My name is Bailey Hales, and I was a study abroad student in the London Eye 6-week English program in London this past summer. Participating in a study abroad was the greatest decision I have ever made and I enjoyed every second of it.
London is a city where you can walk down a block, turn the corner and find yourself in a different place. You may find yourself in the complete hustle and bustle of a work day in a business district close to the Strand, or possibly in a Bangledeshi part of town by Brick Lane, or overwhelmed by tourists from all countries by the Tower of London. The best part about London is that you can find “your” spot of town anywhere.
I can say that I certainly “found” my parts of London, which is why I have decided to post my 10 favorite things to do, see, and experience in London.
Go and devour. You haven't experienced Portuguese food (well, unless you have visited Portugal) until you've experienced Nando's. Also, having a pebble-ice craving? Look no further than your local Nando's. Nando’s is also the perfect place to go out with all of your study abroad-mates, their huge tables were often filled by us self proclaimed Londoners.
Quiet places in London are few and far between, however if you walk behind the cathedral on the high street, literally seconds from the entrance to the inner circle of Regents Park, you will find a very quaint area of fun shops and places to eat- I never encountered large groups of tourists there, which is nice when you are almost always surrounded by school groups and large groups of tourists in London.
8. Oxford Circus: Favorite- Miss Selfridge/Top Shop Combo Store
Forget the heels or uncomfortable shoes of the like. The only thing you need is a credit card and will-power to shove through the gigantic crowds that take over these stores on nights and weekends. Try going in the morning on a week day, trust me... it will save you a lot of stepped on toes and dirty looks when you snatch the last clearance dress from the hand of a competitor. I am a big shopper, and this is a store exclusive to London. Oxford Circus is a madhouse at all times, but it is an experience to be had regardless of whether you are a shopper or not.
7. Westminster Tube Stop
Simple. Walk out of the exit towards Westminster Abbey and slowly look up. If you haven't had your "London" moment yet, you will after that.
If you can only see one museum in London, make it this one (although, you should really go to them all). The best part? The fashion exhibit. They have Princess Diana's white pearl gown and many, many dresses from all designers and all time periods. Interesting and beautiful- also free, free, and free.
5. Millennium Bridge and the Embankment- At Night
Twinkle Lights, Romantic River, Beautiful Bridge.
3. Trafalgar Square- At Night
Then walk down Fleet Street and stop almost at the bottom for a delicious Chilango's burrito that will cure any Chipotle craving you have. Then walk back up and eat it in the St. Paul's church yard. Or walk a short distance, hop the tube at "Temple" and get off at St. James and eat there :)
St. Paul's is my place. There is nothing like it in the city, at least for me. I love going there to think, sit outside, and just take in the beauty of the city.