Yet another cool thing about living in Dublin is that it's just a short flight away from England. So last year in June I packed my carry-on bag & jetted off to London for the Bank Holiday weekend. That was my first time there in Spring and it was just as beautiful as I had imagined it, even the (slightly warmer than Dublin) rain...
So here are some impressions:
So what does London have to offer you? Where do I start... from beautiful parks and cosy traditional pubs to amazing shopping (Harrods & Oxford Street), a Royal Palace and some of the most iconic buildings - think Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey - this city has got you covered! Wander around on foot, check out the famous underground tube stations or take a ride in one of the red double-decker buses. To make using public transport really easy (and cheaper), just grab an Oyster Card at any Tube Station. It's a tag-on-tag-off system and you can top up your card as you go.
London is also a mecca for healthy eaters. Most restaurants serve vegetarian or sometimes vegan meals these days and even the delis in small supermarkets have some plant-based options. There's even a WholeFoods Market near Piccadilly!
My favorite parts of the city:
Kings Cross: It's got one of the major railway stations, lots of affordable eateries & hostels and a hip young crowd
Notting Hill: Simply the most beautiful neighborhood! And of course it's a must-see if you loved the movie Notting Hill...
Oxford Street: apparently Europe's busiest shopping street... need I say more?!
And then there are all those little side streets that often go unnoticed but have the best coffee shops, small local boutiques or not-so-touristy museums.
In short: it's really hard not to like London. It's a big bustling city that offers something for everybody: shopping, nightlife, markets, concerts & sport events, exhibitions and so much more. Getting bored here is virtually impossibly!
So check it out if you get the chance!