How to travel across London in three days
33 days ago. One of the most popular European cities, actually the most visited, statistically three times more visited than famous Madrid has much more undiscovered lovely places then we know.
It must be hard to find somebody who wouldn’t love London! And even harder to find someone who has never been there.
The first time I have been to this intercultural city, (almost 300 languages are crossing London’s streets) was around six years ago. But ever since that, it is a need to come at least once a year. I just want to remind myself that I have already been this year. Exactly 33 days ago. It is not my favourite number, but it has a story behind. I have seen almost all historical monuments, modern museums, tourist’s attraction, huge green open spaces or tiny little gardens. All of the kinds of popular places, restaurants, coffees’ and bars. Or even street shows and so-called ‘free-style’ performances. I have heard many shocking facts about London, for example, that the Big Ben is actually not a clock tower, but a bell.
London has five big airports but somehow I have only been to four of them. That was already a great start of my journey. (Thumbs up)
Simply because of this time, I decided to travel to London in three days. I wanted to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern part of London. I was flying from Amsterdam to the London City Airport and because I set up myself a three-day limit, I could not really afford to stay there overnight. I arrived early in the morning — enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee as my first stop was Romford, a city in the Eastern London. Even though my first stop was just about an hour by car. According to my map, that is not a good indicator, London has busy traffic, it is of course not like in New York, but this means that an hour can turn into three or four hours. I just grabbed my lunch and found a spot in the middle of Raphael Park. I am used to English people being very friendly, open and let’s say free minded. Raphael park was really alive, if you have an hour — leave your work and on sunny days just enjoy your lunch sitting on the grass. Hilarious.
I was planning to take a train and be off to my next stop — Caterham, the southernmost place. Actually, I was not ready for the hours’ delay and so I took a risk and within an hour and a half I found myself sitting in the underground, wondering whether I checked my way right. It was almost nine o’clock in the evening and an amazing, very alternative couple recommended me a place to eat and have some drinks in a bar called the Village Inn.
I fell asleep exhausted but happy because day one was successfully over.
I was trying to reach the Queen to see if I can visit her as well.
If you look at the map, opposite of Havering part of London, well exactly on the other side lies part called Hillingdon with my next stop, the Hayes city. I could not be any more excited as I have been to my first motor museum — The London Motor Museum. I must say 80 euros’ ticket (normally I would freak out) but It was worth for a car lover like me. It was around lunch time and I heard many stories about the big International Market here in the Western Part. That time I did not know one day a certificate chef will be serving special raw fish sticks in front of my eyes! Unbelievable.
I took a very late night train from Uxbridge, very close to Hayes to my last stop and my third day, beautiful city Enfield. I have seen many places with amazing nature, but this took my breath. I crossed very famously Capel Manor Garden. For what so famous? The Local Gardeners cut out animals, real sizes out of huge bushes. It was a real artwork. My journey continued and on my way, I had some healthy snack, that I could pick up myself, again the lovely nature — the Parkside Farm. I almost wanted to regret not visiting the Zipline Adventure Park when I just realized my mission across London was successfully accomplished.
At the end I asked a stranger to take a picture of me — as I realized I did not have one!