LONDON! I bloody love London, I really do, and I was lucky enough to visit once again. I visited London in December of 2017 with Ginger but this time it was my brother, Tom’s, turn. And the reason for this?
My brother turned 21!
He is not one for a huge party or to be made a fuss about so we decided the best way to celebrate his gain of a year was to plan a trip to London. He did not need to persuade me. Once we had decided that was the plan, I was straight onto Google searching for the perfect hotel with the perfect location without needing to be a millionaire to afford a two night stay.
I found the perfect hotel.
The most affordable yet convenient hotel was Ibis Budget at Whitechapel. At around £80 for a twin room for two nights, we couldn’t really complain. I mean, can you get cheaper than that? My advice for finding a decent hotel in London is to book early. I think we booked three months in advance and found the prices much cheaper than we anticipated.
In terms of travel, we decided to travel via train from Doncaster, direct to London. Once again, the best time to look into your tickets is three months before. This is when the cheaper tickets become available from the Trainline.com and you can travel from London and back for as little as £25, as we did.
- Day One:
For our first day, we decided to check out the museums. Most museums in London are free but they do ask for a donation. We visited The National History Museum and the Science Museum. We really enjoyed them, especially The Natural History Museum and decided to even check out the Victoria & Albert Museum. Word of warning, you need a hell of a long time in this one as it is HUGE! We, unfortunately, didn’t have time to get around the entire museum but from what we did see, it is clear that it is an interesting museum.
Definitely worth a visit.
- Day Two:
For our second day, we decided to visit the London Zoo. We purchased our tickets online as they are cheaper than on the gate. Every little helps, right? The zoo took around four hours of our day. There are definitely plenty of animals to see and it is a very good day out. I would say the only downside of the zoo was that the aquarium tanks were very dirty which saddened me a little. The rest of the zoo was clean and looked after which we were pleased to see. The zoo is worth the money and would suit people of any age, I would have thought.
We decided to take a trip to Oxford to check out the shopping experience, not that we had any money to spend but it is always nice to window shop, right? The Portobello Market was also on the agenda but we found out that it only visits Portobello Road on a Saturday so we were not lucky enough to experience the market for ourselves.
- Day Three:
Day three was our last and final day. Sad times. We checked out of the hotel and headed straight for the Underground. While I’m on this point, I will just take a moment to say that the Underground is an amazing way of travel and is definitely worth the money. The oyster card caps your daily spend at around £6.50 (something like that) and then you travel for free once you have reached the maximum.
How good is that?
Anyway, back to the day’s shenanigans. Today was the day that we were to visit Camden Market. I have been to Camden before with Ginger and I absolutely loved it. The stalls are just so interesting and each one is completely different so there is always something that takes your eye and shocks you from the norm. We were slightly disappointed that a lot of the stalls (especially inside) were not open and once again we realised that this may be due to it not being the weekend. Despite this, we had a wonderful time and still managed to spend all of the morning and a portion of the afternoon there.
Now for the food.
The food choice is so wide, from all over the world, offering an amazing selection to tempt the taste buds. The best part about it all is that the food is super cheap too and you definitely do not feel like you are being ripped off in any way. We went to the Korean section which was offering seven different dishes for £5. How insane is that? We handed over our money and walked away happy, stuffing food (mainly chicken) into our mouths. By gosh, it was so yummy. I need to go back soon, simply for the food.
If you haven’t ever visited Camden Market, you need to go.
All in all, our trip to London to celebrate my brother’s birthday was a successful one and I enjoyed it greatly. My advice would be to always book things in advance and really plan your days before going as this really does help to fill the time. Buy yourself an oyster card and use the Underground regularly as it is a must or you will be too tired to enjoy yourself. To put things into perspective, we did on average 30,000 steps a day and we used the underground for everything, so imagine if how many steps we would have done if we had not used the Underground to travel from place to place?
London is somewhere that I strongly believe everyone should visit at least once in their lives.