We took the train from Letchworth Garden City to London, it’s not a long ride and it only took us around 45 minutes to Kings Cross Station. If you buy a return train ticket and ask for a “Travelcard” then you can get unlimited transport on the tube, buses, and trams for one day (there are also 7 day travelcards available). This is a good deal because the tube can add up quickly!
For all you Harry Potter fans, we saw this on arrival at Kings Cross Station.
We had a list of what we wanted to see in London as we only had a couple of days to do it. We started off by walking along the Thames towards our hotel. We saw some great architecture along the way and the London Eye. Big Ben was covered in scaffolding as was part of the parliament – everything requires maintenance eventually!
I thought Westminster Abbey was so beautiful!
We made our way to Buckingham Palace and even saw some wildlife on the way!
The Canada Gate at the palace!
The Wellington Arch sits on the corner of Hyde Park and Green Park. It was built between 1826 and 1830.
A fun thing to do in the evening is visit Piccadilly Circus, it’s a busy happening area in Central London. It’s known for its huge video display, neon signs, along with shopping and theatres. The curved building is what really caught my eye here.
On our second day we visited the Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks. Construction began in 1887 and it took eight years to complete. It was interesting to go inside and learn more, an added bonus was the views from the bridge and the glass floor.
Next to the Tower Bridge is the Tower of London, naturally that was our next stop. We spent a considerable amount of time here. This is where the Crown Jewels can be viewed and the display is incredible. It was founded near the end of 1066 and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s definitely worth visiting. You should go early though because on our way out the queue to view the crown jewels was super long!
Our last stop was at St. Paul’s Cathedral and it is absolutely worth the entrance fee to see the inside. It’s 17th century English baroque style. You can also climb to the top of the dome for outstanding views of London.
We really enjoyed our time in London and found it easy to get around to all the sites.
Where we stayed: Marlin Waterloo Hotel 👍