What you’ll expect with your first London travel? Let us, tell you our story… Having friends and college roommates from London and UK in general we were able to get some ideas of what to expect on our London travel. (If you’re reading this you know who you are.😉)
What we didn’t expect for our London travel, and prepared for though was the weather. We went during the last week of May which was the tail end of spring. Our friends never thought to mention the climate during that time because coming from Canada they thought we would be used to the cold weather or as they put it “British Summer”. We came ill prepared and brought only light clothing. So now you’ve been warned! Despite summer weather temperature in the UK it still goes below 15 degrees Celsius.
So pack a jacket or a light sweater just in case you need one for your London travel.
From Heathrow Airport, we took the Express Train on Terminal 5 and transferred to Underground Rail at Paddington taking us to Liverpool Street Station which were a couple of blocks away from our hotel. We booked our accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for our London travel in Shoreditch High street because it was close to the sites we wanted to go to in the city and only steps away from public transportation with amenities close by. Once we checked in at the Hotel the first thing we secured was a Prepaid SIM card with enough cellular data to last us our stay in the UK. In order to get around quickly we needed Google maps which required Data or Internet access. It gave us the Bus Number to ride at which bus stop and at what time. Many who use Google maps know this but in the UK you have a few choices when it comes to public transportation. There are Underground and Overground Transportation that can be confusing for first time London travellers like us. That’s why having access to the web and Google maps while out and about was helpful. There are a few cellular providers in the UK and after doing the research on which had the best prepaid plans with data coverage and that was open during the weekend (which was the time we landed in London) we chose to go with Orange. There are probably more providers now with better or more competitive plans to choose from but we were happy with the coverage that Orange gave us during our stay.
We spent our first night in London just strolling the city and soaking in the views of the city nightlife.
The highlight of the evening for our London travel was seeing the mesmerizing view of the Tower Bridge at night from the London Bridge, as well as the quiet scene at the Leaden Hall and the beauty of Saint Paul’s Cathedral at night from the Millennium Bridge.
My amateur attempt of photographing the moment doesn’t do justice to it’s true beauty.
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