On my first solo trip I visited Europe with my first stop being in London. Since then whenever someone talks to me about where they should go on their first solo trip I always suggest starting with London. It has that European touch, the accents, but they still speak the same language and are very similar to North America with us each having our own little differences, like driving on the other side of the road (that takes some getting use to) and it has SO MUCH history of course.

One minute you can be enjoying afternoon tea at one of the fanciest places in the city and the next you can be sitting at a sidewalk hookah bar sharing some strawberry shisha with a friend, you can enjoy river cruises, or go paddle boating in the Serpentine, see some amazing art at the Tate, scare the crap out of yourself on a Jack the Ripper tour or at the London Dungeon. You can eat some of the best curry ever on Brick Lane, shop til you drop at Oxford Circus, visit the Crown Jewels, drink many a beer or cider in a pub, eat all the fish and chips you can handle, ride around on a double decker either on a tour or as public transit, see the city from above in the London eye, catch a show in Leicester Square, shop at the markets, ride the tube, see some really old architecture, history and so much more.

Since that first trip I have now been to London at least eight or nine times or more, I’ve lost count. With all of the hype surrounding London with the Olympics this year I can’t wait to visit again this coming November. On my last trip I pulled together a video called “London in a Minute” and I hope it will give you some great tips if you are planning on visiting London soon for the first time along with some of my favourite photographs from the city. I hope you enjoy.

 

Have you ever been to London? What is your favourite part of the city?
One of my favourite London pictures.
Typical red phone booth shot. Although they look lovely from afar be warned that often inside they smell of pee and have strip club ads all over them, unfortunately for most…
Piccadilly Circus at night time lights up like a mini Times Square.
The Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. For all of you Harry Potter fans this is the one that gets ripped apart in one of the movies while people are walking across it.
A view of the massive city from the London Eye, overlooking Big Ben and the Thames.
Typical Bobby Hat souvenirs.