LONDON TOUR GUIDE AND SPECIAL INSIDER TIPS

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London is one of the most amazing metropoles in this world. Each year around 17 Billion people are coming to visit and explore the city. In August 2016, I was one of them.
I have figured out a three day tour guide through the city including some very special inside tips first hand by locals that you will not find in any other tour guide. Enjoy, globetrotters!


TOUR 1:
Start off at London Bridge by walking down Southbank directed to Waterloo Bridge. You will pass one of the oldest food markets in London called „Borough Market“. Very traditional and also very exotic food is offered at this place. Try it out!
INSIDER TIP: Go have traditional English Breakfast at a restaurant called „The Breakfast Club“ (11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ) right next to the market.
Along riverside one can explore the magical view to all the great buildings situated on the opposite side of the Themse, such as „St. Paul’s Cathedral“ or „Sky Garden“. A lot of great musicians and poets place themselves along the waterfront, who will make your stroll very enjoyable.
Passing Waterloo Bridge you will reach Covent Garden, a mixture of many restaurants, traditional bars, shops and a tiny market. It is a great area to explore the very English kind of London with its tiny streets and old brick stone houses and have a cold afternoon glass of beer standing beside many locals who enjoy their evenings there.

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Going up north, you will reach the British Museum. Entrance is free and they offer various exhibitions. If you are not that much into museums, like myself, go there to view the beautiful building and entrance hall. It is flushed by amazing light through the glass ceiling!

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Walking back south, you should stop by a place called „Beludu’s“. We enjoyed Fish & Chips there. It was amazing and the restaurant was packed with locals, which is always a good sign.
If you are still up for some shopping, go to Oxford street, the longest shopping street in London, which offers almost any mainstream brand. However, many tourists are causing long lines as well as a great mess in these stores. If you prefer a calm shopping stroll you should go to smaller shopping areas, such as the one of Covent Garden.
Continue your tour by strolling through Soho. You will find amazing food here, as well. People and especially locals are very open minded in this area and it is easy to start some interesting conversations with other people.
Finish your tour by walking back east along Northbank and enjoy the beautiful view onto the city during the sunset.

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INSIDER TIP: During spring and summer season, Shakespeare’s Globe (Southwalk) offers different kinds of modernized Shakespeare plays in its open air theater. Tickets for the yard (standing) are only 5 Pounds and the shows are amazing!


TOUR 2:
Start your day at London Eye and take a 30 min view from one of the highest observation wheels in Europe. However, if you want to avoid all the tourists and long lines, I will give you another insider tip for an amazing view over London later on.

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Passing Westminster Bridge you will reach Big Ben and right behind that Westmister Abbey.
INSIDER TIPP: Go there on a Sunday, when Westmister is closed to public sightseeing and take part in one of their Sunday services instead. An amazing experience for all Christians!

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Continue walking north west and you will reach Buckingham Palace. From there, you can enjoy a stroll in Green Park or Hyde Park on your way to Harrods, a must see for all the fashionistas in this world! Every high fashion brand is represented in this mall and you might even spot a celebrity between Balmain and Givenchy from time to time.

After that, walk along Picadilly Street to see the amazing Picadilly Circus, which very much reminded me of NY Times Square. You will find many souvenir shops and lots of theaters.

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From there, you can easily reach Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, where lots of artists show their talent. Those places are perfect for an afternoon rest. The National Gallery situated right on top of Trafalgar Square also offers free art from various epochs.
Finish your tour in China town, a 5 min walk from there and enjoy the Chinese culture in the middle of England. After that, walk along White Hall, an amazingly traditional administrative district with lots of splendor and luxury!

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INSIDER TIP: Go have Pizza and Wine at Franco Manca, one of the best Italian restaurants in London. Menu No. 4 was super delicious by the way!


TOUR 3:
My most favorite tour starts with a bus ride from London Bridge to Commercial Street. Located in Tower Hamlets, one can find the most amazing tiny street called „Brick Lane“. This street is full of vintage shops and as its name supposes, brick houses. Many markets are located around this area, which makes it perfect for souvenir as well as jewelry shopping. „Old Spitalfields Market“ was my absolute favorite one and I bought some cute gold rings there! This area is full of vintage and extraordinary art vibes. Therefor, it is also called the hipster district.

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Take the bus back to the Tower of London, where you can view the crown jewels. Take a 1 hr free tour, which is included in the ticket price.
After that, you can walk straight to Tower Bridge situated right behind the Tower area. Walking across this bridge at night time is amazing due to the light effects hitting the bridge.

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When you reach Southbank again, take a few minutes and sit down on the grass! The night view is amazingly inspiring!

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INSIDER TIP: If you want to have an amazing overview over the skyline of London, go to Sky Garden or The Shard Bar at night time for some drinks and enjoy the view for free without any waiting lines. I had the most amazing Saturday night at Sky Garden with great cocktails, an even greater DJ who played the newest tracks for all the party people dancing on top of London’s skyline and the greatest view ever!

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