London is calling!

The ultimate guide of England’s capital

Have you always dreamt of sipping tea with the Queen or helping Sherlock Holmes in his investigations? If that is the case London is the city for you. Samuel Johnson wrote: “you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” I strongly agree with this sentence because in London there’s always something new ready to surprise you. London is the city of multiculturalism, diversity and modernity where everything is possible and you’ll never feel out of place.

An entire life wouldn’t be enough to visit all London and since you’ll probably spend 4 or 7 days in this big capital these are some of the most iconic places you shouldn’t miss while you’re there.

1. Big Ben: formerly known as the Clock Tower and then renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 this icon is 106 metres tall and dates back 1859. Since now it’s being renovated and will be completed in 2021 you can admire the Little Ben in Victoria, a 6 metres high metal replica of the Elizabeth Tower.

2. Tower Bridge: this victorian style bridge was completed in 1894 and opens and closes approximately 3 times per day. It takes approximately 1 minute to open and 1 minute to close plus the time it takes a vessel to pass through. You can use it to get across the Thames which is free or you can go inside the structure and join the Tower Bridge Exhibition which will show you the history and the mechanics behind it.

Opening hours:
April – September 10 am – 6 pm
October – March 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Price:
Adult£ 9.80
Child (aged 5-15) £ 4.20
Students and seniors £ 6.80
Under 5 Free

3. Tower of London: this historic castle was founded towards the end of 1066 and was a frightening place since it was used as a prison to hold those people who plotted against the monarch. From the reign of Charles II the Crown Jewels of England and the armour’s collection, symbols of wealthy and royal power, are exhibited in the Tower of London.

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 9 am – 5.30pm
Sunday-Monday 10am – 5.30pm
Online price:
(The Crown Jewels, all public areas of the Tower of London
and the iconic Yeoman Warder tours)
Adult 
(age 18-64)
£ 24.70
Concession
(age 65+ or 16-17, full-time student, disabled visitor)

£ 19.30
Child age 5-15  £ 11.70
Under 5Free

4. The British Library: this is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain more than 170–200 million items from many countries. Its Online Gallery gives access to 30,000 images from various medieval books such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks.

5. Buckingham palace: this palace was bought by George III in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte. Now it’s the centerpiece of the UK’s constitutional monarchy serving as the venue for many royal events and ceremonies from entertaining foreign Head of States to celebrating achievement at Investitures and receptions. The balcony of Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous in the world. The first recorded Royal balcony appearance took place in 1851, when Queen Victoria stepped onto it during celebrations for the opening of the Great Exhibition.

Who lives at Buckingham palace?

The palace is the residence of the Queen and Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh but also the London residence of the Duke of York (Prince Andrew) and the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and his wife) and their daughter.

What does the flag outside mean?

When the Queen is at home, you can see her royal flag flying from the flagpole on top of Buckingham Palace. This flag is called the Royal Standard. The flag is split into four quadrants. The first and fourth quadrants represent England and contain three gold lions walking (passant) on a red field; the second quadrant represents Scotland and contains a red lion standing on the left hind foot (rampant) on a gold field; the third quadrant represents Ireland and contains the gold Coat of arms of Ireland on a blue field. In flag protocol, the Royal Standard is supreme. It must only be flown from buildings where the Queen is present. It flies above the British Union Flag (Union Jack), Standards of other Royal Family members, and other British flags. It never flies at half staff.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard is one of the oldest and most recognizable ceremonies connected with Buckingham Palace. The correct name of the ceremony is actually Guard Mounting. In this process a New Guard exchanges duty with the Old Guard and both Guards are drawn from one of the regiments of Foot Guards. Changing the Guard begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:00 sharp following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James’s Palace and the New Guard led by a Regimental Band from Wellington Barracks. The Changing of the Guard ceremony lasts for approximately 45 minutes.

Buckingham palace is opened every year between April and September since.

