London is always a good idea, even if it rains, which is like 90% of the time anyway.
Having moved in Reading, UK exactly 2 months ago, I got enough time to explore, get accustomed and have a taste of what British life is. The advantage of living in this city is that I’m only a 25 minutes train trip away from London Paddington, which is great in terms of location. So today I’ve finally decided to take advantage of that and take the time to explore London, a city that always had a special place in my heart, and my Bucketlist 🙂
As you know from my previous blog posts from Australia, I got a taste for being up high and discover the city from another perspective, thing that I did in both Melbourne and Sidney, so I couldn’t help but wonder how would London look from 300 meters high.
Obviously, the place where you can see that, is The Shard. This uniquely shaped tower is the highest in Western Europe, and, with a height of 306 meters, it’s only surpassed in Europe by three other skyscrapers, surprisingly all located in Moscow, Russia.
We’ve started our day trip from London Paddington towards Little Venice, which is conveniently located only about 10 minutes walk from the station. I would definitely say the place is a hidden gem, not too crowded, and it’s a relaxing nice walk where you can either enjoy a brunch on a canal boat, feed the swans or just get a breath of fresh air.
When you’ve got enough of fresh air, it’s time to head towards the buzz of the city: Oxford Street. Easily the most crowded street in London, Oxford Street never gets old and it’s the perfect place to get lost around the endless stores.
Going up in the Shard, you’ll have the chance to have a 360 view of the city from 2 different floors, inside and partially outside. Keep in mind to book your tickets online, they are 15% cheaper (25£ instead of 30£), and if you’re a fan of champagne, you can add it to your ticket for 8£ a glass(also a cheaper price, which comes in hand, considering a glass of wine costs 7£ at the bar). Bear in mind the weather in London is always moody, so try not to get disappointed if it’s cloudy or rainy, though you’re still up high so that’s enough to keep you going.
Only a short few minutes walk from the Shard, Borough Market is the perfect stop after you find yourself with your feet back on Earth. Fancy a good cheese, sausison, fish, veggies, flowers, a good pub or restaurant? You name it and it’s here!
We ended our day at Black and Blue Restaurant, a good choice if you’re looking for a nice lunch menu(16£) and a happy-hour cocktail offer for 5£.
So that’s about it with my day-trip in London! Keep in mind these places for your next trip in London and you won’t be needing to check the weather first, as all these are great activities to have, come rain or shine!
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