At this very moment, I am beyond thankful to the Lord for giving me this golden opportunity to visit a few good friends in the United Kingdom. My pen friend (she’s from Ireland but moved to London recently) has showed me great hospitality by allowing me to stay at her place. Besides that, she was also my little travel guide too.
I know you could pretty much google anything about this popular destination but I am indeed excited to share with you the pictures of places I visited in London.
From my friend’s home in Wandsworth, we walked about ten minutes to Wandsworth train station.
I am very envious of London’s public transport system as compared to Malaysia’s underachieved mass transit system. Seriously. There is no way I can compare.
I could easily get around London with a Visitor Oyster card. A Visitor Oyster card is one of the cheapest ways to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London
From Wandsworth, we connected to another line at London Victoria Station.
London Victoria is the second-busiest terminus in UK after Waterloo, and includes an air terminal for passengers travelling by train to London Gatwick Airport.
Buckingham Palace was the first tourist spot of day 1.
This is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.
The Victoria Memorial was erected in front of the main gates at Buckingham Palace in 1911 as remembrance and honor to Queen Victoria.
British police on horses – now that’s something I have not seen in my lifetime.
Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch, is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park.
I totally forgot what this is but if I am not mistaken, this is a world war memorial to the British army.
Hyde Park is one of London’s largest and most-loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, and rose gardens. The green and blooming flowers were such a beautiful sight to us as we strolled along the park.
The tulips and these purple-yellowish flowers (sorry, I don’t know the names of the flower) turned me into a joyful being by just staring at them.
I got to check out Serpentine Lake, one of the two lakes that divides Hyde Park. Created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline, Serpentine serves as a recreational lake. There were some rowing boats available for hire too.
Oh wow! Look at this beautiful and graceful swan here.
St Paul’s Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognizable sights of London, with its dome, dominating the skyline for many years.
St Paul’s Cathedral was also the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962 and its dome is also among the highest in the world.
Here is a view of River Thames from the Millennium Bridge.
After a productive morning, we stopped at EAT for a quick lunch. EAT is a chain of sandwich shops with over 110 branches in the UK. Who doesn’t love sandwiches? I love sandwiches especially BLT ones. Sandwiches are such a British classic and EAT is not the only sandwich chain.
After lunch, we walked towards the London Eye area. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is also a major feature of London’s skyline. From its 32 capsules, you can boast some of London’s best views.
However, I decided not to go for the London Eye ride because it was really expensive to do so. 17GBP is equivalent to MYR91 and that is a hefty amount to pay for a ride.
Here is a view of looking across the River Thames from London Bridge.
And WOW, I absolutely adored the view of Tower Bridge, the iconic symbol of London.
And this is my Irish pen friend who is currently residing in London.
This is the Monument to the Great Fire of London, also known as The Monument, which is near the northern end of London Bridge.
I must say that Londoners can really walk. Seriously. My legs were about to scream at this point.
Oh, I managed to take a picture of the iconic red bus at Oxford Circus.
Oxford Street is a major road in the city of London.
Here I am, in front of Selfridge’s shopping centre, where you can find all the branded fashion names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Burberry, and the list goes on and on.
My first sightseeing day ended after visiting Oxford Circus.
The next day started off with a Sunday service at Hillsong Church at London.
Oh, I was unquestionably ecstatic to visit this church because I grew up with Hillsong praise and worship songs. The church was planted out of Sydney, Australia in 1999 and Hillsong Londons hold 4 services in Dominion Theatre every Sunday.
This red telephone booth was obviously a familiar sight on the streets of UK.
There are three markets located in Covent Garden’s 19th century piazza, each offering a wide range of crafts, gifts, and more.
From Covent Garden Market, we walked through Leicester Square Street before we got to Piccadilly Circus. And of course, I got a bear hug being in a tourist spot.
Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London’s West End, connecting Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as the Haymarket, Conventry Street (onwards to Leicester Square) with Piccadilly.
The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is located at the southeastern side of Piccadilly Circus. This memorial was erected in 1892–1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Lord Shaftesbury, who was a famous Victorian politician and philanthropist.
Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. This beautiful St Martin-in-the-Fields is an English Anglican church at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square.
The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery, built in 1824, is an art museum filled with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
If you are an Asian, you definitely want to hop by Chinatown in London. The present Chinatown is occupying the area in and around Gerrard Street which contains a number of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, and other Chinese-run businesses.
You can even purchase Malaysian goodies such as Maggi Instant Noodles or a bottle of Lingham Chilli Sauce here.
Parliament Square is unquestionably one of London’s main tourist attractions. It is also the place where many demonstrations and protests have been held.
The Palace of Westminster, commonly known as the Houses of Parliament is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament in UK.
Can you believe it that the Palace of Westminster was built in Middle Ages? Well, sort of. It was demolished in 1834 due to fire, and it was rebuilt in 1840-70.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower.
The City of London dates back to the Roman times so there’s no shortage of historic attractions to visit. I must say that this entire trip to London is worth every penny.
I am extremely in love with London. There is no reason why I would not visit again. There are so many things for the first-time visitor to see in London, the hardest part is going to be fitting it all in. I have not been to Oxford and Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Cambridge, and many more.
London is not enjoyable if you’re rushing around, so take it slow and be realistic about your schedule. And don’t forget to save as much as you can. Things aren’t cheap here. London is an expensive place.
As for me, I will only say this – I will be back.