London travel diary August 2018

I know it´s been a while since I´ve travelled to London and promised to tell you more about my trip, but I´ve been very busy, so I just have found time to write my second travel diary from London from summer 2018 now. But I still think that it will be interesting for you, because I want to share what I´ve done during my stay, where I enjoyed amazing food and more. You can also find my London travel diary July 2018 with recommodations for the typical tourist attractions - HERE.

In August 2018 I travelled to London alone to visit a family member there. It was actually the very first time for me that I was flying solo. Although I have already been on several flights, I have never been flying alone. It was kind of different to having people with you that you know, because I had to spend the time at the airport and during my flights on my own, but it was totally okay.

 Day One:

After arrival I took the Southern Railway train from London Gatwick airport to London Victoria. From Victoria I took the underground to get to the place where I was staying. As I stayed at the flat of my family member that I visited, I can´t give you a review of a hotel. But during my stay in London in July 2018 I stayed at a hotel at Earls Court station and liked it (read more in my blogpost "How to plan your perfect London vacation").

At first we had some lunch, as it was already afternoon when I arrived. Afterwards we wanted to eat some cake and wanted to try a new bakery, so we decided to visit Oree (I already told you more in my blogpost "Secret food hotspots in London"). We had some super delicious cake and even though it wasn´t that cheap, the bakery Oree offers a nice atmosphere and is for sure worth a try.

We already knew before I arrived that we would like to visit a musical, but we weren´t sure which one we should see. Our first choice would have been Aladdin, but they only had super expensive tickets for that evening left and we really didn´t want to spent that much money for a musical.

So we decided to just walk around the West End Area and see if something would catch our eyes. Then we saw the Adelphi Theater where Kinky Boots was played. We asked at the ticket counter if they had any tickets left and luckily we were able to buy 2 tickets, each 25 pounds and got to see this amazing musical. I haven´t heard that much before of Kinky Boots, but it was amazing! The songs, the actors, the story - everything was just perfect.  Sadly I just saw that Kinky Boots isn´t played in the Adelphi Theatre any more, but Kinky Boots is on tour in the UK. If you ever have the possiblity to see this musical, you should really do that!

view to the stage of Kinky Boots from our seats

Before the musical started we had a quick but good dinner at an Itsu restaurant, which is located vis-a-vis the Adelphi Theatre.

Day Two:

Hard to believe as I´ve already been to London 4 times before, but there had been some places that I wanted to visit as I hadn´t seen them before. 

We started at Camden and strolled through the streets. Camden Town is popular for his markets, athmosphere, party area and more. At the Camden market you can find different things to buy, like food and drinks from different countries, fashion shops, souvenirs and they also offer events.

It was cool to experience this atmosphere, but there have been so many people that it was hard to get around inside the market. I would recommend to visit weekdays and not at the weekend.

From Camden we walked to Primrose Hill, a hill at the north side of Regent´s park, to take a little break and to enjoy the sun. It was super hot during my stay in London, so a lot of people were sitting in the park, meeting some friends, eating lunch and we also had a good time there. In summer this is definitly the right place to calm down and to relax.

The next place we wanted to explore was Little Venice, so we took the bus from Regent´s park to get directly to Little Venice and this was the right choice. I like it a lot to take the bus in London, because that way you can see a lot of the city. Little Venice is a neighbourhood in London, you can find a lot of canalside venues, like a waterside cafĂ© and you can see a lot of narrowboats when you walk at the way right next to the water. Super nice area and definitly something special!

For dinner we also wanted to try something new, so we jumped on the underground, got off at Piccadilly circus and walked to Soho. At Soho you have a wide range of different restaurants, but when we came by Slug & Lettuce, we read their menu and decided to have dinner there. They have good prices and the food was SO good.

Day Three:

On day three I discovered London on my own and started at Covent Garden. This is really one of my favourite areas in London and I try to visit it as often as possible! From Covent Garden I walked to Admiralty Arch, which is located at Trafalgar Square. This is such a vibrant and historical area and always a must-see for me.

Admiralty Arch

Afterwards it was about 10 o´clock a.m. and I didn´t really have a plan what to see next, so I thought about what I haven´t seen the last time and one of these things was the Changing of the Guards. I have been to the Chaning of Guards in front of Buckingham Palace already in July, but sadly there were so many people that I hadn´t seen that much. I arrived on time and watched the stunning Changing of the Guards.

Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guards

From Buckingham Palace it turned out to be a good idea to walk through St. James´s Park back to Trafalgar Square. I still didn´t have an exact plan, so I just followed a pretty-looking street and was excited where this street would lead me to (this was a good plan for me to see something new!).

St.James´s Park
In the end I was at Embankment and as the weather was perfect, I decided to buy something for lunch and then enjoy it in the Victoria Embankment Garden. Definitly a great choice, as I could sit on a garden bench while the sun was shining and I had a good view to the Thames. Couldn´t have imagined a better place for lunch!

View to the Thames from the Golden Jubilee Bridges

Embankment Area

For my next stop I did some research as I wanted to see St.Paul´s Cathedral from above, but didn´t want to pay the entry fee at the Cathedral - so I visited the One New Change Mall and took the escalator to the Rooftop, where a nice Rooftop bar and a large terrace are located. From the terrace you have a perfect view to St.Pauls, over London and even to the Thames. So this is absolutely a great tipp for all London visitors!

St. Paul´s from One New Change Mall

You can even see the London eye, have you spotted it?

As I still had a lot of time left, I decided to visit the British Museum again. My last visit had been about 5 or 6 years ago and I already liked it and it´s architecture a lot back then. New for me was, that there is a security check before entering the museum, because the last time when I visited the museum there wasn´t any kind of check. This showed me how much changed in London after all the negative things and terror attacks the months and years before.
Inside the museum I was flashed again by the atmosphere and architecture. This museum is also a must-see place for every London visitor in my opinion.

British Museum from the outside

Amazing architecture

Last but not least I walked to Neils Yard, because I had seen many pictures of it on Instagram and wanted to see it with my own eyes. It´s a really beautiful and colourful place, and the surrounding areas are so pretty. If you have some spare time, you should definitly visit Neils Yard during your London stay.
Neils Yard

Day Four:

Day Four was already my last day in London, so I packed my suitcase again and left to the airport. I took the Gatwick express this time, as my ticket was valid for the Southern Railway train and also for the Gatwick express. I have always chosen the Southern Railway train, but this time I wanted to try something new. It was really crowded inside the train, but the Gatwick express offers fast WIFI - that´s something that I like.
Sadly my trip was over again way too fast, but I´ll hopefully be back soon.

What´s your favourite place in London?

Yours, Nina


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