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.
WHERE I STAYED
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.
MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
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 ;]
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.
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).
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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