So, living in a city that never stops, sometimes a tourist day is just what you’ve got to do. Doing it during the week makes it a tad calmer but there’s plenty to see in the tourist traps – let’s not miss out!
Start off at Embankment Underground and walk along the river, taking in the sights – London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey etc. This river is a walk (or boat ride) of sights in itself, with the Tate and The Globe to the East too if you have a little more time to spare and the weather’s good.
Head back up towards Trafalgar Square, a lovely spot to sit, have a cuppa and people watch, or you can head up into the National Gallery. Although the gallery is always pretty busy, it’s worth a look around for a variety of eras and styles of art, taking you on a journey through time in pictorial form. I’m not a massive art buff but there were some fantastic pieces, my favourites being those by Constable and the picture of the race horse, below, by Stubbs.
After a visit to the gallery, take a wander north, past Piccadilly Circus, up past Golden Square and into Soho. Grab a quick lunch from my list of favourites spots here.
Why not indulge in a spot of shopping whilst you’re up here? There’s some fantastic high street flagship stores, such as Tiger, Topshop, Primark and And Other Stories on the stretch between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus. And if you fancy being a little more indulgent, head down Regents Street to Michael Kors and toy-shop Hamleys!
Make sure you pop into ‘Liberty London‘ at the top of Carnaby Street. Sat in a beautiful tudor style building with gorgeous original features, you can take your pick from Liberty fabrics, household items, jewellery, cosmetics and, now, their Christmas exhibition!
After a long day on the go, you need a chance to sit back with a drink and a good view! Head to 20 Fenchurch Street, around the corner from Monument Station, and head up the Walkie Talkie building to the free Sky Garden at the top (you’ll need to book this beforehand). With spectacular views out over London on every side and tasty cocktails, this is a fantastic spot to while away the evening. And why not book a time around sunset to see London in all its stages?
Feeling hungry? Take the short 10 minute walk over to Liverpool Street – and look out for Heron Tower and its reception’s giant fish tank on the way! Once you’re in this neck of the woods, there’s loads of great spots for dinner or drinks. Why not head over to Las Iguanas for 2 for 1 cocktails in Happy Hour and down to Brick Lane, famous for its many curry houses, for dinner. My favourite is ‘Shampan’ if you can’t make up your mind!
Well, that’s if for this tourist day – you’ll definitely sleep well after that! Have you got any recommendations for tourist-y activities which are worth a visit in London? Give me a comment below!