The Travel Diaries – 2. The Royal city of London

Rain, construction, traffic jams and home to the Queen

Playing detective while on the move in London

London! Home to the Royals and a shit ton of history! Like literally, the amount of history in this city is insane. You could spend years here learning all there is to learn about this place but for me, I get just under a week to cram as much in as possible. While I have never been a fan of the Monarch and British Empire for obvious reasons, it is still easy to get swept up in the ‘grandeur’ that is London.

Arriving early Sunday evening relatively well rested thanks to a smooth flight, I decided to get some dinner and sleep early so that I could get an early start on Monday. Monday was mostly just getting to know the area of Paddington and an excursion down to Oxford street to try and replace my missing Gotcha. After a lot of searching I finally came across a Game Store that had one in stock. With that accomplished, I continued to wander around checking things out.

Big Ben surrounded by scaffold… a common sight unfortunately in London

The next few days were spent on the big bus tour. This as a great way to get around and see the main sights with some great tour guides. The view from the top of the bus is a great way to see the city but the downside is that it gets dam bloody cold up there especially when it starts raining. To be honest, 3 days would have been better to spend on the big bus, 2 days was ok but not quite enough especially with the traffic and construction going on in the city.

You dare to cross this bridge?

Thursday and Friday, I was meant to meet up with a close friend of mine however with the virus in play, her work actually wouldn’t allow it. More of a precautionary thing but still it goes to show just how much effect this virus has had on the world. So, with that in mind I decided to have a rest day, one of a few that I will have during my long journey around Europe. But when you are away for a long time, it is good to have breaks and chances to rest and recuperate, especially to keep my health up, can’t be too cautious. Netflix and food was the name of the game. Even better being in a new region with a different variety of shows to watch.

Not the safest area at night, bring friends!

The final day was a good and rare day in London, clear skies! So a trip out to Shoreditch and a look at the Graffiti art around in area was the call of the day. I ended up spending most of the day out here with a short trip into the city to look at 221 Baker street and the Hamley’s Toy shop. Then it was back to the hotel, pack and prepare for the next day and my journey to Brussels.

Marcus Powell has been living and working in South Korea since 2010. He is now on the road before returning back to NZ. Aside from writing his own blog, he is also a popular Club DJ, Gamer, Community manager, esports fan and anime enthusiast.

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