A few years ago I welcomed the chance to spend a night in the English Capital, with the intention of meeting up with a group of friends, travelling from as far as Ljubljana in Slovenia. For me the trip meant a few hours on the train, and I was intent on keeping the costs down. That resulted in me spending 24 hours in London, seeing as much as I could possibly fit in during this short time. To put things into perspective, the whole trip cost less than £100, including food and a night of drinks.
To start things off, my train came in at Euston.
I’d managed to book an extremely cheap room at the Travelodge in Kings Cross, and took the liberty of walking the relatively short distance from Euston station. The room itself was ideal, it meant I was relatively central to everything, and I’d be meeting friends at Kings Cross Station. Certainly served its purpose, and was quite comfortable to boot. No complaints here.
Shortly after I headed out to meet friends, and having grabbed a bite to eat and a few drinks, I called it a night. I won’t go into the gory details, but lets say we spent some times exploring a few London pubs, and had a jolly time at the Christmas Market on the South Bank of the Thames.
This is where things get interesting. I had the whole morning to see as many of the landmarks in London as I could, before finally catching my train home early in the afternoon. So having dragged myself out of the warm and comfy bed, I set out with my camera in hand to take in as much of London as I could with a limited amount of time. I feel like I did a good job, but lets see what I managed to fit in.
To start with, I sought out some of the most iconic parts of London – the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to queue up and get on the ride, and it would’ve pushed my spending for the trip up significantly.
From this picture I moved to cross the bridge, getting up close to Westminster and the famous clock tower. Heading around the ‘back’ of the palace I came to Westminster Abbey. Again, keeping my outside walk up to save time as see as much as possible.
Continuing on, I headed towards Buckingham Palace. It turns out to be a much more enjoyable and picturesque walk than I had imagined, and on a cold winter’s morning, it wasn’t too busy either.
Unfortunately I’d missed the changing of the guard which usually takes place around 11:00am. I did, however, manage to get a photo of this poor chap, who must’ve been freezing considering the temperature outside. At least he has what looks like a warmer uniform!
From Buckingham Palace I left to squeeze in one last stop before I had to make my way back to Euston to catch the train home. I’d already decided where I was going – Trafalgar Square.
You’ll need to excuse the lack of Nelson’s Column in my picture of Trafalgar Square, given the height I couldn’t quite get a shot that I was happy with. Maybe next time.
And there you have it, everything I managed to fit into a few hours that passed extremely quickly.
It’s surprising how close to each other the majority of London’s landmarks are, and once you account for the tube, it’s very easy to get around and see everything.
There’s definitely another trip on the cards, but I’ll need more than 24 hours to see and do everything I want to do. I’ve got a few ideas of things to include in my next trip, but if you’ve got any ideas or inside knowledge of anything I might not be aware of, please do share in the comments.