In December of 2014, my mum and I travelled to Newcastle, England for a couple of weeks to visit family and friends. On our way back to Australia, we spent a few days in London, and it was an amazing experience.
We arrived in London on a Tuesday morning, and after having a shower and getting properly dressed at our hotel, we decided to spend the remainder of our afternoon exploring the Christmas Markets in Hyde Park. The markets were bustling with both locals and other tourists, and consisted of stalls, rides and attractions. The decorations were extremely festive, and it was extremely fulfilling to see everyone come together and celebrate the season in this way. My first day in London definitely set the bar high for the rest of my visit.
This is a video blog of my first day in London, and my time exploring the Christmas Markets:
On the second day of our visit, my mum asked me what I wanted to do, and of course I decided on seeing Buckingham Palace. Although we didn’t get a chance to see any of the royal family – I can’t imagine why – it was really extraordinary to be able to stand at the gates and see where they all live. For me, it was one of the highlights of the trip.
After dropping into the Buckingham Palace gift shop and picking up some souvenirs – a Royal Buckingham Palace shot glass included – we made our way to Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately, it was forbidden to take photos or record videos inside the church, but it would have been difficult to properly capture the beauty of the place in a simple photograph. Witnessing the burial places and monuments for the previous Kings and Queens was very enlightening, and it was also interesting to see the exact spot where Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were married.
My mum and I were determined to see as many famous attractions and places as we could in the four days we were in London, and fitting everything into those four days was a little difficult at times – however, 100% worth the careful planning. Although it was excruciatingly cold for those of us who had gotten used to the typical Australian temperatures, the weather boasted clear skies and sun for the majority of our visit (except for the day we visited the Tower of London and the London Bridge, as seen below) allowing for beautiful photographs and an ease of transportation.
i would highly recommend a trip to London for anyone with a love of travelling and the bustling of a big city. It is one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited, and I hope to return to London for another visit once I have completed my degree – hopefully for a lot longer than four days!
** All of the photographs and videos were taken and recorded by me.