After an all-too-brief three-night trip in 2012, London left me wanting more. Here’s a roundup of what I managed to fit in and why I plan to return.
As a travel photographer and writer, I naturally wanted to make the most of this… er… opportunity. After all, it was going to be my first-ever visit to London!
All the same, with due consideration to the budget, I decided to keep my stay in London short, something is better than nothing!
The more I saw, the more I fell in love with it. Besides the usual day-long London city sightseeing trip, I explored the city on my own too – I was truly on the move there!
The city has 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- The Tower of London
- Kew Gardens
- Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster and St Margaret’s Church.
- Maritime Greenwich
I managed to visit three of these, but ran out of time and had to skip Kew Gardens. A pity, really!
At the Tower of London, I took a Beefeater tour (Yeoman Warder tour) and visited the Crown Jewels vault and saw the Koh-I-Noor diamond. I took a Verger Tour of the Westminster Abbey and clicked a photograph (with Verger’s permission) of the first grave in the Abbey – that of Edward the Confessor. I stood astride the brass (or is it copper?) strip that marks the Prime Meridian.
I did a ride on the famed London Eye. I did a short cruise over Thames. I took a walk through Hyde Park and swung past Royal Albert Hall. I admired the artists and their gorgeous art near the National Gallery. I saw a unicyclist perform at the Covent Garden. I also witnessed the ceremonial change of guard at the Buckingham Palace.
I spent some time in Trafalgar Square; though, the pigeons I saw Amrish Puri feeding in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ (the biggest hit Bollywood has ever produced) had gone missing by then! I had a pint of beer at Sherlock Holmes – a pub on Northumberland Street that was established in 1736!
Heck… I even managed a day trip to Salisbury and checked out Stonehenge – another UNESCO World Heritage site.
Well, I did manage a lot, but I have some regrets… regrets of not being able to do many more things!
I missed out on visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. I also did not have enough time to make it to the Museum of Brands (this one is of special interest to me as I have spent 27 years in Advertising!). Though I am an avid Hard Rock Café T-shirt collector, I could not find time to visit this iconic destination in London.
I did go past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, but I could not see a show there. I missed out on seeing the great displays at the Tate Modern and the National Gallery.
I also did not manage Ripley’s Believe it or Not at Piccadilly Circus. Or the London Zoo. Or the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street. Or the Royal Opera House. Or even the Museum of London. Or… well, there is so much more I wanted to do in London that this list can be endless!
This article originally appeared on Ajay Sood’s blog, Travelure
About the author
Ajay Sood // @TravelureAjay
After a 27 year career in advertising Ajay knows a picture is worth a thousand words, he took the leap to full time photography in 2010 and has been running blog,Travelure, ever since.