Dear London, I really missed you3 min read

It´s been so long. Over 4 years. 1470 days to be precisely. The last time I was in London after I graduated from school. I did an internship there for two months. Anyway, I had plenty of time to explore the city. But London never sleeps! London is proudly different yet civilised, royal yet alternative. It’s always worth to visit this lovely city. Find out how I spent my time in London in the last two days.


I arrived on Saturday afternoon at my hostel Clink78, which is near the King’s Cross train sation. It’s not only a great location, the hostel was also clean and the staff was friendly. Clink78 is set in a 200 year-old courthouse and some of the prison cells have been converted to guest rooms. Personally, I have felt the hostel to be too big. I’m more in favour of the atmosphere in smaller ones, they are much more personal and you get to know people quickly. But for everyone enjoying the amenities of bigger hostels, I can recommend Clink78.


Camden Market

This Way to the Mad Hatters Tea Party … One of my favourite places in London is the Camden Market, which I have visited many times during my internship. But I didn’t want to miss it this time around, too. All the small shops selling jewelery, clothes, second hand stuff & street food – I could spent hours here! Camden Market is were you find the craziest things and curious and eccentric people. It even goes so far that you suddenly end up in Wonderland. Enjoy some tea with the Mad Hatter ;]

at Camden Market in London

at Camden Market in London

Millenium Bridge & Platform 9 3/4

I also added two Harry Potter sights to my London-to-do-list: A walk over the Millenium Bridge and Platform Nine and Three Quarters. Because reasons. The Millenium Bridge also offers a nice view, linking Bankside with the City of London. The southern end of the bridge is near Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, and Tate Modern, which I visited last time. Platform 9 3/4 is a must-see for every Harry Potter fan and was my guilty pleasure this weekend.

Sky Garden

The highlight of my stay was certainly my visit to the Sky Garden. It is London’s highest public garden and offers outstanding views over the city. And the best of it – it doesn’t cost a penny! Access to the Sky Garden is free of charge, but there is only a limited number of tickets available each day. You have to book your ticket in advance (here is the link).

view from sky garden london

View from Sky Garden – The weather is, of course, typical.

There are two restaurant and a small cafe inside the Sky Garden. I guess you have to budget a lot for them, they looked pretty fancy (you also have to make a reservation for them). But because you aren’t in London everyday, you can afford an overpriced cappuccino just this time! But it was really tasty, and has completed the visit.


London is a city that is new everytime you visit. There will never be an all-encompassing blog article about this city, because it changes so much. And that’s what I love about it. There is always something new to discover.

Now it’s your turn! What are your favourite places in London? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Mar

    Something magic about the grey rainy cold and fantastic city of London. I worked and studied there almost 10 years ago now and it would be great to return 🙂

  • Marie Hernandez

    It’s always nice to come home, especially after a long absence. It helps you appreciate things you may not had you not gone away for a while.

  • Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

    It’s been a long time since I was last in London and I didn’t get to Camden Market – guess that means we should go back 🙂

    • kathrinhaelbich

      London is always worth to come back 😉

  • Paula McInerney

    I have been to London once for a week, and cannot wait to return. I loved it, I loved the history, the architecture, the flowers. It is a very special city and one we will return to for longer next time

  • Monika

    I haven’t been to London for a few years as well, I keep saying I need to go back, maybe it’s the time 🙂

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander

    I’ve heard of Clink78 before and might consider it the next time I’m in London because I’d love to experience staying in a 200 year-old courthouse/prison cells 🙂 Would probably do it just for one night though.

    Sky Garden would be something new to me as it still wasn’t there the last time I was in London. Great to know that it’s free to go up there!

    • kathrinhaelbich

      I guess one night is enough for the prison-cell-experience 😉 it’s also more expensive than staying in a private room or dorm.

  • Hugo

    I live in London so I’m a bit biased. It’s a lovely place with plenty of things to see and do and these are some good suggestions!

    Sometimes it’s possible to get last minute places for the sky garden by phoning them.

    • kathrinhaelbich

      I guess it’s different if one lives in a city. I have the same feeling when people want to visit my hometown. you just see it from a different angle 😉

  • Julius / Traveltipy

    Wow, I would like to spend some time in such prison 🙂 You looked happy to be there, but there are soooo many other places to explore in the world! 🙂 I have also been to more places and know what? I am missing all of them. However I cannot wait for my next trip somewhere where I have never been so far!

  • Natalie Deduck

    Quite a while that I dont visit London 🙁
    But on the next time I will make sure to go to Sky Garden! tks for the tip!

  • Dawn Kealing

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about London yet I still haven’t touched my toes on its ground! It’s a place I have on my list for next year though, I have to see it all for myself. 😀

  • Mar

    Thanks for the tip on the Sky Gardens looks like a nice place to visit and get pretty views (and a cappuccino!)

  • Brighton

    London is always very nice place to visit . London is always great . Visit again .

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