A Traveller’s Guide to London (What to SEE, EAT & DO!)

 

 

In today’s post, I am going to share with you guys the exciting tips about exploring London, England. London is a city I have visited several times over the years – as a flight attendant during my 4 years of flying career, as a young adult still full of passion to travel around the world. Travelling is very close my heart and as an avid traveller, I love to visit as many new places as possible. In this travel guide A Traveller’s Guide to London (What to See, Eat and Do!), I will share about the top things to do in London, London attractions and sightseeing, London tours, theatre and restaurants in London and to help you plan your trip to London with useful traveller information.

 

Welcome to London

 

London, the Capital of United Kingdom – How do you envision London? To me, London is a leading global city with an interesting diverse range of people and cultures. The city’s vibrant dynamic atmosphere with buzzing food scene and great attractions make London as one of the world’s most visited city. Planning a trip to London? If you are anything like me, you will be keen to map out an itinerary that encompasses as many of the best attractions to visit and reserve your dining experience in advance for the best restaurants in London. I may have visited London several times in the past but still, nobody can comprehend my level of excitement when I can visit London again since my last visit in 2014.

 

 

The very first time when I travel to London was in 2011 and that was the sweet young thing image of me when I was 21 years old. I started out my flying career with good flight roster and London was my first European flight. London is one of my favourite cities in the world and there is always something new happening just around the corner with new and exciting trends popping up all the time. Me personally, I love the irresistible food scene in London (be prepared to put on some pounds), West End Shows and Musicals.

 

 

Best Places to See in London

Buckingham Palace

 

Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the monarch of the United Kingdom and is one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces. The palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. One of the best remembered moments of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding is when the newly married couple appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and shared a public kiss as thousands of people watched and cheered.

 

Watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. To catch this famous free ceremony, stand outside Buckingham by 10.15am. Be sure to check the Changing the Guard schedule on the Household Division website in advance as the ceremony only takes place on certain days or sometimes can be cancelled at short notice due to poor weather condition.

 

How to get to Buckingham Palace:  The closest Tube stations are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

 

Tower Bridge is one of London’s greatest landmarks and remains as one of the city’s most-visited tourist attractions. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London. Many tourists confuse Tower Bridge with London Bridge that is situated less than 1km away upstream. Along with notable attractions such as Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, Tower Bridge is one of the must-see architectural marvels when you are in London. From the elevated sidewalks, you can also get a prime view of the other main landmarks such as the newest additions to London’s Skyline, The Shard and Tower of London.

 

 

Not to mention, Tower bridge is one of the best photography locations in London to capture your perfect selfie shot. It is not a surprise fact that taking a selfie in London is so popular – with so many fabulous attractions and landmarks to pose in front of.

 

 

How to get to Tower Bridge:  The closest Tube station is Tower Hill. 

 

Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station

Platform 9¾

 

If you are a Harry Potter Fan, you will know that that Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station in London is where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry depart for Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express.

 

 

Remember that you have to run as quick as you can through the brick wall underneath the Platform 9¾ and would then be magically transported to the Hogwarts Express. I am pretending that I am off to start my magical school journey!

 

Based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Platform 9 ¾ is a fictional train platform located in King’s Cross Station. Due to popular request, station authorities at King Cross’s station decided to place a Platform 9 ¾ sign up in honour of J.K. Rowling’s hit series, and since then Harry Potter fans from all over the world have ventured to King Cross’s Station to snap a photo of the famous platform sign. Platform 9 ¾ is located between platforms 9 and 10.

 

How to get to Platform 9 ¾ at King Cross Station:The closest Tube station is King’s Cross St. Pancras.

 

 

Best Places to Eat in London

Coppa Club Restaurant

 

It is easy to understand why the Coppa Club has become an Instagram favourite with the restaurant situated overlooking Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames. Coppa Club boasts a collection of glass igloo-style domes and you will not want miss this unique dining experience to enjoy the glorious views of River Thames. And how much does it cost to dine in these delightful domes? The surprising answer is nothing! If you are really lucky enough, you might get a spot in an igloo, as the restaurant keep a few tables clear for walk-ins.

 

 

Perk yourself up with a cup of energising macchiato coffee and I went for the choice of Skillet Breakfast with two sunny side up eggs, sausage, Portobello mushroom, roasted tomato, baked beans and toast.

 

What a breakfast feast to kickstart your morning in London!

 

How to get to Coppa Club Tower Bridge:  The closest Tube station is Tower Hill Tube Station and is a 4 minutes walking distance to Coppa Club Tower Bridge restauant. 

 

Duck and Waffle

 

Duck and Waffle is one of London’s most renowned 24/7 dining establishment and as its name suggests, Duck and Waffle’s signature dish is Duck and Waffle. The restaurant is located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower and offers stunning panoramic views of the city. I will suggest making a prior reservation online to avoid disappointment and you will receive a confirmation email after reserving your seats at Duck and Waffle. Do request for a window seat if possible so that you can enjoy the view of the city while indulging in your meal.

