London Adventures

The last time I’ve been in London was about three years ago, when I visited for a family vacation during the summer. I remember the city having beautiful architecture, crammed yet efficient metro systems, and lots of things to see and do. My memory wasn’t far off, and I loved London every bit as much this time around too. This time around, I also made sure to visit all the other spots that I didn’t get a chance to see during my first trip.

Here are some spots that I checked out my second time around:

TO DO:

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  • Platform 9 3/4: This platform from the world of Harry Potter is located inside the King’s Cross Station. It’s free to take a picture, although the lineup for it never seemed to die down. We waited less than half an hour.
  • Harrods: this giant luxury department store occupies a 5-acre site and has 330 departments covering one million square feet of retail space.
  • Kensington Palace: this royal residence in Kensington Gardens makes for a great afternoon stroll, and is less crowded than the popular Buckingham Palace.

MARKETS:

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  • Camden Market: This is one of my favourite markets in Europe; it is impressively big with a multitude of different vendors and a large variety of foods to try, although I still opted for the English fish & chips. There was such a long line for this one fish & chips vendor, I knew it had to be good… The cod was fried to absolute perfection yet still incredibly moist on the inside.
  • Borough Market: This one is smaller than Camden market, but still has a lot of unique and interesting vendors. I tried a Scotch egg for the first time (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and coated with breadcrumbs to bake) and it was quite good.

EATS:

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  • Afternoon Tea: I love the whole concept of afternoon tea. I’d recommend Muffin Man for scones and Sketch for “late morning afternoon tea.”
  • Wasabi: this fast food chain offers a wide selection of Japanese dishes for cheap takeaway, from curry chicken to noodle soup and sushi sets.
  • Adventure Bar: This is a fun themed bar near SOHO, serving giant cocktails in plastic popcorn containers and cupcakes.

I’m glad I decided to visit London for a second time, and hopefully not for the last. Hope to be back soon!

 

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