HOW TO SPEND 7 HOURS IN LONDON

Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathederal
Millennium Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral
Downing Street
Downing Street
National Gallery
National Gallery
National Gallery
National Gallery
China Town
China Town
Selfridges
Selfridges
Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
Tate Modern
Tate Modern
Westminster
Westminster
Trafalger Square
Trafalgar Square

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Breakfast at Buckingham Palace
Breakfast at Buckingham Palace

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Me and my sister recently stopped of in London for 7 hours on our way down to our cousins in Chichester. Here’s how we spent the 7 hours we had in London.

We got the Megabus down at 2:45 am and arrived in London at 8:00 am on Sunday Morning. Megabus as a cheap mode of transport was great, it was comfy and only cost us £7 each, although had we booked it earlier it would have been a lot less. We thought, rather than spending the 7 hours before our train at 15:30 leisurely walking around, we would try to see as much of London as we could possibly see in that time.

I have to say, I am pretty pleased with our accomplishment, as after walking nearly 17 miles, we managed to see 21 of London’s most famous sights. You might think that seeing that many places we must have run and had no time to spend looking, however we actually had a lot more time than you would have thought, we did walk quite fast though. Here is a list of the sights we managed to visit.

Impressive huh, well I think it is anyway. We walked a route we planned before which went past all the sights we wanted to see. From the London Victoria Station where we arrived, we Started at Buckingham Palace as it was near the station and ate our McDonald’s breakfast right outside the palace. This was at 8:30 in the morning which was great as it was practically deserted at what is one of London’s busiest tourist attractions. We then headed down the Mall to Trafalgar square stopping of at the Horse Guards parade on the way. After taking in Trafalgar square we headed up to Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and China Town as they are all in close proximity. The shops in China Town were all shut but we were still able to soak up the beauty and the atmosphere of the place. By time we got back down to Trafalgar Square, the national gallery was open so we spent 20 minutes in their having a quick look around. From there we walked to Westminster past Downing street and then across Westminster Bridge to the South Bank. Our longest part of the day by far was the walk down the south bank to tower bridge and the tower of London, stopping off at Tate modern on the way. This is my favourite gallery in London, I am always awe-struck by the massive turbine hall as you enter, such as great feat of architecture by Herzog and De Meuron, it is going to look even better once the new extension has been added. We then had to walk all the way down the south bank again before we could head up Reagent street to do a bit of shopping and visit Hamleys toy shop. It didn’t have the same effect on me as it did last time I visited when I was 10 for some reason. To finish of we had a quick look round Selfridges on Oxford street and walked through Hyde Park back to the train station. Seeing all the people relaxing in the park on what was a glorious day made me think perhaps we should have done that too, well, I’m sure there will be a next time.

Anyway, if you ever have 7 hours or so to see London and you want like us to see it all, I would advise planning a route before hand including all the places you want to see, make use of the maps which are dotted all around the city on boards they are great and finally don’t rush too much you can still do it all at normal pace of walking.

Jack.

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