UK - home away from home!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So on Wednesday 10th November Yee Ling and I set off to London! Having heard so much about the city I was pretty excited when we landed at Stansted airport. I would definitely say that travelling in a country that speaks your native language makes things a whole lot easier.  I felt less like a tourist whilst I was travelling through the UK compared to my other European ventures. 

The first thing that struck me was the fact that London reminded me of home. Maybe it was the buildings, the fact that English is the main language or just the fact that they drive on the left. The suburbs that we passed by looked exactly like what you see of London on TV, from the neatly lined houses, to the distinctive red double deckers, old school style telephone booths and the classic black cabs, London is definitely a city with its own distinct character. 

On the afternoon we arrived we were greeted with good weather and blue skies a rare occurrence in London =P. Our first stop was to grab a bite to eat for dinner and the Asian streak within us led us to Chinatown for some roast duck and curry.  Afterwards we look a stroll around the city passing by some of the major landmarks like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.We also strolled along Mayfair. It's interesting to get have the chance of seeing all the streets we all know from Monopoly. 

Day 2-3 in London was a pretty jam packed days. A London experience wouldn't be complete without rain, and that was exactly what we were greeted with on our second day. It's times like these that you realise how lucky we have it in Sydney in terms of weather. On the Thursday night we watched Chicago the musical down at the west end. I would definitely recommend watching a musical whilst you are in London, you can usually get cheap tickets if you look online or you can try your luck and try and buy a cheap last minute ticket at one of the many ticket stores scattered around the west end area. 

Things I would recommend when in London
-check out the markets - there are quite a few different markets in London, Borough is good for food - there is usually a lot of food which they let you sample, be sure to sample the chocolate brownies.
-Portabello Markets is good for things like unique bags, antiques,paintings,books. It's pretty much a street made up of small boutique stores. The surrounding suburb of Notting Hill is also a real nice place to stroll through and admire
-Camden Markets - lots of interesting things - just visit it. Too hard to summarise what they sell
-There are a lot of free museums in London - be sure to check some out. We visited Tate Modern
- Watch a musical in the west end
- Walk through Hyde Park - it's huge
- Take a day trip to Oxford - you will see uni life from a whole different perspective, there is so much tradition and history behind the place.
- Get on board a double decker to get a feel of the London Suburbs
- Last but not least - Go Shopping along Oxford St:) 

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