Opening hours:
20 July – 31 August9.30 am- 7.30 pm
1 September – 29 September 9.30 am- 6.30 pm
Price: The State Rooms Royal Day Out*
Adult£ 25.00 £ 45.00
Over 60 / Student £ 22.80 £ 40.00
Under 17 / Disabled £ 14.00 £ 24.50
Under 5Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £ 64.00 £ 114.50

* Royal Day Out includes the admission to the State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery.

6. Houses of parliament: this building also known as the Palace of Westminster is the London building that houses the two chambers of the Parliament of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.  The original purpose of the palace was that of a royal residence, but no monarch has lived there since the sixteenth century. Most of the present structure dates back to the nineteenth century, when the palace was rebuilt after being, with the exception of Westminster Hall, destroyed by fire in 1834.

How is the UK parliament made up?

The House of Lords is located on the south side of the Palace of Westminster. Unlike the elected House of Commons, members of the House of Lords are appointed. The membership of the House of Lords is drawn from the peerage and is made up of Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal. The Lords Spiritual are 26 bishops in the established Church of England. Of the Lords Temporal, the majority are life peers who are appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister, or on the advice of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. However, they also include some hereditary peers including four dukes. The right to membership has been restricted to 92 hereditary peers. Since 2008, only one of them is female; most hereditary peerages can be inherited only by men.

The House of Commons is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. The UK public elects 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and propose new laws, and can scrutinise government policies by asking ministers questions about current issues either in the Commons Chamber or in Committees. The House of Commons is the main House of the British Parliament in terms of legislative power. The life of a Parliament is five years.
According to an ancient tradition, MPs are elected by universal suffrage under a system of relative majority, in one round of voting. This means that the candidate with the most votes in an election is elected, whether or not he or she has an absolute majority of votes. This system favors the major political parties, and stable governments – at the expense of smaller parties.
Elected Members of Parliament do not have a deputy, so in the event of the death, resignation or removal of an MP, a “by-election” must be called in order to elect a new MP.

7. Shakespeare’s Globe: this theatre is an extraordinary reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays. As this is a working theatre you can not access to the Globe Theatre without a guide.

Price:
Standard £17.00
Child (5 – 15 years) £10.00
Senior (60 years and over)  £15.50
Students (16 yrs + with ID)  £13.50
Family £46.00

8. Piccadilly circus: if you want to pretend to be in Times Square you absolutely have to go to Piccadilly Circus. Known for the neon lights and the digital advertisements displayed on its buildings this road junction marks the beginning of the major shopping and entrainement areas with nightclub, theatres and pubs.

9. Harrods: The most famous department store of London dates back to 1849, when Henry Charles Harrod decided to open a little grocer’s shop. At the beginning it had only two employees that sold fruit, vegetables, perfume, and medicine. Now it has become one of the largest department stores in the world with seven floors, 330 departments and 28 restaurants in-store. You can find the best of luxury merchandise, from high-end fashion and accessories to the finest homewares and the latest technology.

Opening hours:
Monday- Saturday 10 am- 9pm
Sunday 11.30 am – 6pm

10. Trafalgar square: Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar. In the middle of the square you can find a majestic column and statue to honour Admiral Nelson, after his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

11. Royal Albert Hall: this huge concert hall was inspired by roman amphitheaters. It was originally supposed to have been called the Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but then Queen Victoria decided to change the name in memory of her husband, Prince Albert, who had died six years earlier. Since the hall’s opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world’s leading artists have appeared on its stage. This concert hall is used for some of the most notable events in British culture, in particular the Proms concerts but also sports, awards ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and banquets. For other information visit: https://www.royalalberthall.com/

Opening hours:
April- October 9.30 am – 4.30pm
November- March 10 am – 4pm
Price:
Adult £13.75
Concessions £11.75
Child (aged 5-16) £6.75

12. Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel: if you like Banksy’s works you’ll probably be interested in this street art scene. The Leake Street Arches lie underneath Waterloo station and links South Bank with Lower Marsh. Leake Street started to become famous in May 2008 when renowned street artist Banksy hosted the Cans Festival there.

