St Christopher’s Inn [ two nights ] and Gallery Hyde Park [ two nights ], both affordable hostels but located in separate neighborhoods. Our experience was so wonderful at St Christopher’s Inn that we stayed at the chain-hostel again in Berlin and Barcelona.
For Gallery Hyde Park, I’d recommend checking out the reviews online. While the staff were extremely friendly, the actual hostel [ room, bed and cleanliness ] didn’t meet my personal expectations. We could have caught them on a bad week — read the reviews!
The Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is an inexpensive and efficient way to see all of the major sites [ Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral, etc. ]. Do it on the first day of your trip to get your bearings of the city. If you enjoy learning the history of areas and sites, the audio guide you listen to on the bus is fantastic!
If nothing else, the buses are a great form of transportation around the HUGE city.
Don’t miss it
An afternoon in the Camden neighborhood. Catch a late lunch or early dinner at one of the many fantastic restaurants. Then, pick up a bottle of wine and watch the sun set over London on Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park.
Wish I had more time for
A day trip to Stonehenge and Brighton Beach.
Must try food/drink
English tea mid-afternoon. And fish and chips, of course!
Here’s a hint
As expected, London was overwhelmingly crowded in July. I’d recommend visiting in the off season, if possible. There are also a ton of renowned museums. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy them (and the Natural History Museum is fantastic!).
Purchased a round trip train ticket to Bath, England.
Visited London before? Share your recommendations and tips in the comments below.
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