Hello, my dear travellers!
It was the year 2015 when my feet touched, for the first time, the English ground! I’ve had a lot of luck and a chance to visit it twice in the same year. Once in May with my mom and once in October with my boyfriend. Both experiences were mesmerizing. As well as, probably, every travel lover, I have elaborated a detailed trip plan and the adventure could begin! These photos were taken on my second trip.
The ticket was really cheap! It costs 80€/person in both directions. We flew directly from Osijek to London with Ryan Air company. That was my first flight with low-cost airline company and I didn’t regret it. The flight was fantastic and it lasted for about two hours.
Accommodation in London can be cheap, but usually, it’s not (if you are looking for something good quality). If you are looking good enough, you can find something that fits in your budget. That’s like we found this amazing place! Palmers Lodge is a group of hostels located in London (Swiss Cottage and Hillspring) and, to my great joy, one is located in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. For me, this hostel is a perfect choice for everyone. Charming, historic building located near central London (borough of Camden) combined with great customer service. What more do you need? What I really love about this hostel is a full continental breakfast, its location, interior design and kindness of staff! Literally across the street is a tube station ‘Swiss Cottage’, where you can go directly to Westminster (central London) with Jubilee line. This place is definitely our favourite and we will sleep there again! Warm recommendation!
When I’m talking about favourite part of London, I will always talk about Camden town (shortly Camden). It is a labyrinth of markets, shops, and local bars. It offers an eclectic mix of markets, cuisines and live music venue. One thing in Camden you don’t want to miss is Camden market, open seven days a week. Shoppers can find clubwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, shoes and alternative clothes (you will see it down below). It is a place of different cultures, mine of creativity, where people come to discover new tastes. Here is a list of the top 10 things to do in Camden Town, so dare to do it all. I recommend you website Visit London, where you can find all you need to know on your first visit.
If you have enough time (I know, it is never enough for London), take a walk along the banks of the River Thames. You will enjoy the view towards London skyline and its famous buildings. For adventurers, take a ride on London Eye, all details you can check here. The ride will give you a wonderful view of London from the air, perfect for taking pictures. I also recommend one of the Thames river cruises. For a lunch with the best view, visit Skygarden. It’s free entry, but you need to book your free visit. If you want to lunch or just some drinks, you need also book a seat.
Walking along the river, you will come to the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges and became one of the main symbols of London. Near, you can visit Tower of London, historic castle. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognizable sights of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. You can easily recognize it by a huge, beautiful dome.
Probably the most interesting thing to see in London is the Palace of Westminster and its the most famous part – Big Ben. People usually think that ‘Big Ben’ is a huge clock, but it’s not. Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock. And, of course, don’t forget to take a photo in front of one of the red telephone box.
If you are, like me, street art lover, I recommend you to visit Shoreditch, a part of London where street art is changing on a daily basis. There you can find works by famous artists like Alexis Diaz and Banksy. Alexis Diaz created the most famous murals in London. A lot of them you can find on Hanbury Street and on Brick Lane. If you have a little bit more time, I recommend you to take some street art tour. It lasts few hours and you will be able to see all the hidden artworks in the city. Leake Street, another amazing art place, (also known as the Banksy Tunnel) is a road tunnel in Lambeth, London where graffiti is tolerated regardless of the legal complications. The street is about 300 meters long, runs off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo station.
Accommodation: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage
Pizza place: Pizza Hut
Market: Camden Market, Borough Market, Covent Garden
Park: Kensington Gardens, Greenwich, Hyde Park
Best view: The Monument, Skygarden, London eye
Street art: Banksy tunnel, Brick lane