It is always a plus when you get upgraded on your flight and this very thing happened to me when I was heading to London. To get to each country I had been flying, so by the time it was time to head to England I was more than used to it. I did the normal procedure, check my bags in, go through security and scan my ticket. My flight had been delayed by an hour so I was more than happy to get onto the plane when it was time to board. Usually, I get to get on first but because it was so crowded (and Tegel airport is very small) from everybody waiting I was last to get on. I was at ease with the whole getting on the plane system: I transfer onto a eisle chair, somebody takes my bags, they say hello and then I’m wheeled to my seat. Too easy. This time I was greeted by a nice airhostess who told me that she has changed my seat, for practicality, to business class. I wasn’t complaing, I get to fly business class! It wasn’t as lavish if I was on a longer international flight but I was still offered a hot face towel which was pretty posh.
After landing at Heathrow I then needed to catch a train and a bus to get to where I was staying for the week. I was used to the different changes I had to make to get to the different places, but by this time I was exhausted.
On my first full day in London it was pretty spectacular. I had been dreaming of visiting the UK since I was 14 and so as I headed into the heart of London it was all so surreal. I couldn’t believe it. It was raining but I didn’t care, it was everything that I had expected.
I walked through Covent Garden, looking through the different market stalls that where there before heading to Lecister Square and Piccadilly Circus. Looking around I could see the high skinny buildings made out of brick work and West End theatres.
I managed to tick off seeing all of the typical tourist sites all in the first day. I went through Trafalgar Square looking at the Parliamentary buildings, saw Westminster Abbey before heading to Big Ben and lastly stopping to get a picture in front of Buckingham Palace.
It was all fairly easy getting around London, mostly due to the fact that everything is in walking distance and the buses are free if you use a wheelchair.
I noticed also that I was spoilt for options of where to eat, everywhere there was vegan options and in the large super markets like Waitrose they had plenty of vegan options too.
On one of my days in London I went through Hyde Park and on a ferry ride along the Thames. Hyde Park was quite a sight. The park was full of open spaces where people were having picnics and there were people speaking in the speakers corner.
I took the ferry ride from Westminster which took me all the way up to Tower Bridge. I got to see London from a different angle. We passed under the London bridge, passed Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, stopped under Tower Bridge before getting off right next to the Tower Of London. It was pretty fun, one of the sea guards was being the guide and he added all of his extra random knowledge of the places we were passing.
I loved London, there was always something for me to do and I never got bored. I took the liberty of being so close to West End and watched numerous shows. I was in love.
I did multiple day trips too. I went up to Abbey Road, walked through Kensington Garden and did a 3 castle trip going through Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace as well as the Tower of London.
It’s hard putting everything that I saw and accomplished in London in just 1 small blog post. There was not one moment where I stopped and I spent my whole time wishing that this was my home.
Luckily, I was able to spend a lot of time in London, going between there and other small trips.
That’s the best part about Europe. Pretty much everything is possible.