04.30 | First Check-In
Early mornings are always rough but most times they are worth it. For me, I love visiting cities well before the shops open. It gives me a chance to explore the area before the busy crowd’s pile in. With my bag packed it was time to go.
06.10 | Time To Board The Train
To say I wasn’t nervous would be a lie. But I had a travelling companion to help ease my nerves. This would be the first time me and boyfriend (Jon) had ever travelled that distance on a train but it was an empowering experience for sure. I booked the seats in advance for us on Virgin Trains to save any hassle on the day (such a comfortable ride, very recommended).
07.55 | Arrival at London
The journey was almost two hours long… so believe me when I say my legs were like jelly when I first got up. After following the crowds into the main station it was time to get a bus pass. London transportation systems don’t take cash when paying for the fare, everything is contactless. As buses were an important means of getting to different areas of London, a pass was necessary for us. If you are there for 1-2 days I recommend a One Day Bus Pass (£5) it provides unlimited bus travel for the entire day and is available to purchase from various ticket offices and machines as well as visitor centres. After we left the station, we made a quick dash to catch the first bus to Soho and begin exploring the area.
Once we arrived at Soho we popped into Starbucks for a couple of drinks to escape the rain (typical England). This helped to plan the areas we would explore later that morning. Drinks finished, it was time to visit the shops and take a few photographs. There are so many cute little streets filled with very unique and interesting shops.
Walking along Regent Street, I was mesmerised by the stunning architecture and the attention to detail of all the buildings. Why can’t all buildings be this pretty? We soon ended up at Piccadilly, but because it was later in the day, the area was very busy. We briefly explored that area before stumbling across M&M World… So… Many… M&M’s. The smell at first was overwhelming as well as the insanely bright graphics in the shop. But it didn’t take long for me to be taken back to my childhood.
11.20 | Food Time!
Finding a place to eat in London when you’re on a budget can be difficult. There are so many food options it can be very overwhelming. It’s best to do research beforehand so you can find out what’s available to you, depending on what food you fancy that day. It makes finding food a less stressful experience. Because we were still in Soho, Five Guys seemed like a great option. I have read a lot of positive reviews about their restaurants, so that was our meal of choice. Not too expensive with great quality burgers and fries. And boy was it delicious!
11.55 | Heading to Westminster
After polishing off the meal it was time to explore a different area. We caught the bus heading to Westminster but didn’t quite make it all the way. After spotting horses on the Guards Parade I practically ran off the bus to get photos. Poor Jon didn’t know what was going on, Oops. After taking a few photos of even more stunning architecture we crossed the street to get photos of the horses. There was quite a crowd gathering and I was completely unaware of what was going on. This spontaneous stop off turned out to be quite cool as we saw the changing of the guard. I’m quite glad I managed to capture that moment. Once the changeover occurred we walked through the tunnel and explored the museum area behind the entrance.
12.20 | Next Stop Big Ben
At this point, my boots were seriously starting to rub my feet so it was a short bus journey to get to Big Ben. When we got off the bus we were greeted with a mass of people! This was definitely the most intense and jam-packed area of London. If you want to have a nice calming experience when exploring this area, go visit it first thing in the morning. We then headed towards the boats ready for our afternoon trip down the Thames.
13.50 | Boarding the Boat
This was definitely the highlight of the day. It was something you don’t usually get to do on a daily basis but it was totally worth it. We managed to get a 2 for 1 on the rover tickets because we travelled to London by train, it cost us around £9 each. Great value if you ask me. The boat was busy at the beginning of the journey but we decided to stay on for the full stretch of the trip whilst many other passengers hopped off. The rain clouds had dispersed and the sun came out in all its glory, which really highlighted the London Skyline. There was quite a chilly breeze on the top deck of the boat, so if you decide to go make sure you’re wrapped up warm. The onboard staff did a running commentary on local facts to the history of the river which was very interesting. They really know what they’re on about.
15.20 | The Final Stop
The journey lasted around two and a half hours in total. With the trip concluding at Greenwich, an adorable little area of London. We didn’t previously plan to visit this area of London, but it was worth it. The sun was slowly setting creating stunning shadows on even more beautiful buildings. We didn’t have much time to explore this area as we didn’t want to miss the boat back. There was a vintage market on, which is where I got my adorable plant seen in the last blog post – Stationary Favourites.
The boat trip definitely gives a whole new perspective on London. It was a journey that I won’t be forgetting for a very long time.
16.15 | The Journey Back
The sun had gone down below the horizon and created a very soft sunset in the sky. It looked so beautiful. We decided to take the journey back in the cosy warmth of the boat. We got our seats at the very front so we had a beautiful ride back to central London. Big Ben looked particularly nice illuminated against the evening skyline. After catching the bus back to Soho, we slowly made our way to the train station popping in a few more shops before we had to leave. It signified the end to a perfect day in London.
21.30 | Home Sweet Home
The train journey home tied to the whole trip together. We had a Starbucks at hand and two baguettes to chomp on. Food for very hungry mouths. It was such a lovely day. If you ever get chance, you should visit London it’s such a nice city to visit and there’s something there for everyone. But wear comfy shoes. Let’s just say RIP to my poor feet.
Have you ever been to London? If so what is your favourite spot to visit?