ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Where to Go on the First Day in London

Updated on July 17, 2018
Samuel Brezani profile image

I am a blogger and writer of travel stories. I successfully ended secondary school focused on management, economics, and business.

Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea

Hello from the capital and largest city of England, London. The trip to London as well as to another city has to be well planned, what I or we did not do so much in detail. I cannot say that we did not visit everything what we wanted to see but it is clear that in one week a lot more can be seen in this city. There are also several negative factors, including weather or transport. Just traveling to London and back take you some time. But let’s not talk about what we could see yet there, but what we really saw and from where the idea of going to London actually came.

Everything started with the message from my cousin if I do want to go to New York. Of course, yes I do, but after a while, it turned out that there is a long way to New York and maybe we could not be there as long as in another nearer city. So we decided to travel to London. Since, in both cases, it would be my second visit to those cities, we also agreed for the longer time that we will be there. So one week was a great idea. I found the flight tickets, later the accommodation and everything was ready.

Traveling to London

As our plane was leaving from Bratislava (Slovakia) on Monday, in the early hours of the morning, so we traveled in the Sunday afternoon by train to Bratislava, where we had a hotel booked. On Monday morning we got up and went to the airport. Whereas from Bratislava to London, airplanes are not flying so often to the main London Heathrow Airport, so we had to travel with Ryanair Company, which offered lower prices of flight tickets, however to a secondary London Stansted Airport. Ryanair belongs among the low-cost companies and I flew with it for the first time. I did not like the system of Ryanair very much. But the lower price of tickets was reflected later. I knew that while we get from Stansted Airport to central London it will take us a little longer. From the airport, it runs very often the Stansted Express, which we traveled with. But the prices of this train were somewhat higher than we expected, and after a while, I realized that it is probably better to pay for a more expensive flight ticket and travel by a "classic" plane and get to the Heathrow Airport directly, from which even runs the underground train. So we got to the Tottenham Hale station, from which we were also traveling by underground (Victoria Line) We bought a weekly unlimited ticket for the underground in zones 1 and 2, which cost for a person about £40 (40 pounds). So we traveled by the underground to Victoria Station, where we crossed the District Line and by that line, we came directly to the Earl’s Court Station, a station close to our hotel.

Earl's Court Underground Station
Earl's Court Underground Station

First Moments in London

So we arrived to London in the morning (around 10 a.m.) and the hotels are accustomed to accommodating guests after 2 p.m., I thought that we would just put down the luggage and go to the city. The hotel staff was really decent and they accommodated us as soon as we arrived. So we quickly unpacked our luggage and went to the nearest restaurant. The first place for eating, we saw on our street, was the restaurant or „fast food“, the Burger King, which was our first meal in London. When we were eating, we quickly decided where to go. I immediately thought of the Trafalgar Square as I was there and on the first day in London, I think it is a great place where to start. So we figured out which underground train can we get near this square with, and among the streets full of people we gradually got there. The weather was very nice on the first day, so we could admire the Trafalgar Square in full brilliance.

Piccadilly Circus

After the Trafalgar Square, I once again wanted to see another famous place in London – Piccadilly Circus, which is famous for advertisements on the corners of buildings. Just like at the Trafalgar Square, here you will meet also a lot of tourists who want to take a picture or just have a look at the city’s traffic (if it is possible). We were on the first day just walking to Piccadilly Circus, but you can also travel there by underground, specifically by Piccadilly or Bakerloo Line.

Shopping Street

I think that, as in New York City, everyone knows the popular 5th Avenue, also in London, you should certainly not miss out the famous shopping street – Oxford Street. We went through there after visiting the Piccadilly Circus. It is a really rich street for the shops, there is no doubt about it, but there were quite a lot of people and in some cases, it can also spoil the overall impression of this place. But we decided to move quickly to the nearest underground station because it was almost 5 p.m. and we decided that we would come there another day. The underground near this street is going from the station Oxford Circus – Bakerloo, Victoria and Central Line.

We went back to the hotel where we decided where to go next. Of course, we had to go somewhere to eat before, and then helped me a message from my aunt, who sent me some tips about where to find some good food in London. The Pret A Manger restaurant, where they prepare fresh and healthy dishes, was a great choice for us. On the way to Pret A Manger, located almost on every corner of London, we walked alongside the traditional British houses.

Fulham

Already before our trip, my cousin told me that he wanted to visit some of the stadiums in London. I have visited some of them a few years ago, but the one we were just on that day, I have not seen yet. Even though I am not interested in that things, I decided to adjust and have a look. We traveled by underground to the station Putney Bridge from where we walked through a small but interesting park – Bishop’s Park. People were relaxing in the park (probably after a busy day of work), walking and doing sports. We continued to the stadium Craven Cottage, which is situated in Fulham. The only thing that attracted me was that they were really narrow entrance doors to the stadium, through which I do not know whether everyone will get inside.

Narrow Entrance Door
Narrow Entrance Door

We crossed the Fulham to another, much smaller park, where we sat for a while on the bench. I was calling with my grandma for a while. On the way to the underground station, we stopped at the shop, because the food has to be always and everywhere. We entered the underground and after 15 minutes we were back at the hotel. And this is the end of our first day in London.

© 2018 Samuel Brezani

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Paddygsound profile image

      Paddy 

      5 months ago from Australia

      A brilliant place. I would love to go there. I think with London etc. you can just feel the history coming out of everything. The buildings are solid and classic in design.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      An interesting diary of a day in London.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)