Since London is a very big city I suggest you an incredible and different way to see some of London’s most famous landmarks. You can climb up some buildings or churches and enjoy a breathtaking view.

1. London eye: if you want to enjoy a breathtaking view of London and be a typical tourist you can pay a ticket for the London Eye, an observation wheel 135 metres high and climb above the city and look back down on it. The London eye, originally intended as a temporary attraction, was created to celebrate the new millenium. In a 30-minute tour you can see London’s most famous landmarks and up to 40km out of the city to Windsor Castle. The London Eye doesn’t keep regular opening hours so just to be sure it would be open when you’re in London have a look to the full calendar at this page: https://www.londoneye.com/ .  

Opening hours:
The second half of May – December 10am – 8.30pm
January – May 11am – 6pm
Price for a standard ticket:OnlineOn the day
Adult
(over 16s)
£23.45 £26
Children 3 and older £18.95 £21
Under 3 (a ticket must still be booked)Free

If you’re interested in other top attractions in London you can combine your London Eye ticket with other attractions like London Eye River Cruise, Madame Tussauds London and SEA LIFE.

2. The Shard: London’s highest and best view is situated at the top of The Shard,  designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. At more than 300 metres tall, The Shard is nearly twice as high as any other building in the city. Each floor of The Shard is used for a particular purpose. The majority of the building is used for accommodation and for offices. When you buy The Shard tickets in advance, it gets you a 20% discount. This is why I suggest you to buy the ticket online at this website: https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/book-tickets/

Price:
Adults £25
Children (ages 4 to 15) £20
Children (less than 4) Free
Opening Hours:
April – October10 am – 10pm
November- March
From Sunday to Wednesday
10 am- 10pm
10 am – 7pm

3. The Sky Garden: this famous enlarged glass dome is dedicated to three storeys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and London’s most exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open air terrace. Sky Garden also houses restaurants Darwin Brasserie, Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill and Sky Pod Bar.

You can enter the Sky Garden for free, but you have to book the ticket.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays 11am – 9pm
London is an intellectual and artistic city which provides a great variety of museums. The most interesting thing is that for most of them you don’t have to pay so you can increase your knowledge in different branches for free. You just have to choose the best one!

1. Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum is a world-leading visitor attraction and science research centre. It is the most visited natural history museum in Europe, welcoming more than five million visitors each year. The Museum has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions which includes its world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There is also an exciting after-hours events programme featuring early morning yoga, silent discos and dinosaur sleepovers.

Opening hours:
Every day 10 am – 5.50pm
Price:
Free

2. British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. There you can enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.

Opening hours:
Every day
Fridays
10 am – 5.30pm
until 8.30pm
Price:
Free

3. Victoria and Albert Museum: The world’s largest museum of art and design offers more than 2.1 million objects from 2000 years of art history to its visitors. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Opening hours:
Every day
Fridays
10am – 5.45pm
10am – 10pm
Price:
Free

4. Tate Britain: Tate Britain is the place to go if you want to feast your eyes on hundreds of years of British art, from the 1500s to the present day. Founded in 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art, it became the Tate Gallery in 1932 when it was renamed after founder Sir Henry Tate. In 2000 its sister site Tate Modern opened across the river, and it was renamed Tate Britain. There’s an entire gallery dedicated to the breathtaking works of JMW Turner and a room full of watercolours by William Blake.

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Price:
Free

5. Tate Modern: This museum was opened in 2000 to house Tate Gallery’s growing collection of modern art. Whereas Tate Britain has a clear emphasis on British art, the featured collections of contemporary and modern art at Tate Modern have been created by artists from all over the world. The art on display at Tate Modern is generally organized by theme instead of chronologically, which makes finding the type of art you like most fairly easy. And even though Tate Britain contains a greater amount of famous works of art than Tate Modern does, there are still several pieces to see here by names you’re sure to recognize like Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso.

