A trip to London


London, the capital of the UK, is the destination of millions of visitors each year making it the most visited city in the world. They come for business or to admire one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is rich in monuments and places to visit like the Royal Palace to Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Big Ben, Wembly Stadium, Tower Bridge and plenty of museums and art galleries. There are also leisure centers and shopping, cinemas and theaters. The city is cosmopolitan and its inhabitants speak 300 different languages.

London has an oceanic climate and is known for its rain. It snows a few times in the city in winter. The temperature ranges from -10 in winter and 38 in summer in August. London also has great economic importance. The city houses the offices of the largest stock exchanges and global financial institutions. industrial activity is also found there. Tourism and the media are also important activities.

Arrival at the airport:

The plane landed at around 16h Gatewick airport to the Londoner suburbs. After passing customs, you have to get across the Gatwick Express Station. It is the train that runs between the airport and London Victoria Station in central London. There, I was able to take the subway to reach the Moorgate station where my hotel is located.

A nice hotel:

For accommodation, I chose a hotel in the Moorgate area in a quiet corner of the Londoner capital, the London Central Moorgate. The Bed & Breakfast formula costs about 65 pounds (55 euros) per night. The room is comfortable and equipped with a telephone, cable TV, heating and a very comfortable bed. The view was not very nice, indeed, the hotel was in town but the view was of another building. The hotel also offers a paid wifi connection. In the vicinity of the hotel, there was nothing interesting to visit. There are residences, a small theater, two pubs, two shops of ready to wear and many offices.

For transportation, the hotel was very convenient in the sense that there was a bus station which served more destinations in London. There was also the metro station Moorgate in 5 minutes walk.

A trip towards Tower Bridge:

In the evening, my first target was the Tower Bridge. This is one of the many bridges that cross the Thames linking the two parts of the city. It is formed by two towers connected by a drawbridge. The bridge is painted red, white and blue. The top of the bridge is used by pedestrians to cross the Thames. The two towers contain an exhibition on the history and construction of the monument. This exhibition pays off.

Apart from its tourism role, Tower Bridge is used daily by tens of thousands of people who pass through the city. To get to Tower Bridge, take the bus or subway destiation Tower Hill station.

Tower of London:

From the Tower Bridge, I went to the Tower of London (Tower of London). This huge complex was built in 1066 and has played an important role in the history of the British monarchy. It was a prison, a royal residence and had a military role. The castle is characterized by its fortification and its strong defense and its strategic location overlooking the Thames. The innermost part of the castle is the White Tower which was the first phase of the monument. Then, in the north west another large room. Finally, the large indoor room found that encompasses everything. The castle is surrounded by a few hectares of garden. There are cannons and sculptures of animals like lions and tigers.

Our selection: The Design Museum

Design Museum is a architectural gem on the Thames near Tower Bridge. This museum is the first museum of modern design in the world. It brings together industrial objects and fashion. The museum has three floors: the ground floor con

tains a cafe, reception. It is recommended to make a visit to the toilet, they are designed by the Australian designer Marc Newson. On the first floor of object modern art exhibitions. There is also a café and a restaurant with views of the Thames. The second floor is laid out in two areas, the first is for quasi-permanent exhibitions of the history of design. The second part is for courses to school children came to visit the museum as part of their studies. Unlike many other free museums, the Design Museum is paying. The revenues are devoted to maintenance work.

A cruise on the Thames:

The Thames is a river that runs through London. Boats plying the river each day. It can take cruises along the Thames. These cruises last from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Some boats are equipped with bars, restaurants and cafes and offer quality service. In the boat, you can go through the main London landmarks like the Houses of Parliament (Parliement house), Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and the London Eye. Night cruises are the most enjoyable. Most cruises start from the London Eye or piers Embankment. While some hotels and some agencies offer luxurious cruises that cost about a hundred pounds with dinner and music, there are a few books shuttles provided by transport companies.

The Buckingham Palace:

The Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British Monarchy. This is a complex formed by the main palace and other buildings. I went in the morning in order to attend the changing of the royal guard, which takes place every day at eleven. It is an event that takes place every day in front of tens of attentive tourists armed with their cameras. No way to attract the attention of the guards of the Queen, they are serious and never smile to visitors. The guards of the Queen, on horseback and on foot, yield their seats to other guards in a given ritual. All this happens in front stables and a large courtyard that can be visited. The day of my visit, the palace was closed but I strolled in the park. We must learn, as some rooms of Buckingham Palace are open to visitors during the week, at given times.

