Having been to London more than 7 times, our Travel Expert Neena knows a thing or two when it comes to visiting London. She shares some of her favourite things about this city, along with her top tips on what to see and experience when you are there.
1. How many times have you visited London?
I have been to London more than 7 times for varying amounts of times from 2 days up to 2 weeks.
2. What makes you an expert in London?
Having been to London many times over the past 20 years, each time I’ve discovered something new. I have taken the tube, buses, walked, and have visited the main tourist attractions both independently and with a tour company. I’ve also experienced London with locals (friends and family) so I feel I can really give some good insight on what to see and do when visiting this city.
3. What is your favourite neighbourhood in London?
I would probably say Mayfair, Marylebone and Westminster. You can walk from the bank of the Thames to see Big Ben, and from there to St. James Park to see Buckingham Palace.
After that, you can saunter through Mayfair to see the gorgeous million dollar flats up to Oxford street where you can see the famous Selfridges and do some shopping. I also enjoy getting lost in the little streets of Marylebone, visit Baker Street to catch a glimpse of Sherlock, and end in the beautiful Regent’s Park where you can watch the world go by.
4. What surprised you the most about London?
The sheer size and how far Central London stretches, it reminds me how much there is still left to discover!
5. What made you fall in love with London?
The history; I first went to London when I was 12 and I’ll never forget visiting the Tower of London and learning the stories of the two princes who were held by their uncle King Richard III. That was just the beginning of a love affair with London that will never end for me.
6. What’s your favourite memory about London?
I have many memories that are amazing but one of the best is taking my daughter when she turned 9. I am so grateful to have been able to share my love of London with her. She now has the travel bug and can’t wait to go back this year!
7. What are your top London tips that you would give a client travelling there?
If you love food you must go to Borough Market, the ultimate Farmer’s Market. Get off at London Bridge tube station and follow the signs. You can sample and buy fresh cheeses, breads, meats and sip sangria (in the summer) or mulled wine (in the winter) while you wander the stalls.
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit London?
I think London is one of the greatest cities in the world and I have a tough time deciding between it and New York as my favourite. The history, the people, the sights, the sounds, the shopping, the food, all make this city what it is.
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to London?
Good walking shoes and a camera! London is easily accessible by public transport but if you want to get a true feel for the city, walking it shows you all the hidden alleys and cute pubs you may not find when you’re underground or on a bus.