Opening hours:
Sunday -Thursday 10am – 18pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 22pm

6. Science Museum: The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. The interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. You can also experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in 3D and 4D simulators.

Opening hours:
Every day: 10am–18pm
Price:
Free

7. National Gallery: With more than 2000 paintings of different art epochs from the 13th century up to the early 20th century this museum is one of the most famous art museum for classical painting. The art museum is divided into 4 areas and each of them is dedicated to certain centuries. Its famous collection includes works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. If you want to have more information visit this website: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Opening hours:
Every day:
Fridays
10am – 6pm
until 9pm
Price:
Free
The Toilet of Venus, Velázquez

8. Museum of London: This museum documents the history of the UK’s capital city from prehistoric to modern times and is part of the Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 1970s to redevelop a bomb-damaged area of the City.

Opening hours:
Every day: 10am – 6pm 
Price:
Free
Everybody have this idea that in London most of the time it’s raining but I have to debunk this myth. Whether you want to eat a sandwich or play soccer with friends, parks are always a good idea. These are my favourite green spaces in London:

1.Regent’s park: if you want to feel like a Londoner I suggest you this park. Named after Prince Regent, sometimes known as the playboy prince, this park is a beautiful place where to spend your afternoon. Here you can hire a rowing boat (it’s not easy as it might seem!), in the summer you can sit in a deckchair and sunbathe or simply visit the open Theatre or the London zoo. I also suggest you to take a stroll up Primrose Hill for excellent views of the London skyline.

Opening hours:
November-December 5am – 4.30pm
January 5am – 5pm
February5am – 6pm
March 5am – 8pm
April -August 5am – 9pm
September- October 5am – 5.30pm

2. Hyde park: More touristic but that doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful Hyde Park has a long history as a site of protest, and still hosts rallies and marches today. Visit Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday morning to hear people from all walks of life share their views. Speakers’ Corner is a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800’s when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park. Speakers’ Corner is located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to often use the area to demonstrate free speech.

Another thing you can see in Hyde Park is the Rose Garden, located in the south east corner of Hyde Park, near Hyde Park Corner. The rose planting is mixed with herbaceous planting, creating rich seasonal flower beds and strong scents. The spectacular seasonal bedding is a hugely popular feature; the gardens attract high numbers of tourists particularly in the summer months and are still popular throughout the year with local residents and office workers as a quiet contemplative place.

Strolling through Hyde Park you can’t miss Memorial to Diana. This unique memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th July 2004. The fountain was built with the best materials, talent and technology. It contains 545 pieces of Cornish granite – each shaped by the latest computer-controlled machinery and pieced together using traditional skills. The design aims to reflect Diana’s life, water flows from the highest point in two directions as it cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. The Memorial also symbolises Diana’s quality and openness. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain.

Since this park covers an area of 350 acres and there are a lot of things to see I suggest you to rent a bike and visit it in an alternative way.

Opening hours:
Every day: 5am – 12pm

3. St James’s park: St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall. The park’s famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace are a familiar backdrop to pageants including Trooping the Colour, as well as state visits and other ceremonial occasions. Here you can enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St James’s Café, watch the resident pelicans at feeding time, or while away a sunny afternoon in a deckchair.

Opening hours:
Every day: 5 am – 12 pm

4. Greenwich park: Overlooking the River Thames and home to one of London’s most iconic views, Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times. The park’s 183 acres has something for everyone. Here you can visit the Prime Meridian, the reference point for the rest of the world, and The Royal Observatory. If you prefer you can follow the footsteps of England’s kings and queens with a walk through Greenwich’s ancient trees and visit the tranquil flower, herb and orchard gardens and then stop for tea at the Pavilion Café.

Opening hours:
Every day: 6 am – 7 pm (9 pm during summer)

5. Richmond park: this huge park is far from central London but if you have time it would be a wonderful idea to go there. The park is a top UK site for ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers. Here you can discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens, refuel at Pembroke Lodge tea rooms and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound. Richmond Park has protected status as an important habitat for wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It’s deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1637.

