I love travelling and I hate being a tourist. Hate being that kind of tourist who just tick places off the must-see list that can be found on the first page of Google search, that is. I am all for finding unique, non-trivial places to explore, and actually trying to understand and feel the city, rather than jumping from one tourist attraction to another. Although, we all do need to see these must-see places, don’t we?
My rules here are short and simple: a) don’t use transport, and walk instead whenever possible; b) always have your eyes open and your camera ready: it’s definitely not only the Big Ben and Eiffel tower that made their home cities famous.
Here’s a simple route we took as we arrived in London on Saturday morning, only having 2 days to explore the city.
- Victoria Station — Buckingham Palace — St James Park
When royal residence is so close to the station it’s a crime to miss it, and St. James park is amazingly beautiful oasis right in the cit centre. Bring some bread and feed the birds.
- Parlament & Big Ben
- South Embankment past London’s Eye, Millennium Bridge, Tate modern, London Bridge
Some vintage book fairs along the way, dozens of ice-cream vans (come rain or snow!) and stylish people all around.
- Borough Market
Because it’s a food heaven. And you need to try these oysters. And duck sandwich. And buy some true English apples.
- Tower bridge & Tower of London
Why do I hear Fergie in my head every time I see these? *eyes roll*