I live in London, but it’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday of commuting and visiting favourite places. Before long, you’ll realise that you haven’t been anywhere new in weeks. This is particularly awful in the capital city, where there is so much to see and do. From cobbled side streets to imposing world-wide icons, London has it all. I think it would be impossible to see it all, but I want to make sure that I get to see and enjoy as much of my city as possible.
My parents and sister decided to come down to visit for a few days, which was the perfect excuse to get out and explore more. We walked over 45,000 steps over the three days, so it’s fair to say that we got to see a lot of the city.
Here are some of my highlights.
On Saturday, we took our time walking along the south bank of the river from Borough Market in the East to Parliament in the West. It’s such an interesting walk, taking in quieter corners and hugely popular tourist attractions, like near the London Eye. It also helped to build up my appetite, which was perfect for when we stopped at TGI Friday’s later.
If that wasn’t enough walking, we carried on all the way up Whitehall and the Strand to see Stepping Out, which is a comedy play about amateur tap dancers. It was hilarious and all four of us enjoyed it.
The next day, we trekked over to West London and Little Venice to see the canal boat festival that they were holding. I loved all the decorations on the boats, and fell a bit in love with this little dog who was about to start a very peaceful nap on the end of his owner’s boat.
Looking at the house boats from the canal bridge was lovely. We had a stroll down the canal after looking at all the decorated floating homes.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a bit obsessed with front doors. This bright yellow number has captured my heart. It might just be my favourite in the whole city.
I treated my dad to his birthday present the following day, which was a tour of the Olympic Stadium, which is now home to his favourite football club, West Ham United. He enjoyed it massively. I have to admit that I enjoyed the Olympic facts a lot more than the detail about football. Holding a real London 2012 gold medal around my neck was definitely a highlight.
Being in the stadium was so inspiring, remembering all the incredible wins for Team GB back at London 2012. I wish I could have been there back then.
It was a great weekend overall and it has definitely inspired me to get out and go exploring in London more. There’s so much to see that I better get cracking!
Where are your favourite places in London? Do you feel like you should explore where you live more?