Remembrance London: Covent Garden

The Covent Garden district is one of the places that I liked the most in London. Initially, I was in several shops to buy souvenirs. There are several accessories bearing the name of the city and symbolic monuments. key chains can be found, bags & ldquo; I love london & rdquo; and mouse pads with the metropolitan transport network. Covent Garden is known for its fruit and vegetable market, many theaters and cinemas and the London Transport Museum. In the streets of Covent Garden, you can attend performances by artists and acrobats and mimes, combining theater, music and magic.

Nightlife in London

London is a busy city night. The cinema and theater are all over the city. Only the language can be a barrier. celebrates lovers can find refuge in nightclubs and discos in hotels and on board ships that ply the Thames each night. London is known for its pubs (bars) too. A place where you can share, listen to good music and taste the specialties of beer and English wine. In addition to pubs, there are also cafes, restaurants and shopping centers. A feature of London, the museums open at night for tourists. Museums usually open at night the last Friday or Wednesday at least until 22h or 22:30. Caution must not miss the last bus of the evening! The buses usually stop to move at midnight to resume at 6 o'clock. The solution is to take a taxi, but the rates are not given.

A stroll in Hyde Park:

The Hyde Park is a large park in central London. This is the ideal place for a beautiful walk in the kind or a picnic. Inside the park, there are trees, plants and animals such as ducks, birds and squirrels. Some squirrels approach visitors who give them some nuts and other treats. Northeast of the park, there is also the speaker's corner. This is a place where people speak to talk about a political issue or public life. The place becomes a space for constructive and enriching debates. This custom was introduced for decades. In the middle of Hyde Park, there is also a Serpentine lake. In this lake, you can go canoeing or stroll by boat and bird watching.

Discovering financial centers Canary Warf:

London is also the city's business and financial centers. Canary Wharf with its magnificent buildings is one of London's biggest business centers. I visited the huge building of HSBC, one of the tallest buildings in Europe. It is equipped with a large number of solar panels. I also had the opportunity to visit the local stock exchange in London known as the London Stock Exchange. If you have the opportunity to visit these places, do not hesitate to do so.

couple of tours Museums:

I enjoyed my stay in London to visit many museums in the city. Among the most interesting museums, the London Transport Museum . This museum traces through photos, videos and sketches the history of transportation in the city and how it has influenced the lifestyle in the city and its architecture. The filing of the museum, there is also the metro and other means of transport that have been decommissioned and are there to witness the past years for passenger services. This museum is located in Covent Garden.

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum in London and one of the five branches of the Imperial War museum. There is a selection of objects and pictures that come back to the period when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and the Second World War.

Shopping in London Harrods store

London is home to several shopping centers. The best known is probably the center Harrods . Harrods is renowned for its jewelery shops and fashion, luxurious brands and its Food Hall. One can also buy souvenirs in London. At Harrods, there is everything: clothes, accessories, perfumes, wine and food. Harrods also has several restaurants brands. It has an area of ​​almost 18,000 m & sup2; boutiques, it takes a lot of strength and patience to browse all. But we are never disappointed our visit to Harrods. In order to go there, take a bus to Knightsbridge (the luxury area of ​​London), or take the Piccadilly Line underground line.

The British cooking:

My first experience was with the English food with English breakfast (English breakfast). This is a rich dish, rich and varied that helps to withstand the cold Londoner. The breakfast is with eggs, sausage, bacon and mushrooms and can be served as a dish at lunch. In the English breakfast, it also serves tea and fruit juice. This salty sweet mixture is delicious. The second typical flat in London and the UK in general, the fish and chips (fish and chips). This is one of the most popular English dishes. Its preparation is fast and it consists of breaded fish slices and potatoes cut into pieces and fried in oil well. The English call this dish or chipper chippy and it costs 4 pounds (the cheapest price). Arriving in times of balance, I had the right to a free second dish I enjoyed with good English wine.

