We usually prefer nature to cities, but there’s something special about London that even we found captivating. Here we tell you where to find the most delicious, fancy food locations and general tips for your trip to London.
Who travels to London should get an Oyster Card. This can be purchased in advance (by getting a Visitor Oyster Card) or on the spot at the airport / in train stations / in Oyster Ticket Shops, at these places you can also reload your Oyster Card with money. For a two day trip you will have to pay approx. 20 pounds recommended. If you still have money on your card you can withdraw it again. Both variants of the Oyster Card cost 5 pounds. With the Visitor Oyster Card you can still benefit from special offers and promotions, but the fee of 5 pounds is non-refundable. You can use the card for almost all means of public transport, e.g.B. the red buses, the London Tube (Underground), use the Overground, the Tram and also most of the train lines.
Highlights in London
London is a huge city, Stuttgart is a small village compared to it. That’s why there’s so much to see and discover there. The famous red telephone boxes can still be found in many places all over the city.
The Big Ben is of course one of the famous highlights of London, which you have to see once. Unfortunately, this one has been hidden behind scaffolding since 2017, but construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
To get to the London Eye you just have to cross the Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and you are there already. We have been to London several times but each time we were too cheap for the ride on the London Eye. Especially since you have to stand in line for ages to get in. Ca. 37€ you have to pay for a ride. After all, this takes 30 min.
Walking across Tower Bridge is a must do on your first visit to London.
The changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace you can save in my opinion. Here are unbelievable many people. To really get a good seat with a good view you have to be there an hour before.
In Boccoli Lane you can find hidden broccoli on every corner. In addition, there is a lot of street art in this hip area of London. So keep your eyes open when you walk through the streets here. In addition, parking prohibitions are pointed out here in a funny way.
The best markets in London
London is rich in markets, here I have listed the most important and famous:
Portobello Market in Nothing Hill is the world’s largest antiques market. Apart from antiques, you will also find super tasty food spots and street artists on every corner. The market is open every day from 09:00 except Sundays.
Borough Market is one of the oldest food markets in London. You guessed it… here there are all kinds of goodies& This is open every day from 10:00 clock (Saturdays from 08:00 clock) except Sundays.
Leadenhall Market is actually in the sense of my opinion not a real market. It is about real, small, expensive stores. Nevertheless, it is a very chic and worth seeing “hall” and besides, here was also a filming location of Harry Potter.
Convent Garden Market
In the Convent Garden Market you will find besides delicious food stalls especially fashion and jewelry shops. Next door is also the Apple Market (small artists market) and the Jubilee Market.
Camden Market is open every day from 10:00, but not all parts of the market are open during the week, so it is advisable to come here on weekends. This is huge over 1000 stalls are there. Here you can find all kinds of things from handbags to jewelry.
In general, the English gardens are all beautiful. They are lovingly designed and always well maintained.
In the St. James Park you also have a great view of the London Eye and the Whitehall Court building.