I just wrapped up a two-month stay in London and I have to tell you that it has been one of the best experiences of my Nomadic Journey thus far.I’d heard so many negative things about London that my expectations were low. Click To Tweet
While I can understand the complaints that many have about London I think that a vacation there without knowing about some of the “local treasures” could be a bust; however, having a nomadic experience there, promises to be a real treat. I wrote all about the 10 reasons London, UK is Digital Nomad Friendly and if you are a nomad you should totally go and check it out.
After having so many people tell me that they hate London, I’ve decided to draft a quick post about my 7 favorite things about London
I haven’t heard anyone talk about this much, but I believe that Goodge street offers a buzz of energy that one wouldn’t expect in London. When you opt for dinner, go off the beaten tourist path and grab a tube to the Goodge Street Underground Station. From there, go and find the actual Goodge street. There you can walk around and stumble upon lots of cool restaurants and bars. I specifically enjoyed the feel of the city and the Spanish Tapas restaurant that I went to was literally one of the best dining experiences of my life.
This is another street with surrounding areas that just made me feel good. I feel like there are not enough people talking about this bustling street. Perfect for people watching, shopping and dining. If you want to feel the “big city” vibe, and a bit of the tourist vacation buzz, this is the place to be. Take all the images of the big red buses that your heart can stand, and I’d advise riding on the top deck while in the area. These are just simple things that visitors can do to enjoy themselves while in London.
Take a City Cruise over to Greenwich. This little town is not to be missed. From the beautiful boat ride over on a City Cruise to the beautiful views to the Royal Park to the Queen’s House to the countless restaurants, Greenwich has so much to offer. I enjoyed walking around, the people watching, the historical look of it all and more. I strongly recommend The Gypsy Moth if you want a good Fish and Chip experience.
4.Fish & Chips
Speaking of Fish & Chips, the trick to making this a special meal is to sprinkle with salt and add malt vinegar. To top it off, wash it down with London Pale Ale. No one told me this before, so I wanted to be sure to let you know.
5.Changing of The Guard
I had no clue how much I’d love this! Go online to check the date and time. Be sure arrive about an hour early and try to stand at the gate that faces Buckingham Palace. If you don’t make it to the gate you can always line the street and get a good view of them marching in or you can stand on the Victoria Memorial and get a bit of a semi-aerial view of everything. Either way, you will be in for a treat.
This was another experience that I didn’t expect to be so much fun. The lux and the prestige of Harrods are like no other. This too had a regal and nostalgic feel to it. I felt as though I’d gone back in time. I could seriously spend a day in Harrods walking around sampling foods and wine alone. Not to mention it just smells good and feels good.
“In England the drinking of tea is general….the humblest peasant has his tea, just like the rich man.”-Comte de la Rochefoucauld, 1784
One of my all-time favorite things to do was experience Noon Tea. Thanks to The Tea Terrace on the 5th Floor of The House of Fraser I was able to enjoy a Celebration tea that included a glass of Prosecco. Such a cute little establishment with tea and food that truly curbs the appetite. For more about my experience at The Tea Terrace read my blog post about it.
If you find yourself in London enjoying any of my suggestions be sure to come back and let me know.
Also if you are interested in some other alternative things to do in London? Check out this blog post by my friend Daniel.
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