This post has absolutely nothing to do with photography. All of the photos you see below have been taken with an iPhone 6. And maybe one or two screen shots.
When Tommy and I went to London, we were fortunate enough to stay with one of his friends who showed us a few things that we probably wouldn’t have seen if we went by ourselves. We did be tourists for one day because well, we were. There’s no shame in our game. Here are 5 things to do in London…
You know, those big red busses with the open rooftop? We did it…and you know what? It was a blast. The best thing about it is that you can hop on, see a few sights, then you can hop off at an area and grab a bite to eat or sit at a pub and then hop back on to see more sights. A really good way to view London. If you can get a bus with a live tour guide, I’d recommend it. I’m a big Harry Potter fan and he was pointing out where Daniel Radcliffe went to school, where they filmed the scene for Gringotts bank, and was asking us trivia and giving away passes to things if we were correct.
2. Afternoon Tea
It’s not just tea though. We made reservations at Dean’s Street Townhouse for afternoon tea and we were met not only with tea, but scones, finger sandwiches, and an array of desserts. Some of the best scones I’ve ever had in my life too. I died and went to British heaven. A definite must if you’re visiting London.
Holy cow. One of the largest markets I’ve ever been too. This market will not disappoint. If you’re on the hunt for groceries, cheese, meats, smoothies, oysters or just something to eat, this market won’t let you down.
Also, there are quite a few pubs around the area that were really neat. Especially after the market closes. It’s close to the river as well so if you want to take a walk along the river, it’s a lovely spot to do so.
4. Franks Cafe
This idea was so simple, easy, and already utilized a space…I absolutely loved it. Franks Cafe is a pop up bar located on the top of a parking garage overlooking London. I know it sounds a bit odd…having a bar on top of a car garage, but it’s actually really cool and had fantastic views of the London skyline. I wouldn’t have known about this if it weren’t for Fran and Neil. It’s only open during the summer months though.
Here’s another photo from the rooftop of Franks…
Specifically, Brixton Village and Pop Brixton.
Possibly one of the most diverse areas I saw of London was when I visited Brixton. In Brixton Village, you can find foods from all over the world. Europe, Asia, Africa, Caribbean…you name it they probably have it.
It’s definitely not a big tourist destination…but I liked that. Here is a photo of Pop Brixton.
I realize that a lot of these places I’ve listed include eating or drinking, but it’s what you see while you eating and drinking…see? 😉
Here are a few other things I’d recommend….
6. Go see a show. Piccadilly Circus is Central London’s time square. That’s where you’ll be able to see all of the broadway shows.
7. Any museum, really.
8. Tower of London tour – we wanted to do that but the line was really long and we didn’t want to wait. If anyones done it before I’d love to hear about it!
9. SOHO. We spent a lot of time in this neighborhood. Very good people watching and restaurants. Definite must!
Side note: In California, we have raccoons that may come into our backyard every now and then to rummage through our trash or something…in London, they had foxes.
Thanks for reading!