The Tourist in London

London City caters for 30 million visitors per year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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I have been to London once before a few years back, but unfortunately during that stay, we had just flown in from Australia, the winter weather was terrible and my baggage was lost for 5 days. During that stay I really only had a chance to shop for warm clothing on Oxford Street and a short river cruise to see all the main attractions. At the time even the London Eye was closed for maintenance. You could say that wasn’t the greatest start to a holiday. I must say though, the telephone boxes sure still look the same.

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My second ever trip to London with Shristi was much more successful. The weather was incredible, there was no sign of rain and we even saw the sun at one point!

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Our accommodation was at the Generator Hostel London, which was affordable, again for London standards, where hotels on average are 245 AUD per night. The hostel was close to Russel Square Underground, which made it incredibly easy to explore the city. A must have for London travel is the Oyster Card, which will get you where you need to go. It’s similar to Brisbane’s ‘Go-Card’ and Melbourne’s ‘Myki’.

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During our stay in London we managed to visit a few of the main attractions, the first being the ‘Tower Bridge’.

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Tip 4: Always research the location you are visiting before posting pictures to Facebook, Instagram, WordPress…

It may sound a little bit silly, but while we were walking over and admiring the intricately painted bridge, we had the catchy nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ stuck in our heads. Only later did we learn that the bridge we were looking at was not ‘London Bridge’ but in fact ‘Tower Bridge’. It does get a little confusing since even the YouTube portrayal seems to be off. The history of the two bridges is quite interesting, if you like you may read up online for a bit more information.

We managed to fit in a quick visit with Big Ben, Westminister Abbey and a walk through St James’s Park.

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Even though we had to turn down the Queen’s offer for tea, we still managed to drop by and see the humble home.

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There is so much to do in London, we didn’t have enough time for many other things like the museums or the theatre but, I’m sure I will be visiting London many more times. I appreciate how lucky I am, not many people can say they live only an hour away from one of the greatest cities in the world!

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