January 9, 2015

5 Things I love about my favorite city, London

Today the Friday linkup topic is "my favorite city".  Please be sure to visit Mar, Cynthia and Courtney's pages to see their posts on this fun topic!

My first overseas trip happened when I was college age and had a long winter break due to the energy shortage.  My sister was living in London and what better place for me to go. A visit with her and seeing a fabulous foreign city would begin my love affair with London.  After several more trips to England over the course of many years, Tom and I moved to the northeast of England for a job opportunity.  We could not wait to explore more of the country and of course this included many train trips to London for some wonderful sporting events and shows.

There are many great things to see and do in such a big, cosmopolitan city and the historic sights are fantastic.  Here are my top five although I could easily make the list 10 or 20 things to see and do!

Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the pageantry of the British! One of the most fascinating tours we had in London was at the Tower where a beefeater actually gives the tour. Since I took up running a few years ago, my visits back to London have always included a run through Green Park, past Buckingham Palace and into St. James Park. Be sure to pack your running shoes if you plan a trip to London!




London Eye This gigantic ferris wheel is a great way to have some beautiful views of the city.  We have ridden it both at night and during the daytime, but night is definitely our favorite!





West End Theatre  The London theater scene is huge and there are always a vast assortment of plays, musicals, operas and ballets to  If you are fan of the theater, you will be spoiled for choice in this city!

Fish and Chips Okay so this is not a healthy menu choice, but you can't visit London or England for that matter without a trip to the fish and chips shop.  Actually, we usually have our fish 'n chips at a local pub, but there are plenty of restaurants that serve this dish too.

Wimbledon  As huge tennis fans, it was with delight that we attended Wimbledon on more than one occasion while living in England.  A short train ride from central London, you can queue for tickets the morning of the event and if you are there early enough, you might even score tickets on Centre Court and see some of the big stars play such as Andy Murray or Roger Federer.

My niece Erica was excited to see some great matches!
This concludes my list of five things to do, but I would be remiss if I did not include one of the marathon majors in my favorite city so for number 6 on my list......

Run the London Marathon This is on my bucket list and a marathon major in my favorite city would be hard to beat. The race course passes many historic sights and the crowds are loud and supportive!  You finish this race passing the Houses of Parliament, turning towards St. James Park and then approaching The Mall, Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch. What could be better than finishing near the queen's house?   I currently have a "good for age" time which should help me gain entry for the 2016 race. Fingers crossed I get a spot!

What is your favorite city and what is your favorite thing to do there!



22 comments:

  1. What a fun city! I would love to visit one day. The London Marathon would be a perfect race for you!!

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    1. London is awesome Karen and I hope you get a chance to visit!

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  2. Wow! I would LOVE to visit London one day!

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    1. You would love the running there Mindy, and of course all the history too!

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  3. London is HIGH on my list of cities outside the US to visit. So much to love about it. We're going to save oversea trips now until the kids are a little older so they can actually remember it and (hopefully) appreciate it. Wouldn't mind running a race while I'm there though.

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    1. There are some great races in London and some really fun charity races too through the parks!

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  4. I love London! I studied there for a year in college and it was an amazing experience. I loved all the cheap, easily available indian food everywhere. The university cafeteria even had samosas regularly.

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    1. What a fabulous place to study in college. That would have been my choice too. We became huge fans of Indian food while living in England and made a weekly trip to eat a delicious curry in our little market village at the Raj Bari Restaurant!

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  5. London is on my bucket list of places to travel to. Can't wait to finally make it there!

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    1. I can give you lots of tips Kathryn! :)

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  6. I haven't done London...yet! Jake spent some time there two years ago when he was working on his thesis. I was so jealous of his trip and his pictures, even though he spent most of his time looking at primary source documents!

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    1. That is the problem with work trips Lisa. Tom used to see offices and hotel rooms during all the business travel he had to do over the years!

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  7. London is one of my favorite cities. It's so beautiful and there's so much to do. The first time I went was with my mom and sister in 1997 before the everyone had access to the Internet. The teenage/young adult culture was so different than in the US. I don't think I saw a single teenager that wasn't wearing Doc Martens, lol! I loved everything about the city. Such an amazing place.

    I could consider running the London Marathon...but I keep saying never again. What's a girl to do? ;)

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    1. Ohh Jamie...can I tempt you with London 2016? I plan to run that and my coach is probably going to run too. We could use a party girl to liven us up!

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  8. ooooh london marathon - now THAT would be amazing!!

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    1. Right? I really hope to be there in 2016! All the world majors before I turn 65 years young!

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  9. I love London! So much to see and do and love about it! When we visited, we didn't have enough time to do all we wanted, so we're going to have to spend waaaay more time there when we visit again.

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  10. I hope I can get to London one day. The marathon would be amazing to do. I hope you get the chance.

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  11. London is totally on my list of places to visit!

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  12. I adore London. On my first trip there, I went solo. I stayed in the theater district and did touristy things every day and went to a show every night. It was wonderful. I went again a few years later and spent a few days in town and then took a coach tour of Devon and Cornwall. One of these days I'll get back and head North. I'm not sure I'd want to run there. There are just too many other things to see and do that spending the time running and getting ready to do the run might cut into valued exploration time. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time on that.

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  13. I have never been to London but would love to go. My brother in law and sister in law live about 30 minutes away so I definitely have a reason to go, now if we would just do it!

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  14. I've never been to London (only layovers) but would love to visit. Wimbledon is on my bucket list :)

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