Updated: Dec 18, 2020
London was not on my radar, but I found a round trip ticket to London for $40. Of all the cities to see around Europe, London seemed the least exotic. But I couldn't have been more wrong! I was absolutely enchanted by this city.
Firstly, I fell in love with the subway system aka "the tubes." How often do you get to rave about public transportation? London seemed like a cleaner and more efficient New York City. I was able to travel the entirety of the city for $7 euro a day on my Oyster card, which I would recommend if you are in London for a short stint.
Google maps quickly finds your destination and maps your route along the underground trains with minute to minute updates, and the Oyster card also works on the iconic big red buses that buzz around above ground. I stayed in a hostel for my first time, which put my overall expenditure for lodging and transport at $120 USD for the long weekend.
London is filled with lovely colorful neighborhoods, life and culture that I would have never imagined. It was a magical weekend, and London should be at the top of your list for cities to visit! I loved the café scene in London and the shopping is next level. I hit most of the landmarks, and next time I visit I really want to dive into some museums as well as see a famous musical.
My Top 4 Things to See:
72 hours in London is definitely enough time to get comfortable with the public transport, explore a few neighborhoods, and see all the iconic landmarks. These few things were among the most memorable for me.
I met my girlfriend Mallory here for breakfast on Sunday morning. This neighborhood was super charming. The leaves were changing, and the perfect buildings came straight off a Pinterest board. We walked through the Portobello Market that was packed with street vendors that sold things like leather, silver, perfume, and doc martens (which seemed to be everywhere).
Also, the food smelled amazing. There were crepes, coffee, pizza, kebabs, and anything else you might be in the mood for. If you spent some time there, I'm sure you'd find some treasures!