It was my first visit to London and the city surprised me with good weather, a big variety of tasty food and welcoming people. I documented my 9 day London stay with my camera and picked the best one's for this London by Instagram gallery – let me show you the city through my lense!
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My intention to visit London in November 2012 was to participate in the World Travel Market, one of the largest travel fairs in Europe. I used the chance and figured out to arrive some days in advance to explore the city. Of course my plan was to see the main sights like the Tower Bridge or the Houses of Parliament – but also the food, the famous tea time, the pub culture and the legendary london tube sparked my interest.
Due to the fact that the main airport (London Heathrow) is located far away from the city center I had the chance to have my first real London experience by driving with the London tube for 1,5hrs to get to my Hostel. The London underground is often just called “tube” by the locals – it is moreover the oldest underground railway in the world. Just a few days ago there was the 150 years anniversary of the oldest section. Though the Londoners complain sometimes about their Underground I really liked using it to get from one part of the city quite quick, the only downside is that there is no 24hrs service on the weekends like in Hamburg.
If you are short on time it's always a good idea to join a city tour. As a budget traveler I really like the fact that you have the chance to attend free walking tours in almost every big city in the world – like I already did in Barcelona, Madrid, Cusco and Porto. Therefore I looked up for the agencies that offer tours in London and decided to go with Sandemans – every day they offer a 2,5hrs tour at 11 a.m. starting at Hyde Park Corner station. Beside facts and figures they provided some interesting stories and walked with us to the main sights in the inner city.
After a day discovering a new city packed with loads of new impressions you get really hungry. Some friends of mine already told me that London is one of the best spots in Europe to enjoy indian cuisine. With a population of about 500.000 the indian community in London is the largest non-white ethnic minority group. The place to go is called Brick Lane – here you can find a lot of indian restaurants, most of them have special offers or even buffets. I randomly picked one and enjoyed a filling, very tasty meal for around £10.
Also the days after I used to explore parts of London in between all my meetings I had at the WTM. Beside trying the typical english breakfast I went to party in Soho and also enjoyed a great tea time while exploring the north at Hampstead Heath.
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My accommodation in London was provided by the Safestay Hostel in Elephant & Castle (see the picture above).
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