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!|
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!