From the second the tickets were booked, we knew it would be ‘mission impossible’. To see London in 1 days, precisely in just under 12 hours. Nevertheless, early in the morning, we jumped on the train to London and just short of 3 hours later stepped on one of the the platforms in King’s Cross. Early December, Christmas season in full swing, the capital city. Ready for some highlights?
St Pancras International
I know that visiting rail stations is not always a typical tourist activity, but St Pancras International Rail Station is just across the street from King’s Cross and if it does not give serious wanderlust, then I don’t know what will. People dashing in different directions, grabbing a cup of coffee before setting off into the unknown, and the time ticking, ticking, ticking…life’s short, travel! Before you jump on that train, I hope you will have time to admire a magnificent Christmas tree!
Covent Garden is one of the most magical places in London. If you’re into good food, shopping (on a big, serious scale or just you’re a flea market person), or you enjoy discovering charming little corners of beautifully decorated shop windows, you definitely must visit this slice of London. Extremely busy during the festive season I must warn you!
I don’t know why but Trafalgar Square feels to me like the very centre of London. Not to diminish the importance of Buckingham Palace or Westminster but somehow busy Trafalgar Square reflects the history, the past, the now and the future of London. And to highlight that fact I always want to climb one of the proud lion statues and then give up in the end! My yellow coat blended in nicely with the turquoise water this time!
Buckingham Palace and Westminster
Confession time. Look away if you are a huge fan of royalty and Buckingham Palace that epitomises everything (ok, almost everything) British then let me just tell you that I am adding this place to my list just because I feel obliged, bot because I like it or I am impressed with it. There, I said. It does nothing for me. To strike a balance I am going to add Westminster and Embankment to counterpart my lack of admiration for the home of the queen. Strolling down the banks of the river Thames is so much better than trying to snap a picture of the palace!
The sun goes down, it gets dark very quickly in December…and then right there, in the middle of the street, a building. It is hard to miss it. Thousands lights. Bright colours. Wild crowds. Yes, I’m talking about Harrods. You can admire the wonderful illuminations from the outside, you step inside. If you like getting lost in the myriads of corridors, get confused by a plethora of products from perfume to suitcases, to mugs and stationery…well, you’re home!