What can you expect from London?
I’ve spent three years of my life living in London and I know it as well as, if not better than I know Sydney. I am a serial returnee to the wonderful city of London and have enjoyed many highs and many lows in this city. London is a city that never stops evolving and one of the best ways to make sure you see London’s main tourist attractions is by the sightseeing bus. Each ticket lasts 24 hours and you can hop on and hop off as many times as you like.
While the United Kingdom is the world’s 6th biggest tourist destination with 40 million visitors in 2018, London attracted 30 million of those visitors. This also means that London is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Buckingham Palace is the most popular attraction in London, particularly around 11:30am as most people stick around to see the ‘changing of the guard‘ which happens daily at that time. But Westminster Abbey, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye are also required sightseeing spots in London. Did you really go to London if you don’t have a picture with the London Eye? London is filled with historic monuments and architecture, museums, galleries and some of the world’s best restaurants. There are 70 Michelin Star restaurants in London (2018) alone, meaning that if you’re a gastro snob like me, you’ll certainly be occupied in London’s culinary scene.
One of my favourite pass times in London is visiting Victoria and Albert Museum in the Chelsea & Kensington Borough in London. This area is also the place that I have always called home and felt most connected to. It’s home to Harrods, Sloane Street and King’s Road and some of the most beautiful homes to dream of. While the streets of London are always busy and chaotic, a certain sophistication can be found in Chelsea. For a night out at some of London’s top restaurants, bars and clubs, you can’t go wrong in Mayfair.
Places I recommend To See in London
・Victoria & Albert Museum
・Nobu, Berkeley Street: The best Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. Try the lobster, thank me later.
・Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester: A 3 Michelin Star fine dining experience with haute French cuisine.
・Le Gavroche: Two Michelin Star fine dining by Michel Roux Jr. in the heart of Mayfair.
・The Ivy: Modern British restaurant with several locations across London. Make sure you try the zucchini fritti.
What To Wear
London is the type of city where anything goes with your outfit, it just depends on your taste. For the day time I would recommend comfortable shoes, particularly if you’ll be sightseeing around town but in the evening don’t be afraid to dress up for the restaurant reservation. London loves a good pair of louboutins, as long as you don’t have to walk far in them!