Opening hours:
November- January 7 am – 4pm
February 7 am – 5pm
March 7am – 6pm
April -May 7am- 8pm
June – August 7am – 9pm
September 7am- 7pm
October 7am – 6pm

London’s streets are filled with religious buildings: churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras and others. It is worthwhile to spend some time to visit London’s religious sites just to have an idea of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this city and to be impressed by its architecture.   

1. St Paul cathedral: Rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the great Fire of 1666, St. Paul’s has been the site of many historic state occasions; including Sir Winston Churchill’s state funeral and the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. St Paul’s also welcomes visitors with access to five levels of the Cathedral including the Whispering Gallery with its unique acoustics and the Stone and Golden Galleries atop the Dome offering breathtaking panoramic views over London.

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 8.30 am – 4.30pm
On Sunday the Cathedral is open for worship only

If you buy in advance online you can save up to £3 per person and gain fast-track entry. To buy online go to this website: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/tickets

Price: At the Cathedral Online
Adults
(over 18 years old)
£ 20£ 17
Concessions
(students* and senior: over 60 years old)
£ 17.50£ 15
Children
(age 6-17 years)
£ 8.50£ 7.20
Family Ticket
(2 Adults + 2 or 3 Children)
£ 48.50 £ 41.20
Family Ticket
(1 Adult + 2 or 3 Children)
£ 29 £ 34

* Any student with a photo ID issued by their place of study can use the concession ticket. Please bring ID with you. It should be easily readable by Cathedral staff and not have expired. ISIC full-time student cards are also acceptable.

2. Westminster Abbey: It was initially built by Henry III in 1245 and it is one of the most important Gothic buildings of England. It contains a treasury full of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, books and various other artefacts plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the UK. Every monarch since William the Conqueror, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII who were never crowned, has been crowned in the Abbey. The first documented coronation here was that of William the Conqueror in 1066 while the most recent was that of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953. In all, 16 royal weddings have taken place in the Abbey and the tradition goes back nine hundred years – to Henry I who married Princess Matilda of Scotland in 1100. Here the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in April 2011 and their wedding has been seen by more than a billion people worldwide who were tuned in to watch live coverage or news highlights of the wedding.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday Lates 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday (May to August)
Saturday (September to April)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday Open for services
Price: At the Abbey Online
Adults £ 23£ 21
Concessions
(students and adults aged over 60)
£ 20£ 18
Children
(age 6 – 16)
£ 10£ 9
Children under 5Free

This is the website to buy ticket online: https://tickets.westminster-abbey.org/wa.ticketing/Home/Index

3. Westminster Cathedral: This cathedral, which has to be distinguished from Westminster Abbey, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain. The site on which the cathedral stands originally belonged to the Benedictine monks who founded Westminster Abbey. The property was acquired by the Catholic Church in 1884.The foundation stone of Westminster Cathedral was laid in 1895; the majority of the building was completed by 1903. The cathedral was designed in an Early Christian Byzantine style by Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. The interior of the cathedral remains incomplete, but this is not obvious to the untrained eye. Eight marble columns support a huge canopy over the high altar, while Byzantine mosaics cover the chapels and the vaulting of the sanctuary. The friezes of the fourteen Stations of the Cross, by the sculptor Eric Gill, are world-renowned. An elevator to the top of the 82m bell tower rewards visitors with sweeping views that take in Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

You can attend service throughout the day every day of the year at Westminster Cathedral. Masses are open to the public and you do not need a ticket to enter the church for the service. 

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday – Sunday 7.30am – 8pm

4. London Central Mosque: The London Central Mosque (also known as the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) or Regent’s Park Mosque) is a mosque located near Regent’s Park. It was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, completed in 1977, and has a prominent golden dome. The main hall can accommodate over 5,000 worshippers, with women praying on a balcony overlooking the hall. The mosque holds a chandelier and a vast carpet, with very little furniture. The inside of the dome is decorated with broken shapes in the Islamic tradition. There is also a small bookshop and halal café on the premises. The mosque is joined to the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) which was officially opened by King George VI in 1944. The land was donated by George VI to the Muslim community of Britain in return for the donation of land in Cairo by King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan on which to build an Anglican cathedral.

