London for me was half amazing and half not. I did the ‘to do things’ recommended by Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor but I was there during peak season where it was super packed with tourists. Some places like Westminster Abbey were crazy expensive to get in (£18/$36AUD) – could get a whole lobster at Burger & Lobster for that price.
London Eye and Funny Taxis
Maybe if you are a fan of museums London would be a dream. It’s free to go into museums and galleries :)
National GalleryTower Bridge
The worst was at Buckingham Palace – could hardly breathe during the changing of the guards ceremony and wasn’t worth it to fight the crowds. Just look at all the people – the whole place was covered with us tourists D:
In the end we only saw one changing of the guards but I guess it’s better than nothing?
My favourite touristy thing were the markets like Portobello Market which was lined with small street stalls.
The Portobello Markets were right near Notting Hill so we did some exploring i.e. me running off in all directions while poor H tried to not lose me XD
Another favourite was the Borough Markets – food heaven guys and the cheapest place for food I’ve seen. Food here ranges from £4 – 5 ($8- 10 AUD) where the cheapest restaurants in London are at the £10 mark ($20 AUD).
We were mentally making a list of what to eat but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. I decided to get this duck confit sandwich at Le Marche du Quartier where the guy was stuffing handfuls of duck into it. So delicious and flavoursome but a bit more mustard sauce would have done the trick. As I was struggling to eat this beast, a random walked by and asked me where I had brought it during mid bite – awkward but I managed to choke the words out :)
Le Marche du Quartier’s duck confit sandwich (£5 / $10 AUD)
Besides markets another major highlight was the Harry Potter Museum. Kids these days are so spoilt – they don’t have to wait painfully for each book to be released.
The Harry Potter Museum is all about the making of the movies – so much effort and detail went into it but how did they end up so boring? I didn’t really care at all for the making, just transport me to Hogwarts please.
Ahhh I feel like a little kid again – look the common room :)
Did you know being a professional broomstick maker is a career? These guys were hired to make broomsticks for the movies and after the movies ended they were employed by the Museum to show people how broomsticks were made.
Butterbeer was one of those things I was dying to try but sadly it tasted like carbonated water that was super sweet. It was topped with a butterscotch cream that was quite delicious – pity about everything else :/
Butterbeer (£5 / $10 AUD)
London was alright in the end but the food was the highlight for me – I didn’t really eat much English food but they did have some good stuff around if you know where to look :)