I’m not going to lie, London itineraries have been done to the death. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace will always appear on them and don’t get me wrong, for good reason. But I’ve come up with an alternative itinerary for 4 days in London, aimed at people that may have already seen all the icons. My itinerary has been INSPIRED by Harry Potter but with a difference, it’s not necessarily a guide to all the Harry Potter movie locations, it’s more a mash up between a classic sightseeing itinerary and a Harry Potter guide…using some of the Harry Potter locations to showcase some of the different AREAS of London that I believe are worth visiting!
My hometown in England was less than 40 miles from the London 2012 Olympic Park. The years leading up to the Olympics I watched a big ugly piece of waste land on the outskirts of London be transformed into the awesome public space that it is today. I’d go by on the train and see all these artist oddities popping up (ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre…I’m looking at you!) and I too started questioning if it was all going to be finished in time! So imagine the disappointment when the ticket lottery started and I received a grand total of ZERO tickets for the events that I wanted to see. Just like that I thought I was going to miss out on something that people, some of who lived 1000s of miles away that managed to score tickets for! Never fear, if you miss out on tickets to the main Olympic event, there are other ways to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere!
There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination. Let’s think about London. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums. They are all cool, iconic things to see! But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like something more unusual to do in London? London is great for unique events but here I share 5 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and unusual things to do in London!
Looking for somewhere unique to stay in London? Well I think I can give you a push in the right direction! How does a luxury yacht sound?! The Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London is docked permanently in the Royal Docks, right next to the Excel Exhibition Centre and even offers views of the O2 Arena and the London Skyline!
There’s no hiding the fact that us Brits like to have a good moan. But sometimes you don’t always really realise how good you had it until it’s gone. This is definitely the case since emigrating to America, I took things in the UK for granted and now I’d do anything to get them back!
4 years ago London was home to the 2012 Olympics. I watched the stadium being built…and then a big twisted red metal structure alongside it. What on earth was it? What was the point of something that was so big and odd looking? But now I think it’s pure genius. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was the brain child of Anish Kapoor. He also created ‘Cloud Gate’ (aka the giant reflective Bean) in Millennium Park in Chicago, USA. Originally the Orbit was just an observation tower, but 2016 saw the introduction of the world’s longest and tallest tube slide, a collaboration with scientist and artist, Carsten Holler. The Orbit slide was born!
Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left. There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us. We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!
London has some amazing areas for street art! I first discovered Camden Town, London when I was 15 years old. To me it was always the place to go for good music, the cool markets, shop fronts with giant objects (such as shoes) exploding from the walls and walking through crowds of punks and goths, to my ‘skater girl’ self, I was in my element! I never really considered to wander away from the main high street, there was always plenty to hold my attention! During my most recent trip, my aim was to go on the hunt for street art. On a busy summer’s Sunday, the side streets were a welcomed respite from the crowds and in this post I share the 3 best street art locations that I stumbled upon!