Hello everyone, I hope you are having an amazing week, I'm so sorry I didn't post on Sunday, I was ill and I wanted to make sure I got this blog post up asap but I didn't want to post something I wasn't 100% happy with so this is why this post is up late as I wanted to make sure the post was professional and informative. I hope you all enjoy this blog post as it has taken me ages to write it. Holiday blog posts are my favourites, I love writing them, I always try to make them so detailed and interesting to the reader so I hope you enjoy this post!
I went with one of my friends and we booked our trains and hotel separately as this was most affordable, we booked our trains on www.trainline.co.uk and our tickets were £32 per person each way, we booked our trains about 16 weeks in advance in order to get a good deal so if you are planning a trip to London, I would suggest booking your trains asap in order to get them for the cheapest price. We then booked our hotel on the Travelodge website, we chose to stay in a Travelodge near Kings Cross as we wanted to be central and the accommodation was very affordable, it was under £280 for 4 nights for a twin room. I have recently booked another trip to London and the prices haven't varied that much so I don't think it matters as much of when you should book your accommodation as they usually have good deals. However, I would say about 12 weeks in advance would be the best time to book in order to get the best price.
First of all, we went to Kings Cross tube station and bought Oyster cards, this was the most affordable option for travelling on the tube. We both bought an Oyster card and spent about £30 on travelling on the tube between Thursday and Monday. One good thing about getting an Oyster Card is it caps your spend so once you spend £6.50, it won't charge you anymore for that day, this is good especially if you are travelling to many different areas of London each day or you know you will make a lot of journeys that day.
We got the tube to Farringdon as we were staying at the Travelodge Central Farringdon however, we did get lost so we had to get a taxi to take us to our hotel, lol! It turns out we were only about 10 minutes away from our hotel. We later discovered that Kings Cross tube station was nearer to our hotel than the Farringdon tube station, however it was still a 15 minute walk away.
We were very organised and knew what we wanted to do when we arrived so we booked tickets for the London Eye and the River Cruise for the day we arrived as we wanted to make sure we spent our time effectively. This was about £30 and is definitely worth the money, the River Cruise was amazing, we saw so many amazing sights such as the Houses of Parliament, the Shard and London Bridge.
Some of the amazing photos taken on the River Cruise
These photos were taken at different parts of the River Cruise journey, I love how the weather in the photos contrasts and gives a different view of London in each, these photos were taken about 20 minutes apart.
An amazing view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
Another great view of Westminster
These are some of the photos I took whilst on the River Cruise, the River Cruise is amazing, it lasts about 40 minutes and gives you an amazing view of London. This is a great way of seeing London, I actually preferred it to the London Eye as I was able to take clearer photos and see the wonderful attractions up close. This is the perfect attraction to do if the weather is nice as it's a lovely way to see London and see many attractions.
The London Eye
We also went on the London Eye which was good, we actually saw a proposal when we were on the London Eye which was absolutely adorable, it was such a nice trip on the London Eye, we were able to see amazing views of London and it was so much fun. I've been to London many times but this was the first time I went on the London Eye.
Amazing view of Westminster
Beautiful view of London
Me and Rachael on the London Eye
After we had been on the River Cruise and the London Eye we went back to the hotel for some food and unpacked as we had to be up early the next day to go to the Zoo. We got the tube from Westminster to Kings Cross.
Day 2: Friday 15th July 2016
On the Friday we woke up and got the tube from Kings Cross to Camden Town and walked for about 20 minutes to find the Zoo. London Zoo was amazing, when we first arrived we visited the Aquarium, this was one of my favourite parts of the Zoo!
This was a beautiful photo of some of the Coral, I love this photo, I think it looks absolutely beautiful!
This was also one of my favourite photos that I took, this shot is amazing as I managed to get a photo with a variety of different types of fish and I think it looks amazing!
I took a photo of this map as I thought it would be great to include on my blog to show readers what the Zoo has to offer and what animals people can see when they visit the Zoo. We saw loads of animals however I have only chosen 5 photos of different animals to show the animals I saw in the Zoo as well as to show some of my favourite animals.
One of the first animals we saw was a Gorilla
We also saw a few monkeys which were absolutely adorable!
These were the Giraffes we saw
We also went to a Tiger show and saw the beautiful Tigers
Anyone who knows me well will know Penguins are my favourite animals so I couldn't wait to see them. I adopted a penguin for my birthday when I was little and went to see it at Edinburgh Zoo therefore since then they have always been my favourite animals. We saw the Penguin show which was amazing!
We went to a lovely restaurant near our hotel for tea, we went to Mediterraneo on Kings Cross Road, this restaurant was rather charming and traditional inside, I really liked the decor. The food was absolutely amazing and great value for money.
