Visiting London during the trip this time was on the cards n me n my colleague were planning out this. We realized low fares being offered by RyanAir if you book online n took them. Took to a friend who offered us good accommodation through AirBnB in London. Now that the planning of going there complete, we started brainstroming, what should be on our to-visit list taking the two days on hand and the early sunset..
Starting the day early from Dublin n reaching London by 0815, it was not long before we reached the Gatwik Railway Station. Got into the Southern line to reach East Craydon (after a much needed coffee from the AMT) and then to transfer to the train to LondonBridge. Train service was smooth n easy... reaching our stay, it was not long before we head onto the street post discussing areas / local attractions.
We then finalized below could be covered within timeframe, budget..
We felt that London was best visited by a mix of walking, tube and cycle.. took a day pass for the tube n had our maps ready for the expedition about to begin..
The below were the attractions we zeroed in for day one:
- Tower Bridge
- London Bridge
- Thames walkway
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben
- London Eye (closed for repairs until Jan end)
- Parliment House
- St James Park..... n the list goes on!!
After a tiring day n good amount of traveling by foot and in tube, we settled back to reach Borough station (Underground Tube) to tech our friends place. Relaxed a bit for the evening n spotted a Indian restaurant for dinner. Food was good but well the quantity was actually a 5-star presentation, when asked the restaurant manager told starter is just to start and hence the small quantity.. Really 😱
Finally after our dinner walked back home to finally call it a day.
Day two started with myself and Kaustav starting to St. Paul's and planning to visit the Buckingham Palace in first half of the day...
Completing the change of guard parade, we then moved to St. Paul's and were mesmerized by the garden and the church. It was a silent, lovely place of worship which was well maintained.