I admit that to this day, London is the city I’ve visited more times, except for Athens, which is my home town. This month I visited the British capital for the 14th time in my life so far. If you follow me on Instagram you surely got a glimpse from my whereabouts in London, but here is a more “complete” itinerary of the things I’ve seen and done in 4 days (ideal for first timers as well).
The first day started with the “classics”: Strolling by the Houses of Parliament, snapping a photo with London Eye (which for the record I’ve never visited) and getting inside the Westminster Abbey. The last one was a first for me, and really enjoyed it, as it is full of history and I was bummed that photography was not allowed! As it was raining we opted to have lunch in the Abbey’s restaurant, which I totally recommend. The restaurant is located in the cellar and the food is delicious!
Our next stop was the British Museum, which was open until 20.30 as it was Friday. My last visit was 15 years ago so I didn’t remember a thing from the museum. The Parthenon Marbles was the first port of call, but we wandered throughout the whole museum. I was mostly snapping pictures of “statement” jewelry and I’ve got to admit that have a soft spot for the Etruscan ones!
This day started with a visit to the Tower of London which was also a first for me! Yeap, I’ve visited London 14 times and it’s only now that I finally got a glimpse of the crown jewels! Another first was the visit to St Pauls Cathedral. I admit that I was putting off this visit because of the price and the fact that no photography is allowed. BUT I took advantage of this visit and walked up to the middle gallery and saw London from above. If only it hadn’t been cloudy and rainy, the view would be even more spectacular!
We started off our exploration from Green Park and stumbled upon the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, which was impressive, but so crowded that you could barely see anything!
Next we strolled through Hyde Park and made our way to the Natural History Museum, which is housed in a stunning building! Victoria and Albert museum came next (my favorite, especially for the special exhibition it houses from time to time) before heading to Carnaby street in SoHo for a drink!
The last day was about leisure walking and since it was sunny, we decided to revisit the Houses of Parliament for some photos before heading to City and the Knights Templar church (of the Da Vinci code fame). Next up was my favorite area of Southwark. We walked from the Tate Modern up to Tower Bridge and then head to Oxford Street for some shopping.
Related: 5 Fun Things to do in Southwark
I paid a visit to Muji for an acrylic drawer storage for my jewelry and to Whole Foods in order to get a Pai face moisturizer (I’m into trying organic brands lately). Being a tea lover I got tons of tea from Whittard and Twinings to last a whole year!! I also paid a visit to the Choccywoccydoodah store off Carnaby street, a brand that I adore after accidentally discovering their store in Brighton!
My visit in London closed with getting a glimpse of Oxford street with Christmas lights on! Until next time…