London is one the largest cities in Europe and was founded 2000 years ago! It was originally a Roman city called Londinium. It now is home to a population of 8.9 million people and is the capital of England. It is known for some iconic landmarks that include Big Ben, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace and many others. There is so much to do in this city from shopping, museums, historic sites, amazing eateries and great shows!
The dominant language is English.
Loo - Restroom
Bobbies - Police
One of the nicest budget friendly hotels in the city. Its themed after a Victorian Pub and has a great bar downstairs. Situated in Westminister you will still be close to all of the main things to see and do.
the average price per night starts at $170 USD.
Located 3 miles from the city center and features lovely accommodations. This hotel is still extremely stylish with a gorgeous white brick exterior and large rooms.
The average price per night starts at $276 USD.
It is an iconic luxury hotel with a chic and classic look. Think Blair Waldorf would stay here. It also is home to the famous afternoon tea, which is a must do! Its centrally located near Buckingham Palace, St. James Park and Big Ben to name a few.
The average price per night starts at $600 USD.
He is not only an amazing author but has written some of the most iconic and timeless works in the world. Heard of a Christmas Carol that was Dickens. Ever done the “Please sir, can I have some more” impression from Oliver Twist? Yep that was Dickens to!
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London is a melting pot, meaning there are cuisines from all around the world! You can enjoy pub food, Thai, Chinese, Seafood, Sushi, Desserts and so much more!
This unique restaurant serves delicious food while aboard the London Underground train or what is known as The Tube. Ranked as one of the most unique dining experiences in London!
It’s a five-course tasting that ranges around £50+ per person.
If you are looking for some amazing seafood with a great atmosphere this is it. Not only do they serve impeccable food, but you will be dining on a canal boat while sailing down the historic Regents Canal. They serve five courses and operate Tuesday through Sunday so make sure to reserve in advance.
Current menu is £50+ per person.
Being the history buff that I am this restaurant hits all the feels. The menu is based on centuries old recipes that draws inspiration from Britain’s history.
It’s a three-course meal that can cost £100+ per person and reservations are needed.
London is on the standard three-pronged G socket like the rest of the UK. It is a standard voltage of 230V and standard frequency is 50Hz. To avoid issues, you will need an adapter AND convertor! I would recommend BESTEK Universal it works in multiple destinations and has USB ports. I have been using it for a while and love it! Now all my ladies out there you will need a DIFFERENT adapter for your curling irons and straighteners. I know its extra money but trust me! I have blown out a few curling irons, it’s worth the extra money and luggage space. Conair has the best adapter for pretty much every country. Check it out here.
Food in London is bad, I mean that is so far from the truth! How can a city that has a cereal café have bad food? I mean come on, people! That is one fact that is not true, cuisine in London can be amazing. Another is that its unaffordable or too expensive. Sorry to tell you not true, it’s all about how you plan. Travel isn’t expensive, convenience is. You can find cheaper accommodations, decent priced food and cheap transportation. Now it may not be as cheap as Bali, but it can be affordable with a proper budget and planning. Last one is that it’s always raining or cold. Now its overcast yes but I can say I have been there for a week with no rain. Depending on the time of year you visit you may be surprised to fine London warm and sunny!
Like any big city London is home to crime but not an unsafe destination by any means. You can enjoy going out at night but be mindful as you would be anywhere else. Stay in busy areas, keep your money secure and always listen to your gut! For more information visit here.
I would recommend the Fall as it’s the least crowded time. Summer and Christmas can be very crowded which can make it unenjoyable. The weather in Fall is also wonderful not too hot and not overly cold.
Book in advance London is a huge city that can get very busy. Booking in advance ensures you won’t miss out on the major things you want to do.
London is a part of the UK meaning they are not on the Euro but the Pound. Due to London being a large city you will have no problem using credit cards or finding an ATM.
Public transportation via overground trains, the tube, or just walking is your best way around. It will be cost effective and save the most time.
Wifi is available at most locations for free but it will be limited. Depending on the length of your trip either add international to your plan or invest in a portable wifi. A company I use often is SkyRoam, they have very affordable rates!
If you are a lover of Harry Potter like me, then you must visit The Cauldron! It’s a bar that exclusively serves Harry Potter drinks, but the fun is in making your own drink! It’s basically a mixology and potions class combined. They also have a secret bar called the Phoenix that is a speakeasy with themed drinks! Grab your wand and your cloak and wingardium leviosa over.
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