As of the past year I have dreamt about living in London. There’s just something about London that draws me to it; the city feels so full of possibility. Having gone to London earlier this week for a day has made me even more in love with it!
First of all I went to Bauer Media as I was participating in a speed networking day with Heat magazine – my main motive for going to London in the first place.
That was a fun, interesting and a different experience. As I originally arrived to the event early I looked around Shaftesbury Avenue. It’s near Covent Garden and is filled with cafes, vintage shops and a nice little hideaway called Neal’s Yard, which includes multiple organic cafes, a unique hair dressers and restaurants for lovers of other types of food.
Once I had done speed networking with Heat, I met a friend and we went to the Londond aquarium. It was definitely the biggest aquarium I’ve been to yet. and from penguins to alligators, there was a vast variety of sea life creatures.
After a stop at The Five Guys, we headed to Covent Garden (I had always wanted to go here so it was even more exciting). If you’ve never been to Covent Garden let me tell you that the atmosphere is incredible, as it is with most of London. It’s very vibrant and buzzing, with buskers that were practically professionals, fine dining, unique shops all through the arcade and the transport museum, there is a lot to do in a relatively small area.
After watching a performance of a man eating a balloon (a normal day in Covent Garden?) we headed to Leicester Square which was in close walking distance. When we got there, there was only a red carpet event for the new film Ant Man taking place! Obviously not from London, this was so new and exciting, was this just the norm for a Londoner? Leicester Square was beautiful from what I could see behind the red carpet event; with water features and grass in the middle it was tranquil despite all the madness.
We walked through China Town – filled with delicious smells, oriental supermarkets and buffets – we headed to Trafalgar Square and sat below Nelsons Column, on-looking Londoners and tourists. With a 50 meter statue, large marble lions, two massive fountains and the luxurious museums surrounding, it was a nice aesthetic to end my busy day with.
The great thing about this day was, even though a lot of it was just walking through areas of London, the fantastic thing about it – and about London – is that was enough for me and maybe any other tourist. In all the places I went to, there was so much more to do than what I did if I had had the time, energy and money. However, my point is that even without these, I still had a fantastic time. London is the capital city of England, and I can definitely see why it deserves that title.