London is one of the world’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. A fascinating metropolis, London is blessed with stunning architecture, a rich history, huge diversity and an exciting food scene.
There’s plenty to see, do, eat and drink; it’s impossible to get bored.
I visited London a few months back and had a great time walking around and admiring this photogenic city. In this post are few captures of the beautiful landmarks and architecture along with some memorable meals as I wandered, ate and drank my way through the city.
Londoners love to walk, and almost everywhere is walking distance (according to them.. Phew!). But it is true, walking is actually the most fun way to discover and explore a place.
And when you get tired, you can keep stopping at the next pub. Perfect excuse. Plus, downing a few pints of beer is essential to fit in. Being the good traveler that I am, I naturally and gladly complied.
With a dome that dominates the city’ skyline, St Paul’s Cathedral is an unmissable sight. It has undergone several reconstructions, but the original church dedicated to St Paul was built on this site over 1,400 years back. Right outside is the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian footbridge crossing River Thames that provides a wonderful vista of the city as well.
Now, what kind of a person would I be if I didn’t have fish and chips in the place where I’m supposed to have fish and chips?
From the pub I could see the subject of one of my favorite nursery rhymes when I was a child. As I looked at it, I just had to hum – London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady. Yep, couldn’t help it – apparently I’m still a child.
The tallest building in the European Union (around 300 meters high) with its exterior covered in glass panes, the Shard is one mighty striking skyscraper. It houses offices, restaurants, bars, the Shangri-La hotel, and an observation deck. And as expected, the views were pretty wicked.
Nearby on the South Bank is the interestingly shaped City Hall designed by Norman Foster.
We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. With amazing views of Hyde Park, they have been delighting diners with innovative British cuisine since 2011, and recently ranked 5th on the prestigious list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The roast scallops, cooked to perfection, were topped with cucumber ketchup, purple broccoli and garnished with borage (blue flowers also known as starflower). Chicken cooked with lettuces and Roast Iberico Pork Chop were delicious too! We opted for the fragrant Rosebuds tea to end the meal.
At another Michelin-starred restaurant, Benares, we tried contemporary Indian food – Tandoori Macchi Aur Kekda (Baked Organic Salmon with spiced Vermicelli, Scottish Crab Croquette in Coconut and Curry Leaf Sauce) and Kadai Chicken ‘Classic and Contemporary’ (Organic chicken cooked two ways, as a curry and as a fillet with English peppers, tomatoes and chilli oil).
And we stepped back in time at Gordon’s Wine Bar, London’s oldest wine bar (open since 1890).
Meet the friendly locals that were hanging out on the bank of the Thames.
More snapshots from the city.
There are still many pictures I want to share with you and could not fit them all in one post, so mind the gap and keep an eye out for the next station..
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