During my trip to London I re-discovered how beautiful this City is. I didn’t pack accordingly, it is actually much hotter than I thought it would be, which is surprising for the typically grey skied City.

I thrive on busy Cities, which is why I love travelling to London. If you’re not into the hectic life, the hoards of people and tourists everywhere, then I suggest you travel somewhere less crowded – like Cambridge for instance.

The diversity in this City is apparent and the range of stores, markets and food places are endless. There is always something to do and see.  Aside from the typical tourist attractions, I found that the best places to go were down hidden streets, in the middle of tiny suburbs where I came across fairy floss coloured houses and fancy cars.

Things to do, places to see.

Ride a double decker bus – The iconic red double deckers are a true London experience and seeing the City from a higher view is pretty epic. You discover places you don’t see whilst travelling on the hot stinking tube.

Notting Hill – This would definitely be my favourite area of London, with colourful architecture, markets and cute cafes it’s a place to add to the list.

Big Ben – It’s pretty spectacular during the evening.

High St Kensington – If you love shopping this is the place to go

Kings Cross Station – If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me, indulge a little and get a photo at platform 9 3/4. It’s completely ridiculous, but it’s fun reliving those childhood memories of reading books about witches and wizards.

Buckingham Palace – The best part is seeing the changing of the guards.

London Eye – It’s worth the long line and cost of a ticket. The view of London is pretty spectacular from high above.

Piccadilly Circus – A mini Times Square

Shoreditch – For all the Melbournians out there, this is the Fitzroy of London. A little bit eclectic with lots of quirky cafes and graffitied walls.

Neal’s Yard – I only discovered this little place after getting lost in Covent Garden. A little alleyway full of great restaurants, massage parlours, hairdressers and stores. It’s very colourful and brightens up any day, perfect in the summer with an aperol spritz.

Hyde Park – London has more green space than any other City on earth and Hyde Park is beautiful. It has lakeside cafes, roaming squirrels and you can ride your bike along the track. Unfortunately if you want to sit on the stools and people watch you have to pay, so I suggest bringing a rug and picnic instead if you want to sun bake and enjoy the surroundings.

Marble Arch – This was one of the busiest parts of London, a lot of tourists. It’s another attraction to tick off.

Roam the streets – I love just walking everywhere, because you get to discover parts of the City you would never have come across having travelled by public transport. London has beautiful buildings and my obsession with old architecture and colourful doors was regained.

Published by Alexandra Stewart