Wednesday, November 27, 2013

London in November 2013 - Admin Travel Experience

Well it has been about almost 20 years since I have personally been to the UK, let alone London.  I tried throughout my time there to recollect any experiences that occurred when I was there at the age of 10.  It did not work as well as I thought.  But when the ticket was booked to get there, the excitement of traveling while already traveling just doubled my spirits.  Staying in Germany has been a great experience and I am still here at the moment. But now after learning some German and building a cubby hole for myself, I realized that going to London was in a way going back home on foreign soil.  First I would be going back to a nation where the main diction is English.  The billboards, the street signs and menus will suddenly switch from Deutsche to my native tongue. I couldn't help but share a moment of going "backwards" in my trip. But then I realized, "Hey I'm still in Europe!"  I am about to go to a place where some of the most exciting futbol (soccer) takes place, where the biggest wedding of the of the millennium happened (Prince William and Princess Kate), a place that still has the red telephone booths, changing of the guards, bangers and mash, London Bridge, tea and the glorious Underground Tube.  I couldn't wait. It was time to go to England.  And when I realized that I also realized that I was going to be a tourist.  And I was happy.  Soooo what next? What should I visit and what is the best place to eat or even sleep at?  As I browsed around on the internet, I came across a few things that seemed like the proper items to put on a to do list for the UK. London for Less was a link I found that I saw included a nifty idea to package watching Musical Plays such as We Will Rock You (which was great and loved the ending of it!). Other theater performances included The Lion King, which is great for families,Les MiserablesPhantom of the Opera for the true theater fan, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, the Book of Mormons (from the creators of South Park) and the most popular play this year for London, WICKED.  What's really cool is that this site offers Gift Vouchers that are available in 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 pound denominations.  So if I meet up with a friend there I can bring someone.  BUUUTT. I needed to travel on a budget. I cannot do all that I want and stay in a fancy hotel for four nights without losing the funds I managed to have during this extended road trip.  So naturally I thought about going to a Hostel. I already spent a few nights at one in Amsterdam and found it to be great if you are around the right people. So that was what I was hoping for.

That is the site I used last time and I ended up finding a room for cheap! It was off of Sutherland Sq by the Victoria Coach Station, which isn't even a mile away from Buckingham Palace! Free breakfast and a clean room made it that much better.  So now I have a place and the means to get there, but now I needed to see what other deals I can find from my affiliates. I stumbled upon this site that I'm sure a lot of travelers have heard about.  Some friends I know that lives in the UK as residents even have it to save on attractions. It is called the London Pass.  I am going to cheat and copy and paste what it actually says on the site because this is what sold me:

London Pass is a sightseeing city card which gives you entry to a choice of over 60 popular tourist attractions in the city.
It’s everything you need for a great sightseeing experience - once you’ve bought a London Pass you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions it covers. Simply show your card at the entrance or ticket office of any attraction included on the London Pass, they will scan it through our special card readers and you will be allowed entry.

Cool right? So I can see everything for one price like London TowersRoyal MewsChelsea Stadium tours, The Queen's GalleryLondon's bike tourThames River Cruise, and much more!  

The London Eye was something that everyone was telling me to see as well but is not included in the London Pass.  I still managed to go and found a student rate that saved me about 3 pounds. And yes I will be posting pictures on's Facebook site which can be found around this blog.  
After checking out all that I possibly can within a four day time frame, I have come to say that this is a very beautiful city with so much history which is also very exhilarating because the history is still physically and intangibly alive!  To see the crown jewels in person is overwhelming.  To listen to the accents and be so close to the soccer teams that I have only seen over the television screen up in person has made me proud that I spent countless hours watching all Premier League games.  Also I checked out Premier League tickets on this site as well. European Sport Tickets.

But I did not catch any games since I was busy with other sightseeing tours.  Thanks for reading and let me know what other things I could have seen! What was your favorite destinations? Now I'm back Germany..

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