London – it’s one of those cities in the world that everyone wants to visit at least once in their lifetime. For me, the idea of checking out the iconic places in this famous city is enough to draw me in for a quick stop during my one year trip around the world.
The 6 touristy areas I visited while in London:
#1 The British Museum
Home to many of the world’s most ancient artifacts, the British Museum in London doesn’t disappoint. I got to see half of the Egyptian antiquities that is not present in the Egyptian Museum. Most importantly, I got to see the world famous Rosetta Stone.
Entrance to this museum is also free making is a great destination for backpackers and those travelling on a budget.
The British Museum has got to be one of the most crowded museum I have ever been to and I’m not surprised at the sheer magnitude of exhibits they have available.
#2: Big Ben
Much like Paris with the Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben as their iconic symbol.
One funny thing I noticed is how many professional selfie takers there were all over the area. I saw this one Asian girl with so many high end gear as she sat on a ledge taking the perfect glamorous selfie. Honestly, I’ve never seen anyone take selfies to that level and I have to give credit to that girl for putting so much effort to get that perfect shot.
#3 Buckingham Palace
My friend told me it wasn’t that nice but I can visit it if I want because it’s quite close to Big Ben. And yes, she was right, it’s really not that nice.
#4 Brick Lane
My friend took me to Brick Lane which is a street full of different types of food. If you are a foodie, this place will be paradise for you.
I personally tried the bagel which was decent and some local speciality pastry shop which was also great.
#5: Bridges in London
My friend took me for a walk along some of the bridges in London and I would have to say, they are quite neat. While walking along the bridge, I often wondered if London is always gloomy and how often does it get good weather.
#6 Natural History Museum
Saving the best for last, the Natural History Museum is hands down my favourite of all the touristy places I visited while I was in London. Blue whales, Tyrannosaurus Rex, the history of Earth’s formation, my inner nerd was coming to life! I don’t remember how many times I get sucked in wikipedia reading about these kind of stuff but I certainly love those moments.
Being in the Natural History Museum is like surfing tons of wikipedia articles on Earth’s creatures. The only downside is the sheer amount of people visiting this place. Man, the crowd is ridiculous, probably worst than the British Museum. (Which makes perfect sense because I actually liked the Natural History Museum more than the British Museum)
Visiting London was a neat experience and of course, I was happy to visit my friend as well. I will probably return one day because I missed taking a day trip to Stonehenge and there’s a few more touristy things I’d like to see in this famous city.