10 Reasons I Love London
I had the opportunity to do a summer internship in London in 2016 and I honestly fell in love with the city as a whole. Since then, I have gone back three times and each time my love grew more and more. There are so many reasons why I love London and I could go on and about them, but I decided to share my top ten reasons as to why London is one of my favorite places to visit.
1. The Variety of Food Choices
There are so many restaurants and amazing street food that it is impossible to go hungry. There are thousands of restaurants that offer different cuisines from around the world and majority of the international dishes can be found on almost every corner. One of my favorites was the ham and cheese toastie that I bought at local deli when I was on my daily adventures.
2. The Mass Amount of Parks
Every time I have gone to London, I managed to stumble across a beautiful park that looked like something out of a movie. It is hard not to be amazed by the beautiful nature that is all around. One of my favorites would have to be Hyde Park because of its natural ambiance and it isn’t to far of a walk from Buckingham Palace.
3. The Diversity
You can find people from all over the globe in London. From the food to the arts, there are so many cultures to embrace. The city offers a huge array of international shops and bars and universities that cater to students who are interested in studying abroad.
4. Some of My Favorite Musicians Are From There
Adele. Ed Sheeran. Amy Winehouse. Estelle. Emeli Sandé. Little Mix. The Spice Girls. So many of my favorite singers come from this beautiful city or from the cities that surround it. The music scene here is always bursting with talent.
5. Borough Market
This probably one of the most famous places to visit in London. If you are a foodie, you will fall in love with Borough Market. It is filled with fresh organic food and it is well worth the visit if you are ever in London. The food is affordable and it really is a plus to be able to eat amazing baked goods.
6. The Tube
Being from Houston, I have to drive everywhere. Houston is far to big and humid to walk from one place to another, so a car is a necessity. During my internship, I was given the amazing Oyster card that allowed me to travel on the tube to different parts of London in no time at all. The London Underground goes everywhere. One tube can literally take you anywhere in the Metropolitan area. It is pretty efficient in my opinion, but not many people may agree with me. It also makes you feel like a local when you ride which can enhance your experience of the city.
7. The London Eye
It is almost impossible to go to London without seeing the London Eye. It is a beautiful Ferris wheel that is placed in one to the most stunning parts of London. I have not had the courage to ride it because I am deathly afraid of heights, but from what I have heard it does make for some amazing photos of London’s skyline and the city as a whole.
There are many tourist attractions along Southbank. There is Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the River of Thames guiding you on your way. There are a mix of places you can stop at and to be honest you can spend the entire day just walking from one end to the other. It’s an amazing sight to see when it is lit up at night. On the last few days of my internship, I would just go to Southbank and sit on one of the benches and write. It was very serene and peaceful.
9. Finding the Affordable Stuff
Is London expensive? Yes! Are there affordable things to do in London? Yes! I was a broke college student when I did my internship in London, but I found ways to stretch the money that I had saved for my trip. My amazing co workers also gave me a few ideas of some affordable places that many tourists do not know about. Camden Town was one of my favorite places that had many budget friendly shops and restaurants. I also learned to explore the cities outside of London because they also have many affordable shops and bars that cater to people traveling on a budget. London does not have to break the bank. You just have to be open to searching for the free stuff which is also a great way to get to know London a little bit better.
10. The Royal Family
The British Royal Family is kind of big deal over in the U.K. I’m fascinated my by the royal family and every time that I have visited London I always made my way over to Buckingham Palace. I think I have seen it more times than I can count. Royal sightings are always a possibility and if you wake up early enough you catch the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Have you been to London before? What are some your places to visit and what would you recommend?