and walk down the streets (having Jagerbombs along the way to keep you warm!).
The longer you stay in London (as I guess is true about any city), you discover more and more awesome places and experiences.. Through this series, I would like to share with all of you some of the places we loved and would recommend to anyone visiting the city.
First of, incase you are a tourist, recommended places to stay: Accommodation is a bit expensive in the city, but definitely stay in Zone 1 or 2 - around Hyde Park, Bayswater, Notting Hill, Chelsea, Fulham, Parsons Green, South Kensington (to name a few). Just ensure you are close to the Tube station and then the reliable and closely knit Tube network will get you to places!
The must-see sights like Tower Bridge & Tower of London, Westminster (Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey etc.), Buckingham Palace, London Eye etc. can be done easily through either one of the hop on-hop off buses, Thames river cruises or even better - on cycles! Throughout the city, you'll find enough cycle spots that you can pick up or drop off your cycle for really cheap (#hack - cycles are free for first 30 mins, so take out your watch and keep parking the cycle and then picking up a new one!)
#Tip: download apps like citymapper - very useful for figuring out how to reach your destination (tells you the estimated time and cost)
London Bridge at night
View from London Bridge at night (Tower Bridge in the background)
Tower Bridge on clear, sunny day (so unusual in London!)
The Shard (has a couple of great restaurants with awesome views)
We loved picking up a cycle and pedalling away - the best time is on Christmas Day when the city is literally shut and there are no cars on the road!
View from London Eye
Thames River cruise
Next in these series is about our favorite places to eat (of course, the list is super long given our lusting tastebuds but have tried to narrow it down to the best!)..watch this space for more!