The restaurant was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel and the food was delicious.
We both ordered pasta dishes and they were lovely, I ordered pasta with a vegetable sauce (sorry I can't remember the actual name) and we ordered garlic bread which was like ciabatta bread, however I really liked it. This restaurant was reasonably priced and the food was lovely.
On the Saturday we had a really chilled morning as we didn't have anything planned until the afternoon so we went to Piccadilly Circus and had a look around the shops and visited a cute little cafe on the morning.
I ordered a ham and cheese toastie and a bottle of coca cola, this was about £7 however I don't think it's too bad as this was all I spent on lunch and it was in Piccadilly Circus!
This cafe was absolutely amazing, it was decorated like a cinema and went through the stages of cinema and theatre and had them displayed on the walls which was really cool and quirky.
I took a photo of the cafe we went to, it also has a bar and restaurant which look super cool and I think I will visit next time I'm in London.
We had a look around the shops and went to Regent Street
Piccadilly Circus is one of my favourite places in London, it is absolutely lovely and I love visiting tourist places
After lunch we then took the Bakerloo line and went to Baker Street as we were going to Madame Tussauds on the afternoon. We went to Regent's Park for a couple of hours on the afternoon as the weather was amazing and so warm, it was lovely!
Some of the waxworks at Madame Tussauds looked so realistic, as can be seen above, this is a photo of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, I think these wax work models looked so realistic.
This is a photo of me with the Cheryl Fernandez Versini waxwork. I was so surprised with how realistic she looks. Cheryl has always been a massive inspiration to me so she was one of the only ones I got a photo with!
One of my favourite sections of Madame Tussauds was the Fashion Week section which was so good, the waxworks they had were so realistic.
This was the Cara Delevingne waxwork, I think she looks so realistic. I love how they've put her on the catwalk to make it look realistic.
I also took a photo of the Kendall Jenner waxwork, I thought she looked so realistic and loved the way they decorated the dressing room to make it realistic.
I took so many photos at Madame Tussauds and I had a great time, however I couldn't put them all on this blog. I would definitely recommend Madame Tussauds to anyone who wants to visit something entertaining and fun in London as there were so many celebrities to see!
Day 4: Sunday 17th July 2016
On the Sunday, we got up early and headed to South Kensington to visit the Natural History Museum, we had a really busy day at the museum as we were there for hours as we wanted to make sure we saw as much as we could.
South Kensington was one of the cutest places I visited in London, the houses are absolutely beautiful and I took this shot as I wanted to capture the London buses and the beautiful houses in one photo!
The Natural History Museum was really interesting and I would recommend to anyone who is interested in visiting a museum as it is absolutely massive and has so many sections so there is something to please everyone! However, I would advise researching what you want to visit before you go as it takes ages to visit every section. Some of the sections we visited included Human Evolution, Volcanoes and Earthquakes and the Dinosaurs section.
After we visited the museum, we took the tube to Leicester Square and had a look around the shops, this was good as we were able to just chill and wander around. They were actually packing away the red carpet they use for movie premieres when we arrived.
We then decided to get the tube to Green Park as we heard this was the best tube stop to get off at to see Buckingham Palace. Green Park tube station leads to the park and we wandered for about 10 minutes and then went to take some photos of Buckingham Palace.
It was so nice to see Buckingham Palace, I had never seen it before in all my times of visiting London so I was so excited to visit it and see what it was like. Green Park was a wonderful park, it was a lovely sunny day, I took this photo at the entrance of the park nearest Buckingham Palace.
We then went back to Kings Cross and went to Five Guys for tea which was absolutely lovely, I had never been before so I was so excited to try it and see what the food was like. I ordered a little hamburger and medium fries, I was so surprised at how big the portions were and I have to say the food was absolutely delicious! I am so happy that I have found out there is a Five Guys in Newcastle and the Metrocentre as it means I can go more often and I didn't know there was some so near.
This was our last day in London so we decided to visit one of my favourite places in London, Covent Garden. Covent Garden is one of my favourite places in London, I absolutely love it, we did a little bit of shopping and then went to get a smoothie for breakfast. We then walked to Oxford Street which was about 20 minutes walk away, we went to Primark there and I bought a t-shirt and a new cup which I absolutely love!
On the way back to the tube we found the Great British Museum and went for a look around. This was my favourite museum we visited, I really liked the Roman section, I found it so interesting! I am going back to London in September and I really want to visit this museum again as we only managed to spend about an hour there so I want to visit it again and see more of the museum!
The Great British Museum
I hope you have all enjoyed reading this blog post, I really enjoyed my recent trip to London and I can't wait to go back in September. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you like this blog post!
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