My experience in one of the most famous places in the world.
11.02.2011 - 13.02.2011 4 °C
London, probably the most awe-inspiring places I have been yet. If it wasn't the beautiful architecture, history, or accents, it was just seeing all the different people from different areas of the world coming together to experience this beautiful place.
Some people say it is too crowded for their liking, or its just not their style. I honestly don't know how someone could think that way about it. You get to see buildings and masterpieces thousands of years old. You get to experience culture and history, thats been around for a hell of a lot longer then you have.
If you are scared of people then yes, you probably don't want to go here, but I wouldn't say throw that idea away. Just wait for the winter months. I went in February, and yes it was busy, but not crowded, like some people lead you to believe. I only got to say for 2 nights as I had to come back to work the following Monday, but I got to see mostly everything I wanted.
The first day we bought passes for the bus tour. Sounds hokey, I know, but it was the best thing I could have done for the amound of time we had allotted to this trip. You buy a ticket for about 25 euros and you get to do this hop-on hop-off tour around all of London. We were lucky, and at the time we had gone they had special going on for getting 2 days on this tour for the price of 1. I am pretty sure they do this "special" often however so dont wory to much about it. It was so much easier getting from one place to another, and we got to see everything you would want too, being there. It also allowed us a free boat tour by the London Bridge which was also very cool.
The first night we stayed in a hostel called Clink78, and I would definitely reccomend it there. The staff were super friendly, the beds were clean, and they had good parties at night, and breakfast in the morning. It was a bit crowded the next morning while everyone was heading out, but that was because there were 2 big school groups there. The only real downside to the place were the bathrooms. There was a unisex toilet close to our room which was a bit dirty, and the boys and girls toilets in the other area were also quite crowded and dirty. Other then that it was a great hostel!
The second night we stayed in a bed & breakfast, which is close to the airport. I am pretty sure it was called the Stansted lodge. I do not reccomend this place at all. They say it is very close to the Stansted Airport but we had to pay 15 pounds for a cab there. It was completely empty when we got there aside from the owner, and he seemed a bit creepy himself. Needless to say I am happy I wasn't travelling alone to this place.. They also advertise having free shuttle to the airport in the mornings. There is no shuttle, it is the owner who drives you there in the morning. He was 20 minutes late, but luckily for us we made the plane just in time.
Unfortunately we didn't get to go out either nights do to early flights and being super tired, But we walked past the party in Clink78 seemed to be awesome. We met lots of cool people here as well as there are so many people from around the world!
Tips and Advice: If you don't have so much time, do the bus tour, it is so worth it. Also, I would say if you are travelling alone (esp. as a female) make sure to stay in at night, as I think it could be quite frightening going out alone.
All in all it was a wondeful trip that I will remember forever! Don't miss out on this city!
Those are my two bits. Have a day full of wonder and laughing!---- Mariah!