Hello, fellow travellers! I hope you are all enjoying wonderful weather!
One of my readers challenged me to name the most exciting city in the world. That is a difficult question to answer. I have been to many exciting cities, but I have to say that London is the most exciting. In fact, London is still the capital of the world, even if the British Empire is long gone.
Soho looking vibrant
Don’t be a noob, take the tube!
Here’s a Pro-Tip: Use the Heathrow or Gatwick Express high-speed train into Central London and then the Underground to reach your hotel the quickest with the least hassle. The taxis are pricey from the airport and they are much slower than the rail and ‘tube’ network. Once you are close to your hotel, you can always jump into a black cab for a quick and inexpensive ride to your ultimate destination.
Eye love you, London!
There are notable landmarks all over the city. The Tower of London is one of my favourites along with Westminster Abbey and nearby Buckingham Palace. To feel part of the Medieval city, check out Saint Paul’s Cathedral. To experience nature within the City, visit Hyde Park, Green Park or walk the embankment by the world-famous Thames river. The London Eye charges for admission but provides a birds- eye view of the entire city from its position on Southbank across the river from Big Ben and the House of Parliament.
Market fresh produce and incredible street food
A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without sampling its fantastic and varied cuisines. Visit Edgeware Road for the best Middle Eastern food, China town for scrumptious authentic oriental food, and literally every street in London for excellent Indian food. Indian food is the most popular cuisine. A trip to London wouldn’t be complete without sampling the fare at its gastro-pubs.
The city’s buzz is intoxicating!
As you would expect, there are a myriad of options for hotels to serve any lifestyle and taste. Some of the world’s best hotels, but they can be pricey.
I suggest that you checkout some of the quirkier hotels that London has that offer world-class service like the Sanderson Hotel, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel and the Novotel London Canary Wharf for super-cool venues that won’t break the budget.
London has been a centre for shopping and commerce for centuries but is an especially good value right now with the Brexit-impacted Pound Sterling. Trade your foreign currency when you arrive or use a local cash machine for the best rate. Then, visit Oxford Street for the obligatory shopping experience. Locals eschew Harrod’s for Harvey Nichols a few hundred meters further east. Soho offers eclectic and quirky shopping while Westfields is a temperature controlled mega-mall for when the weather prohibits walking outside. London has a store to sell anything you wish to buy!
Another Pro-Tip: Visiting London during the long summer evenings is the very best. The weather is warm and (mostly) dry, the light has a special soft quality and the City has a buzz like no other place in the world.
London is the most exciting city in the entire world and it is the best value right now for many years. Visit when you can, use my recommendations, and think of me fondly!