Markets play a central role in London’s everyday life. London offers an eclectic, colourful and interesting range of markets where you can find everything from flowers to souvenirs.  

1.Borough market: Borough Market is a riot of colours, smells and human engagement. The traders are only too happy to share their expertise with shoppers, or else just pass the time of day. It is open from Monday to Saturday and closed on public holidays. On Monday and Tuesday, not all of the traders are present, but there is still plenty of choice. The full market is in operation Wednesday to Saturday.

2. Camden market: The Camden markets consist of six distinct markets in and around Camden Town, which are located near Camden Lock. The shops and stalls spread out at the left and right side along the two streets, Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road. If you start your market visit at the Camden Town station you will encounter the various main areas in the following order:

1. The Buck Street Market is located at the corner of Buck Street and Camden High street, not far from the underground station. About 200 stalls line up along narrow corridors at this outdoor market. There are mainly simple textiles such as T-Shirts, jeans, caps, costume jewelry and other cheap mass products.

2. The Camden Lock Market can be found at the end of the Camden high street, just after the bridge over Regent’s Canal. This market area is regularly used since 1975 and is therefore the origin of the Camden Markets. At this place you will find many stalls with high-quality craft items located in and around a building with 3 floors. Particularly noteworthy is also the wide range of food stalls with fragrant dishes from all over the world.

3. The Stables Market is located along the Chalk Farm Road in an area where in early times there have been stables. The stalls and shops are usually covered and are located mainly in these stables or in the arches under a railway viaduct. At approx. 700 shops and stalls you can find among others alternative fashion, vintage clothing, furniture, antiques and Second-Hand items.

3. Portobello Road Market: The Portobello Road Market, a six-day street market in Notting Hill, is one of the most famous street markets in the world. The narrow Portobello Road stretches over two miles and is lined with well-established independent boutiques. Then you can experience a mile of hustle, haggle, colour and energy. The feature of Saturdays is the opening of hundreds of antique and specialist shops and stalls. There are some talented and bizarre street performers to be spotted too. Portobello Road Market was the backdrop for the movie “Notting Hill” and walking through Portobello Road if you turn right to Blenheim Crescent you can enter the Travel Bookshop which inspired this movie with Hugh Grant as main character.

Opening hours:
Monday – Wednesday 9am- 6pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm
Friday – Saturday 9am – 7 pm
Sunday all day

4. Greenwich market: Greenwich Market is open seven days a week and is one of London’s best markets for arts and crafts, unique gifts, antiques, and collectibles, n but also for food.

Introduction

Hi everybody!

This post is just to introduce myself and what this blog will be about. I’m 20 years old and I live in a little town in Northern Italy. When I was little I used to spend the holidays with my family in foreign places. While listening to my dad’s music and my mum who was complaining about stupid things with my dad I was staring at the window wondering where my next journey would have been. Now even though I’m not a child anymore, I continue to stare at the window dreaming about my future journeys.

At this point you should know the topic of this blog: travel. I’ve always wanted to  write about my journeys but now I eventually decide to do it. For me the secret point of travel is to take a plunge, to go inwardly as well as outwardly to places you would never go otherwise, to venture into uncertainty, diversity and even fear. I will say especially fear because it is how you deal with difficult situations that shows who you really are. Travel makes you feel alive and aware of the world you live in. It doesn’t matter where you go, how you arrive there or who your travel companion is, but when you come back home you will never be the same. After a journey I always feel more confident, open minded and I gain a strong sense of myself. I strongly believe that all the places I visited, the adventures I undertook and the people I met will be lodged in my memory and in my heart forever creating my identity. This is why I decided to start this blog: to share my experiences and advises and also to receive other people’s opinions and suggestions. 

Let’s go!

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