Since London’s sights and delights were too abundant to contain in just one post, here is the continuation from the first part. I hope you’ve worked up an appetite for more!
The Tower Bridge looks truly splendid as you approach it and walk across. Opened in 1894, the bridge spans 244 meters across River Thames and is a worthy icon of London.
Positioned grandly on the bank of River Thames, this sight and its Gothic architecture barely need any introduction. Frequently featured on London postcards and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the Houses of Parliament.
Oh, that humble Ferris wheel on the South Bank? Yeah, that’s the eye-catching London Eye!
In the center of Trafalgar Square stands Nelson’s Column, with 4 lion sculptures at the base. The National Gallery is situated in this square as well, along with an interesting blue sculpture.
Piccadilly Circus is a busy and lively junction with lots of entertainment, hotels, restaurants and bars.
I think Regent Street is one of the prettiest streets in London. Buildings on both sides of the street curve in such a way that you get a brilliant view of the sky.
Looking at pretty things makes me hungry. Okay, made up theory! Anyways, while we were in this area, we stopped by at Cicchetti, an Italian restaurant which embraces a Venetian custom of serving small portions to enjoy with wine, similar to tapas. Casual, classy and exciting (in true Italian fashion), Cicchetti delighted us with lovely wine and food – Fresh Tuna Tartare, Vitello Tonnato (thinly sliced veal in a creamy tuna and caper sauce) and Lobster pasta in tomato sauce.
Peruvian cuisine has been gaining popularity in London and we got in on the action at the cool and lively Coya. The Sea bass and Salmon Ceviche were to die for and the yellowtail, served raw (similar to sashimi) was utterly delicious.
- In fact, every dish was full of flavor – spicy corn salad, crispy prawns, spicy beef fillet, Chilean Sea Bass with rice; even the broccoli was yum. And don’t get me started on the so-good-it-must-be-illegal popcorn sundae – sweet corn ice-cream and caramel popcorn.
Our meal here was outstanding, and just thinking about it makes me wish I was in London right now!
And it would be wrong, probably against the law to not indulge in the afternoon tea tradition while in London (permission granted to mock another one of my food-justification theories). We practiced this decadent tradition at the the outdoor terrace of the Four Seasons at Park Lane.
Harrods in Knightsbridge is one of the world’s most well-known department stores. We also came across more stunning architecture in the form of an Apple store.
In Soho, we dined at a Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Yauatcha, which is famed for its dim sum. Steamed dumplings arrived at our table and disappeared quicker than we could say Yauatcha! Try it, it’s such a fun word to say.. Yauatcha!!
And when we were missing Thai food, we got a taste of home at Patara.
Watching a football match live is a fantastic experience, and watching it in London at the Wembley stadium is especially electrifying. We caught the friendly game between England and Peru.
London was extra special as I met some Twitter friends in real. Emily-Ann from The Grown Up Gap Year, Ayla from Mrs. Ayla’s Adventures, Kasha from Lines of Escapes and Emily from Innocent Nomad are great travel bloggers and wonderful people, with just the right touch of crazy! 😉
Parting shots.. I couldn’t decide which ones to leave out, so they’re here at our little party.
I hope you have enjoyed these snippets of London. What do you think of this city, and what are your favorite spots, things to do and places to eat?
If you’re planning a trip to London, this sample itinerary might help: