My 10 Favourite Things About London

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, expat UK, United Kingdom

I should warn you right away: I have unconditional love for London. I just love everything about it, from its architecture, its life, its green spaces to its people. I even like the weather, which I guess makes me a true fan.

Here’s a sneak peek at my 10 favourites things of the city (although I could easily list a hundred):

10. Primark
Any girl who loves shopping will tell you this: Primark is hell, and heaven, at once. So many clothes, so many tiny prices. I know the clothes start to disintegrate the moment you wash them and I am aware of the methods they use to produce these clothes (are they really worse than other stores?) Yet, I still like to shop there as I feel I have saved a whole lot of money for things I’m not going to wear a hundred times. Perfect store for short-fashioned items. One tiny problem though: be there really early, because after noon, its overcrowded with excited teenagers and the queues for the dressing room are always at least 30 minutes long. I know it’s something most people would overlook but I just couldn’t have that Top Ten without my shopping paradise.

9. Albert Bridge
It just gets magical at night, reflecting on the Thames. Plus it’s in a really nice and quiet area, and if you have the time, you can visit the great Battersea Park on the other side of the Thames.

London's West End

8. Entertainment
London is entertainment by itself. The constant hustle and bustle creates a very special environment for all outsiders. That being said, the West End truly is the Mecqua of all musicals in the country, whether you opt for a glamour play via a TKTS booth or a vintage film at the Prince Charles theater.

7. Camden Locks
Such a quirky place. You can find anything from earrings, to art, to tutus and punks. I think it represents the city’s culture extremely well, a rich mixture of hundreds of different things all coming together for the sake of our senses.

6. People
Londoners are impossible to define. They are all so different from one another, each with different styles and manners.

5. Variety of food
Whether you feel like Italian, British, Indian, Moroccan or whatever else comes through your mind, you will find it in London, no matter how thick or thin your wallet is.

Transportation in London

4. Public Transit
An activity by itself! For the non-initiated, travelling on the tube can be quite daunting. 270 stations amongst 11 lines travelling in 6 zones with each different fares… impressive, huh? It is definitely the most reliable way to travel around the city (on strike-free days, that is). The new Boris bikes are also a great way to make your way around the city. I however prefer the bus, especially double deckers, as they are cheaper and allow visitors to do some sightseeing while getting to their destination. And, well, how iconic are these buses?

3. Architecture
Luckily, London was not as damaged as other cities during the Great Wars, which allows us today to witness different styles and eras, including the unclassified and discussable O2 arena on the South Bank, the noticeable Gherkin in the City, as well as lovely Georgian houses in residential neighbourhoods.

2. Big Ben

Very cliché, I know. It just reminds me how lucky I am to be there, in that beautiful city, seeing all those wonderful things. More of a spiritual favourite (but I reckon it is pretty impressive at night).

Hyde Park

1. Hyde Park (Lancaster Gate)
That one is a bit personal, as this is where I got engaged. But I’ve always loved this particular area, the calm that fills you in when you enter the park, the hustle from the nearby high streets slowly fading away. A little piece of heaven in the heart of London.

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