 

 

It is definitely a must to order the signature dish Duck and Waffle! The duck confit is tender and has a satisfying crispy crunch, topped with fried duck egg and complement well with mustard maple syrup on a waffle.

 

How to get to Duck and Waffle: Duck & Waffle is situated on the 40th Floor at 110 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AY is a mere 200 mere walking distance from Liverpoor Street Station.

 

Burger and Lobster

 

Burger and Lobster is one of my favourite restaurants to dine at whenever I visit London. The menu is exactly as the name of the restaurant suggests, serving only three main courses – burger, lobster and lobster roll. If you are looking for a venue for a fun and tasty evening out, or a pre-theatre dinner before a show, Burger & Lobster probably offers the tastiest burgers and lobsters in and around Leicester Square. The Burger and Lobster restaurant chain grew from a pop-up in a Mayfair bar and now it has expanded to many more locations in London. The food quality at Burger and Lobster certainly lives up to its hype, at such an affordable and decent price.

 

How to get to Burger and Lobster Leicester Square: The closest Tube station is Leicester Square Station.

 

Sushi Samba

 

Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, Sushi Samba boasts some of the best views of London. Sushi Samba is a stunning restaurant featuring the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe. The bar and restaurants have a unconventional interior and beautiful décor and the views from the outdoor terrace are incredible.

 

 

The restaurant offers unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine that will whet your appetite. However, the beautiful presentation comes with an expensive bill. Great for a romantic date, while dining on delicious food with gorgeous views of the city skyline.

 

How to get to Sushi Samba: Sushi Samba is situated on the 38th and 39th Floor at 110 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AY is a mere 200 mere walking distance from Liverpoor Street Station.

 

The Cinnamon Club

 

There are many things to love about The Cinnamon Club, and your first ten minute through the door of this Indian fine dining restaurant, you will notice and admire the magnificently majestic setting of this Westminster institution that has served high-end Indian cuisine to many parliamentary famous figures since 2001. Set in historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club is an institution in the world of Indian fine dining. Since The Cinnamon Club opened in 2011, The Cinnamon Club has a long history of serving innovative and creative Indian cuisine.

 

 

Dishes range from the more popular offerings like butter chicken, beef vindaloo, and lamb rogan josh to the southern delicacies like masala dosa’s. It is undeniable that thoughtful presentation leads to a more enjoyable meal and your expectations will be exceeded.

 

How to get to The Cinnamon Club: The closest Tube station is St Jame’s Park Tube Station and is a 4 minutes walking distance to The Cinnamon Club.

 

 

Best Things to do in London

Watch a Musical

If there is one experience you just cannot miss when in London, it’s watching a musical at West End. No trip to London is complete without a West End Show and for musical novices, there is no better place to start than with a classic. Those seeking to soap up London’s rich theatrical heritage will be spoilt for choice with classic 80s blockbusters like The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables to modern masterpieces such as Matilda.

 

Les Misérables at Queens Theatre

 

Les Misérables is one of the most popular shows around the world, also the longest running West End musical. Therefore, it is a safe bet to say you will enjoy this highly acclaimed show. It is a musical that should not be missed and you are guaranteed an amazing show with stunning revolving stage, incredibly authentic costumes and scenery set against the backdrop of 19th century France.

 

We had premium seating to Les Misérables musical and we were so close to the stage, we could see the sweat, spit and tears of the performers. Les Misérables follow an epic story of an unrequited love and redemption and is written like an opera with singing throughout, it had audiences’ emotions running high. Les Misérables is perfect, too perfect and I absolutely love Les Misérables. Highlights included many hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear The People Sing” and “Bring Him Home”.

 

Do You Hear The People Sing?

 

How to get to Queen Theatre: The closest Tube station is Piccadilly Circus Station.

 

Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre

 

Wicked is an adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel of the same name and the musical has capture the hearts of many London’s West End audiences. Wicked is one of the best-selling musicals in London and the storyline follows the infamous witches of the Land of Oz as they go from rivals turned unlikely friends uncovering who are together with opposing personalities, shared love interest and the shock of the Wizard’s corruption. Tickets to catch Wicked musical are always sold out and very expensive. So, if you love drama, incredible vocals and good acting, Wicked the Musical is for you!

 

Defying Gravity

How to get to Apollo Victoria Theatre: The closest Tube station is Victoria Station.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Ian April 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    A nice comprehensive guide to london,,, I live here and still havent gone to most places uve advised… Museums here are also good and excursing out of london and into places like stonehenge.

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    • Irene April 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you! Yes I wish I can stay in London and have more time to explore other cities. Hopefully there will be a chance to come back again 🙂

      Reply

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