International cuisine is present in London:

During a stay in London, we can enjoy our passage in a multi-ethnic capital to discover international cuisines and especially as Asian Indian, Pakistani, Japanese, Iranian and Chinese. One can also find Celtic and Scottish specialties. Pakistanis and Indians, for lovers of spicy, exhibit based chicken dishes and very good curry. London allowed me to discover especially the Pakistani cuisine, very delicious. We find these restaurants mostly in poor neighborhoods. Also found in London, as in all large cities, international chains like Starbucks and McDonalds.

End stay:

When we left London, we start with a lot of beautiful memories but also a lot of regrets. The city is so rich in monuments and experiences to live, we can not see everything in a short stay. The city has a rich culture and history extraordinary, to which is added a modern spot. The London Pass allows you to visit 55 different monuments and places. If one is lucky, one can enjoy a twenty monuments. Indeed, time passes very quickly in London!

How to get to London

There are three international airports in London: Gatewick, Hethrow London City Airport .

Gatewick is far from the city and be careful that the flight coincides with the hours of the Gatewick Express. This train does not run from midnight to 6 am. Book a ticket online ( http://www.gatwickexpress.com/ ) and take a round-trip ticket allows for better prices.

Hethrow also has a shuttle called Hethrow Express < / a> . However, the subway is the least expensive option.

From Paris and to get to London, you can take the Eurostar which passes through the channel.

How to get around in London?

The city has a network of buses and subway fast, punctual and efficient. Taxis are strongly discouraged in London. They are overpriced and not effective with traffic. A one-hour trip costs between 50 and 60 pounds (60 to 70 euros) while the metro ticket / bus costs about 2-3 euros.

It is more interesting to buy a card to pay his travel to the unit. There are two types of cards: Travelcard and Ostey Card. These two cards enable transport over metro (tube) and London buses for 3 days or a week. Travelcard costs around 25 pounds (30 euros) per week. Ostey Card is more expensive but also gives access to commuter trains.

in London, we must be vigilant waiting for the bus or crossing the street because the roads are used in the opposite direction compared to other European countries.

As in any big city, London, it is advisable to hide his phone, music player and camera, when not in use on the street and in the means of transport. Watch your bags!

The city map and brochures with schedules and routes subways and buses are available at the stations and the airport.

to stay in London:

in London, there is a great choice for hotels. Indeed, there are luxury hotels for a comfortable stay: Think Tower Bridge 75 pounds / 85 euros, Apex City of London Hotel drunken 85/95 euros. There are also small hotels for the budget (A To Z Hotel £ 25/35 euros). There are other solutions for lodging such as guest houses with B & B formula also apartments. During school holidays, some dormitories London open their doors to visitors to the city looking for a cheap holiday. Finally, there are campsites for tents and. Sites are reserved in the suburbs of the city as Lee Valley and Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site. They are all accessible by public transportation.

Practical Information in bulk:

Avoid letting his bag or his only luggage. This may cause a security alert. The city is monitored by a large number of cameras.

In Britain, the electrical outlets are different from those found in the rest of Europe and the USA. To use an electrical charge or a cell phone, you must have an adapter that costs around 5 euros.

The minute roaming is very expensive and even texting are overtaxed. Having a local SIM card & ldquo; Pay as You Go & rdquo; saving or at least not to ruin. Refill Cards cost 10, 20, 30 and 50 pounds.

European nationals do not need visa to travel to England. For those who need it, be aware that a visa for England can take a long time, you have to book in advance. Here is the link to learn in France: http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk / en / visa /

If necessary, this page contains the addresses and telephone numbers of consular representations in different countries in London ( http://www.visitlondon.com/travel/embassies ).

The tourist office in London (Britain and London Visitor Center) is located in 1 - Lower Regent Street, SW1 4XT. It is accessible by metro Piccadilly Circus. Telephone +44 (0) 8701 566 366. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 18 and from 10h to 16h, and on Saturdays and Sundays.

In a medical emergency, call 999 or 112 to get an ambulance.

Only vaccinated animals accompanied by their health passport are allowed to enter the English territory.

In London, it's colder and wetter than in European cities of the South. It should bring warm clothes. In addition, the weather changes quickly and consistently.

wireless networks in London are paying. By cons, they are free in many cafes.