London’s Sights & Delights (Part 1)

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

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.

Fitting in with a couple of pintsDouble-decker bus in front of St Paul's Cathedral

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.

Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral

View from the Millennium Bridge

View from the Millennium Bridge

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?

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

English pub by the River Thames

English pub by the River Thames

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.

London Bridge!

London Bridge!

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.

The Shard

The Shard

Tower Bridge as seen from the Shard

Tower Bridge as seen from the Shard

Nearby on the South Bank is the interestingly shaped City Hall designed by Norman Foster.

City Hall

City Hall

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.

Interior of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Interior of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Delighted diners!

Delighted diners!

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.

Roast scallops Chicken with lettuces Roast Iberico Pork Chop QT with the GT

Rosebud Tea

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).

Tandoori Macchi Aur Kekda Contemporary Kadai Chicken

And we stepped back in time at Gordon’s Wine Bar, London’s oldest wine bar (open since 1890).

Gordon's Wine Bar Traditional Roast, Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding

Meet the friendly locals that were hanging out on the bank of the Thames.

Quack quack!

Quack quack!

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

More snapshots from the city.

Another view of St Paul's Cathedral

Another view of St Paul’s Cathedral

Inside St Paul's Cathedral

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Here a pub, there a pub!

Here a pub, there a pub!

A popular Chinese restaurant

A popular Chinese restaurant

World-famous Four Seasons Roast Duck

World-famous Four Seasons Roast Duck

Red phone-boothThe Tube

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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Comments: 9

  1. Nita, 2 Michelin star restaurants in just a few days – you’ve certainly beaten most of us here & I haven’t been to either one of those yet! Lovely photos! Just really wish we could have had a chance to meet up but hopefully next time :-)

    • Nita Sep 12 at 3:30 am Reply

      Thanks so much Shikha! Haha.. I didn’t waste any time, did I? 😉 We will certainly meet the next time, my foodie friend. I’m sure I will get to try delicious food and desserts with you!! :)

  2. Justine Sep 13 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I love all the different styles of architecture. And that view from the Shard was amazing. I would love to go back and explore London by foot. When I was there it was raining like crazy so I wasn’t able to do too much exploring. Apparently there’s lots left to see!

    • Nita Sep 13 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Killer views from the Shard indeed! We got lucky with the weather this time :) London is so exciting and for sure it deserves a revisit. Hope you make it back there. Thanks for stopping by, Justine! :)

  3. Manasi Kumar Sep 14 at 10:25 pm Reply

    I love that you went to Gordon’s, I love it there! Best red wine and cheese place for miles around! Awesome round up of my newly adopted hometown!

    • Nita Sep 15 at 2:05 am Reply

      Thank you, Manasi! Yeah, I loved the vibes there and they did have great wine and cheese selections. London has a huge variety of cool places, you’re lucky to be there! :)

  4. Katie Featherstone Sep 23 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I’d go back to England just for that roast duck! It’s always interesting to read blogs about your own country- thank-you!

    • Nita Sep 24 at 12:46 am Reply

      Thanks Katie! Glad to hear you find it special too.. Worth crossing oceans for, isn’t it? 😉

  5. Escapist Jan 20 at 7:58 pm Reply

    London looked great, felt great, I crossed that pedestrian bridge too, but too bad: I could not find a single place where they were selling fish and chips.

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