London is a city of nearly 9 million people. More people live in London than in my entire country. It’s big. And that means that even if you’ve lived there your entire life and you’re about to retire, there’s no way that you’re going to see everything there is to see. Even more so if you’re just there on a short visit.
During my time in England, I was able to go to London several times, sometimes just for the day, sometimes for a couple of days. Each time I managed to do different things, so as to best get as much in as possible. If you’re one to cut up your time into morning and afternoon segments, then there are a few things that don’t take more than that time. I’ve narrowed that list of places down to 5 that I really enjoyed.
Sea Life Aquarium
There’s just something about an aquarium that’s almost other-wordly. The London aquarium is truly of superb quality, and can be done easily in a morning or afternoon.
How to get there: Get off the Underground at Westminster and cross the brdige. It’s on your left. Or get off at Waterloo, and make your way towards the River.
Easily accessible from the Underground train line, Camden Market is a rabbit warren of wonders, a sprawling market with everything from delicious food stalls, clothing shops and jewellery stands. Whether you go for lunch and the wander around, or you arrive early afternoon and stay on for dinner, there’s always something happening, always something to see and do.
How to get there: Get off the Underground at either Camden Town station or Chalk Farm station.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
If you’re a museum or history lover, then the Victoria and Albert is definitely worth a visit. 8 miles of corridors full of history, art and sculptures, you could spend hours and hours wandering their beautiful halls. But if there are specific things you’d like to see, you can easily head to that floor and just see the things that really interest you.
How to get there: Get off the Underground at South Kensington station and walk to Cromwell Road.
Fans of the 60’s band The Beatles will be sure to head to iconic Abbey Road anyway, but if you’re interested, it is a fun expedition, and you’ll forever remember trying to get the ultimate Beatles-style photo across the zebra crossing. If this sin’t something that you’d like to spend your afternoon doing, but you’re still intrigued, you can check out Inside Abbey Road by Google for a virtual tour.
How to get there: Get off the Underground at St John’s Wood, or Maida Vale.
St James Park
If Hyde Park’s vastness doesn’t do it for you, St James park, which runs between Buckingham Palace and the Parliament buildings, is a beautiful walk. With a river running through the park, it’s full of wildlife, cyclists, picnic-ers, and, well you.
How to get there: Get off the Underground at St James’ Park or Westminster
Obviously there are so so many more things to do in a half day, but that’s a start for you, and some of the things that I’ve done in a short space of time that I really enjoyed. Feel free to drop other suggestions into the comments!