Where to Go on the First Day in London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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