Lifestyle

Adventures that don’t require a long-haul flight

London is an amazing city to visit, and an even better one to live in. Yes, we might have to deal with the highest rent in the world, but there’s nothing like having one of the planet’s best cities to explore each and every weekend. I feel quite a bit of pressure to make the most of my treasured days off now that I work the 9 ’til 6 life, so I spend a fair amount of time trying to discover new places with my friends.

Greenwich is one of those places that, while being slightly off the main tourist trail, is postcard perfect. If you’re ever looking for something slightly different to do with your weekend in London, especially if you’re interested in meeting Llamas and a small hike to an incredible skyline view, then read on.

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I love being a tourist. As you probably know, visiting different places for the first time is one of my favourite things to do. And yes, when I’m abroad I often bumble around and take pictures of odd things and don’t really know where I’m going.

Since moving to London I’ve started to understand the relationship that people who live in famous cities across the world have with tourists. Of course tourists give the economy a huge boost, make places more diverse and get to see why you love where you live so much. But, they can also be a little bit annoying.

So, forgetting all the benefits for just one minute, here are the things that I wish I could tell tourists in London.

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This year has been the most diverse of my life so far. I’ve been a student, traveller, intern, employee, Londoner, Sheffielder and a lot more inbetween. It’s been another great one, so I’m going to share some of the best bits with you.

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I am lucky enough to work in an office just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, which is currently being taken over by Christmas. Winter Wonderland descends on the park every year, trampling down the otherwise pristine grass with helter-skelters, rollercoasters, Bavarian bars and food stalls. It’s a completely different experience in the day compared to the evening, so I decided to do both and tell you all about it.

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I have struggled time and time again with this question. For those who are lucky enough to travel via chauffeured car and always tip the bell boy well in their fancy hotels, this isn’t likely to be an issue. Though for the majority of 20-somethings who like to visit multiple cities and countries in one trip, myself included, this isn’t a reality. Instead, we have to tackle getting on and off many different modes of transport, and hauling all of our stuff around with us.

For years I was convinced that the classic suitcase was always the best option, despite the logistical concerns it raised. On my trip interrailing around Europe this summer, though, I decided to give the humble backpack a go. But did it manage to sway me?

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