Hello everyone! It’s so good to be blogging again! I’ve missed it the last week. I took a break because I was unsure of where my blog was going and what kind of posts I wanted to get out there. But there is nothing like coming back on a fresh week and talking about something that you love! I’m always afraid that my posts are becoming lackluster and that my heart isn’t in it but then I find something I love to talk about and I get excited again.
Living just North of London means that it’s only a 40 minute train journey away and it means visiting as often or as little as I want. The train can be expensive for the day though unless you have a specific place to go and are staying for your time in London. I always get confused with the underground and am never sure which zone I need (if you have been to London I’m sure you’ll know what I mean).
This weekend my parents were taking my two oldest nieces to a day out in the city and they kindly invited me and my sister along! I love spending time with my family so I didn’t want to decline.
Since it was my nieces first time in the London, my parents decided to take them on a tour bus around, showing all the tourist sites. I’ve been to London a few times and seen all of them but it was still fun to go around and see it on a tour bus and showing my nieces around.
Here are some of my photographs from the day, most of these were taken on my phone because I dropped my camera and for the whole day I refused to use it in case I found that it was broken so it stayed in my sisters bag for the rest of the day. I tested it when we got home and to my relief it wasn’t broken, phew. We used a company called Golden Tours but there are loads to choose from, this one was significantly cheaper. Most of the companies offer a hop-on hop-off service, which means for a certain time period, you get to use the buses around London, getting off at whichever stop you like and then getting on again wherever you like. This company also have a boat trip included in the price and other companies you had to pay extra for the boat ride. Or you can stay on the bus and not worry about a ride across the Thames! We started at Trafalgar square and as you can see it was absolutely packed. It was a pretty nice day so I guess everyone had the same idea. I’ve been to Trafalgar square in the pouring rain and even during the Winter and it has always been busy. I’m yet to see it empty. We then got onto the tour bus and they gave us headphones so that we could plug them in and then listen to a tour guide, which explained a lot of the buildings, with lots of facts about The Great Fire of London and The Blitz during world war 2.
Some tour bus selfies for your viewing pleasure.
London has a mixture of old and new buildings. The majority of the more modern buildings are covered in completely glass windows whilst the older buildings are more Gothic. Some of the buildings used to be warehouses. They are now mostly offices or have been converted into businesses. Then of course you have the buildings and attractions which London is famous for.
Because you can get on and off the buses as you like during the day, it makes it easy to walk around and see everything a lot better. You can get off at all the major attractions so you don’t have to worry about finding them yourself and you can get right back on in the same place. It also means you can get off and grab lunch wherever you want!
After we were done with the tour, we went down Oxford Street and looked in a few of the shops. But it was so busy and it was hard work just walking down the street. In Oxford Street you’ll find The Body Shop, Zara, Next, New Look, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, River Island etc. and the worlds worst Primark I have ever been in. I never want to go in there again!
If you’re thinking of going to London but are not sure if you’d like to go on a tour or not then I recommend it. If you’ve never been to London before then it can be a great way of showing you round before you start venturing out on your own. It’s also good for getting around since you can get on and off whenever. Plus it’s a quick way to see all of the sights during the day, if you’re not in London for a long stay.
If you would like to see more pictures from the day then you can find them on my Flickr here.
One more thing, my little sister finally put out her first blog posts so you can go and check them out and follow her blog here!