On my first day in London I couldn't visit as many places as I planned because the way from the airport to the hotel was pretty long (especially when you have to search the hotel :D) and I forgot about that. London isn't a small town... After landing on Luton Airport I've chosen to get in London by train. Because there is no tube I had two options to get in town: by car or by train. So, I took the train for a shorter journey: 40 minutes including the shuttle bus from the airport to the Luton parkway station. I think that if I you choose the car/bus the journey it will be longer, due to traffic condition can reach an hour :(
If you land on Heathrow you are lucky because the airport is connected with the city through the tube (underground) and the journey is shorter.
From Luton we took the train:
The St. Pancras Station is huge, with many stores and places to eat or shop.
Also, in this station arrives the Eurostar train which connects Brussels - Paris - London. If you didn't know yet, the train traverse the underwater Channel Tunnel between England and France. Pretty cool, yeah :)
So, if you are from Western Europe and you want to get to London, the train is a good choice.
After three our of flying, we have started our visit with breakfast in St. Pancras Station:)
Did you know?
The first thing to see in London? St Pancras International Station. It's huge and has a beautiful architecture.
You should know that the railway station appears also in the Harry Potter movies do to is Gothic facade.
Also, in King's Cross Station you can find the famous 9 and 3/4 Platform from where goes the train to Hogwarts. Don't miss it :)
After finding the hotel and unpacking, we had to important stops:
Stop 1: Piccadilly Station to collect our London Pass.
We didn't order it in time to send us home so we had to collect it from there; with a little help from the site and our friend Google Maps, we found the visitor's center quick.
Stop 2: the beautiful Westminster Place to collect our tickets from Merlin Entertaining: London Eye + London Aquarium + Madame Tussaud's.
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Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge
After a ride with the tube and with the red bus the first stop was at the Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge. I'm not a big fan of the Gothic style but the Parliament Architecture is incredible. I really loved it and I didn't expect to like it that much :)
Because it was Thursday, the square was not very crowded and we could enjoy the view in peace...without many people around. We got back in Westminster Square in the weekend (Saturday) and there were so many people...I could barely walk on the sidewalk...it was awful.
Near the Parliament is located the London Eye and the Aquarium.
We've entered at the Aquarium at 5 pm (last entrance) and visit the place for one hour because at 6 pm was closing time.
tip: reserve almost two hours for the visit, so you will be able to see it all.
tip: if you travel with your kids to London, they will love it! it's fun and educational in the same time
The aquarium is divided in many sections: Tropical Rain forest , the Shark Walk, Penguins: Ice Adventure and others.
It was pretty scary and wow in the same time to walk through a water tunnel with a shark next to you and with a turtle over your had :)
I loved the sharks and the gentoo penguins :) I could see them swimming under water :) I felt like i'm seeing Madagascar...maybe Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico were in a mission.
Next stop: The London Eye and the 4D Movie Experience.
The movie is cute...lasts 4 minutes and shows wonderful place from London; is 3D and includes some cool effects like water, wind and even bubbles.
The London Eye experience last about 30 minutes and you have enough time for pictures.
The wheel doesn't stop and you have to get in when it's moving ... but don't worry because it moves really slow and there are persons that can help you.
In England, the people with disabilities have many facilities. For example, if somebody is in wheelchair the London Eye stops until he get's in, and everybody can enjoy the ride :)
The view is beautiful... from the top you can see the Parliament, the Thames Bridges, The Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station.
Because I was in the area, I wanted to visit the famous Westminster Abbey but...it was closed since 3 pm!!! incredible early...and veery disappointing.
tip: remember that many attractions have the last entrance at 4 or 5 pm.
Check the official website to find out an updated program.
Day one is over? No problem...take a look at the second day in Lonon: Day two in London.