I love London so much, and if you ask me, I think I would probably tell you that there is nothing I do not love about the city. I mean what’s not to love about London? The people are super nice, it has a great atmosphere and above all it seems quite safe, to me it is just a clean city with a New York vibe.
I like the fact that the people of London like Americans (as you know, not all places welcome us with open arms). Of course it is a big city but if you do plan to go to London, it is really easy to get around because you do not always need a taxi as you can take the Tube (subway) as an alternative.
Thinking of going to London soon? Here are some fun things you should not miss on that trip;
1. See The Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minute, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is made up of soldiers on active duty from the Household Division’s Foot Guards. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.
The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting. There is no ceremony on days when large events are held in the city centre. Make sure to check the ceremony schedule on the Household Division’s website before your visit.
2. Checkout the London Eye
A trip to London isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic London Eye. Originally constructed to celebrate the millennium, the Eye is a giant ferris wheel offering gorgeous views across the city. At night, the wheel is lit up in seasonal colors and is the centerpiece of London’s annual New Year’s fireworks display.
You can share one of the spacious pods with other keen visitors, or splurge on a private pod for you and someone special. Team your visit to the Eye with a trip to the adjacent London Aquarium to see aquatic creatures from around the world, including jellyfish, seahorses and crocodiles.
3. Checkout Big Ben
The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London's most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons (13,760 kg). The clock tower looks spectacular at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.
Although it is not possible for overseas visitors to tour the clock tower, you can instead, take a tour at night as they are available.
4. Go have afternoon tea
There are an incredible array of afternoon teas in London. From a posh palace in Kensington to an under-the-radar art gallery in Marylebone, these central London spots all offer excellent value for money. If you love pink like me Sketch is the perfect spot for cute pictures.
The truth is that there are a lot of things you can do in London to make the most of your stay and if you wear more European clothing like me you will get really good deals on items at Zara, H&M etc. Finally, a word of advice, make sure you bring plenty of cash and exchange at your local bank before arriving as they have better exchange rates (Wellsfargo, Bank of America).