As a Northerner, visiting London is pretty exciting. It’s big, people are rushing around and there’s always something going on. For me, London is great in small doses but I’m always glad when I head back up North! Negotiating the tube tends to stress me out and those massive escalators scare the hell out of me.
Nevertheless, when I got the opportunity to spend a long weekend in London, I jumped at it. In true tourist style I began planning my itinerary a couple of weeks in advance, making sure I had time to fit everything in. It kind of worked out to plan, although alcohol and the inevitable hangover hindered things a little!
On Saturday morning I headed to London on the Megabus (a very cheap method of transport). Because of my tendency to try and spend as little money as possible and my love of early mornings, it meant catching the bus at 6am ready for a 4h30min journey ahead. I’ve started to use coach travel more and more frequently nowadays just because trains can be so expensive. You can get a Megabus from Leeds to London for £4 – it’s nothing!
Anyway, I had a bit of a snooze on the coach and finally arrived in London late morning to meet some friends for drinks and some food. We headed to Borough Market which is a pretty cool place. We had a few glasses of wine and tried out some of the food. There was so much to choose from but I eventually settled on a chicken, bacon, leek and beer pie. Sounds a bit weird but it was so nice.
Feeling slightly tipsy I made my way to my hotel at Tower Bridge and got settled in. Then it was time for a night out in Shoreditch. I’ve been out in Shoreditch before and really enjoyed it. Last time I saw a gig at Bedroom Bar but this time we went to Mother Bar. It was pretty good – the only annoying thing was that you couldn’t take a handbag in…
Sunday was supposed to be my full sightseeing day but I ended up getting up a bit late. I still managed to make it to the Tate Modern and the British Museum though. I love a good art gallery and it’s the perfect hangover activity.
I found the British Museum quite overwhelming – there was just so much. Seeing the mummies and the jewellery collection were highlights for me and, of course, the building is stunning.
In the evening I took a wander around St Katherine’s Docks and went to see the poppies around the Tower of London. It looked so striking at night and also it meant I missed most of the crowds.
I headed there first thing the next morning as well just as the sun was rising. Later in the day it was absolutely packed with people so I was glad I went to see it early.
Monday was my last day in the big city and I decided to have a chilled out day doing some shopping. I headed to Topshop’s flagship store and tried not to get too tempted by all the clothes. Afterwards I went to Harrods in Knightsbridge and looked at all the things I couldn’t afford. I found it amazing just looking at how much everything cost (that’s if it even had a price tag on). Of course, I suppose if you’re that well off you don’t need to look at the price tag anyway!
My last few hours were spent in Covent Garden where I watched the street performers (saw a mind-blowing man who hovered in mid-air) and perused the antiques market.
All in all it was a successful weekend although there is still so much more I want to see. Hopefully another trip will be on the cards soon!