24 Hours in London
A few years ago I lived just outside of London so visited most weekends (how typical eh, another Australian in London). It is a wonderful city with so much to do, see and eat! So here a few things which I found over the year which I thought I would share with you!
The British Museum: is hands on the best museum I've been to. You could spend days in there and still not discover it all. A lot of the artefacts are from years of stolen goods (just look up the parthenon marbles for instance) but it really is one of the finest collections in the world. My favourite is the Egyptian exhibition which is really impressive with many mummies. The museum is completely free and I would definitely recommend going earlier in the day to beat the crowds, or even spend a little bit of time over a few days so you can do it properly.
The Borough Markets: This is hands down the best spot for quick food and markets in London. Its reasonably priced and its gourmet with vendors from around the world. Quite a regular outing for me was St Paul's Cathedral then walk over the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern (my favourite gallery in London) and then to the Borough Markets for lunch. I also found it great when I was often in London travelling by myself, wanted some real food but definitely didn't want to sit alone in a restaurant!
Hyde Park: Taking a walk through Hyde Park, especially in summer, is really special. Its a great spot for picnics, the lake and flower gardens are beautiful, you'll just have to get used to the brits sun baking in the park (which as an Australian seems really weird but apparently not!).
Natural History Museum: This museum is wonderful and is especially good with kids. The building itself is gorgeous and the dinosaur fossil in the entrance is definitely a highlight. This place gets even more packed than the British Museum, so try to avoid school holidays but if its your only chance, just get there early.
Go see a play: There are some of the big shows on in the West End but my favourite is to see a little Shakespeare at the globe or even better, cross the Thames to the Barbican to see some really quality theatre with some of the big names in smaller intimate theatres. I saw Hamlet and it was honestly the best thing I have ever seen. Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Hamlet was awe inspiring (I basically melted I was so excited). Shakespeare is definitely better on the stage rather than simply reading and I would encourage anyone to see something similar.
Covent Garden: Check out a street performer in Covent Garden. I could spend hours just wandering around and watching acts. Its definitely better when its bustling and also make sure to check out some of the stalls and shops, its quite good around this area and not as hectic as Oxford street.
Of course you also have to check out the regular tourist destinations: Oxford street, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Harrods! I hope you enjoy some of these ideas, there are so many more so if you have any questions, just ask!