London Eye and Thames River

7 Things to Do in London

Spring finally arrived in Syracuse last week. The trees are now in bloom, the sun is shining, and my morning walk to work is a little less chilly.

Although it felt like winter would never leave us, I got my first taste of spring in London at the beginning of April. Temperatures reached 70 degrees, and the blue skies were barely recognizable. Despite one day of overcast and rainy conditions, the weather permitted us to go all over London.

We traveled both on foot and by tube throughout the city, and these are a few highlights I’d recommend to anyone planning a trip to England in the near future. If you go, add these 7 things to do in London to your bucket list.

  1. Head to London’s Chinatown for bubblewrap ice cream 

London’s Chinatown was only a 20 minute walk from our flat in Fitzrovia, and it’s worth the trip simply to see the paper lanterns. While you’re there, head to Bubblewrap London for ice cream. The line will likely be out the door, so it will be easy to find.

2. Ride the London Eye

The massive ferris wheel situated on the Thames River known as the London Eye is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations. Although the crowds can be unappealing, the views atop the ferris wheel are worth the price and the wait. Standard tickets are around £23, but you can also purchase Fast Track tickets and additional attractions nearby.

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Eating in London: 6 Places to Check Out

After three years apart, I finally traveled back to Europe for a two-week multi-country vacation. I’m still experiencing the post-vacation blues and figured the best way to cope was to share everything I ate, drank, and saw in each of the countries.

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to experience the local cuisine. London’s food options didn’t disappoint, so I thought it best to kick off my vacation recap with details of what I indulged in. Enjoy!

1. The Green Man – Fitzrovia

After 10 hours of travel, this was a chain pub that was a convenient 5-minute walk from our flat. Although I prefer to avoid chain restaurants when traveling, the fish & chips I ordered was just what I needed after a long flight.

Tip: Food and drink must be ordered at the bar.

Food (top): Chicken and Smoked Bacon Club
Price: £7.75 (~$9.50)

Food (bottom): Fish & Chips (ale-battered cod with triple-cooked chips)
Price £12.25 (~$15)

fish and chips with tartar sauce and paired with beer
London knows how to do a proper fish fry.

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