on Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:32 pm

One of my absolute favorite cities! I visited London in December 2010 right after Christmas. We stayed in the Grosvenor Hotel. It was pretty nice, the room wasn't anything to write home about but they had a nice breakfast and it was in a great location. The underground was literally right around the corner and there was a Restaurant/ Pub (which was always really crowded but they had a decent fish and chips) like 2 minutes away and a little eatery that served sandwiches and breakfast foods right around the corner as well (it is really popular and I can't remember the name which is driving me crazy). It was also really close to Buckingham Palace, something which we didn't figure out until one of the last days.

One of the first things you should do when you get to London is get an oyster card, which is a card that you fill up with money and then you use it for the metro and buses. It is easy to top up and it saves you a lot of hassle. Also I was pretty bad at navigating the underground, luckily my sister had a map and she knew what she was doing so we never got lost.

Also be warned that London is really one of the most expensive cities. We ended up buying some food from a local Tesco (grocery store) so we wouldn't bust our budget just on eating out.

So anyway some of the things we did...
We ended up seeing the plays Wicked and The Lion King. Wicked was so much fun and it really is as great as everyone says. The Lion King I didn't like as much, but I could imagine it would be so much fun for kids. Make sure to get floor seats for the lion king because the animals come out and play with the audience. 

We also went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum which was a total blast, it made me feel like a kid again. We also saw the 4D show (which isn't really worth it unless you have kids) and we did go through the scary part at the end which I didn't think was scary at all (then again I am really hard to scare so don't trust me much on that) Oh and be sure to get to the wax museum early, because there can be quite a long line.We came at just the right time so there was hardly any wait.

We also went on the London Eye, which goes A LOT slower than you'd imagine. But it is exciting to get a birds-eye view of London. Also at the end if you are going to buy a picture stand on the inside of the pod facing outward where the foot marks are. If not--be courteous and move aside for others.

I am not one for museums. We ended up going to the National Gallery and The British Museum. The British Museum wasn't too bad they have a lot of cool stuff like mummys in there, it might be a cool place to take the kids although it is really crowded. The national gallery is much less crowded but it is a lot more boring. And once you get in it is like a maze and the fun part becomes trying to find the exit. 

We also went into the famous store, Harrods.There was literally a line to get in and it was so crowded inside, and the prices are sky high. Right across the street though there is a Topshop where I spent most of my money. 

Anyway I loved London.  Feel free to add more tips or ask questions.

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London on Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

Very good review!I have been on the London Eye it was a downpour the day I went so I had no choice but to buy an expensive London Eye umbrella that broke within a hour lol....I got a picture as well in the pod :) It is a very stunning view.....

I wasn't in London very long as I travel to a small town in the South of England...But it is a beautiful city!I need to explore it more one day...I really wanted to go to the Wax Museum maybe next time :)

As you said its very expensive!I did the same just buy some pre-made sandwiches and salads at Tesco.

Tips on Sep 08, 2014 @ 08:28 pm

Most of the museums are FREE. So awesome. The pubs are amazing and don't miss the fry ups for breakfast.

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