11 ways London might surprise you as a first-time visitor

11 ways London might surprise you as a first-time visitor

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Affordable airfare, New Year’s holidays, cosmopolitan atmosphere…Where are? Right, this is London, the capital of England!

And some things that surprised us…


Mind the gap! And the construction works…

The London tube might be a point of interest itself (and a ticket would cost the same as a museum entrance ticket!).

But if you want to be on time, always check for construction works underground. We forgot to and was late with an hour.

Waiting for the tube in London, England


Nace is trapped in the London tube in London, England
Trapped in the tube


The music never stops!

By accident we ran into some orchestra competition right in the center of a big square. Such a nice encounter!

Orchestra performing in London, England
Orchestras in front of the National Gallery




The weather is actually … not so bad

Three days – one of relentless wind, one of dark clouds and few drops of rain, and one of smiling sunshine – we can’t understand why everyone hates the weather in London. And that were those days around New Years’s Eve. So chill out and don’t forget weather is a matter of how you feel inside.

Inside the Harrods, London, England
Even if you are not a shopping maniac, you can hide from the unwelcoming weather in the Harrods.


View of London skyline over Thames river in London, England
View of London skyline over Thames river – simply beautiful!


Open Hop on Hop off buses are for the adventure seekers

Winter London does not go well together with open buses or boat decks! You can thank us later! 🙂

Windy open bus London, England


Windy open bus in London, England

Freezing open deck of a sightseeing boat
Open boats are for the adventure seekers as well!


A good jumpie is a matter of a good photographer

Landmarks like the Big Ben will inspire you for crazy photos. Don’t bother with the results – because not only the background makes a good photo! Same camera, same background, different outcome!

Jumpie in front of Big Ben in London, England

Jumpie in front of Big Ben 2 in London, England


Ask a local for the best beer

Local bartenders will never leave you thirsty for a good beer. The proof of that is the fact that bars are full even at midday!

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First beer in London, England

The famous fish'n'chips in London, England
The local fish’n’chips didn’t live up to the hype…


Ask a local for your late night hunger

Not many options for dining after 11 p.m. but the friendly stuff in the bars will come handy again! They will give you directions to the nearest 24/7 pizza place.

Hamburgers in London, England
Typical London food


Good they have Mexican in London, England
Good they have Mexican in London!


Do it yourself: New Year’s Eve dinner

Party is everywhere in this city! Enjoy a romantic dinner at the kitchen with whatever you find appealing in the grocery store! E.g. wine and cherry tomatoes 🙂

The new years eve dinner in London, England
This is definitely from our pre-vegan era! 🙂


Do it yourself: Meet the new year with crowds of strangers on the Westminster bridge

Say hello to the party crowds and the wild DJs shaking the Thames river together with its bridges!

See for yourself: London Eye

Do you think it is worth the line?

View from London Eye in London, England

A part of the line for London Eye tickets in London, England

London Eye fairytale in London, England


The Greenwich meridian is a nice fresh start

…or a place where you can get frustrated by the price of the souvenirs and their lack of creativity. But when it comes to be split between the Western and Eastern hemispheres there is no better place for that!

the first shop in the world, Greenwich in London, England

Confused between the Eastern and Western hemisphere in London, England
Confused between the Eastern and Western hemisphere


Ship in a bottle, Greenwich, London, England
The only sunny day in the year? We don’t think so!




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8 Responses

  1. Stephania Tapela
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    There is so much coolness in the UK. Locals are positive or at least it looks so with so many convertibles 😀

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      Maybe next time they’ll have one more visitor with a convertible? 😉

  2. noelmorata
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    I’m too wimpy to travel to cold places for winter but it looks less crowded and you have more area to do jumpies!

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      Yes, winter has its benefits and disadvantages, but jumpies need their space no matter the season. 🙂

  3. Jean
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    Oh London is so much fun. Even in winter. Looks like you had a great time.

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      It is, indeed. Hopefully the city will recover quickly from everything and will bring joy to people the way it brought to me!

  4. Maria
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    Can never get enough of London. So good that you had a good time

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