London Adventures: Being a Tourist


I love London. It’s only a few hours away from my home, the train tickets are ridiculously cheap if they are booked in advance and I try and visit several times a year. As I can’t afford a foreign holiday this year I decided to make the most of it and booked tickets to The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and for a meal at The Ivy for me and my mum.

We had a blast – the weather was great, we decided to be tourists and walk down to Buckingham Palace from Trafalgar Square as its been years since I’ve seen it and I joined thousands of people from all over the world taking photographs and speculating as to which members of the Royals were at ‘home.’

The food at The Ivy was beautiful (as were the waiters), and the show was ok. They were a talented cast, but the problem with watching a musical adaptation of one of your favourite films is that it is impossible not to compare. The lead actor playing the role of ‘Decco’ was good, but he wasn’t Andrew Strong, and needed to be a little rougher around the edges.

We did intend to visit the Bond Exhibit in Covent Garden, but we unfortunately slept in and missed the opening. Instead, we went to the Abercrombie & Fitch store, where I treated myself and ogled the models. It’s a tough life…

I’m currently sitting on the train next to a rather grumpy woman who is annoyed because I made her move her enormous suitcase out of my seat. The train is 20 minutes late in departing as they couldn’t find the driver.

How do you lose a driver???

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17 thoughts on “London Adventures: Being a Tourist

  1. How long do one have to book the railway tickets in advance so that they are cheap? I’m thinking of going to Canterbury, and I want to do some day-trips to London.

  2. I guess you could lose the driver if he was late to his shift or something…? (*shrugs*) I’ve lost a driver before, but that was because I got lost in the library.

  3. People being unfriendly on the train, that was something I really noticed when I was in London.
    However public transport in your country is very excellent, that is something I really liked.

    πŸ™‚ Good to hear that the weather was great and that you all had fun.

  4. London is one of my favourite cities, and I would love to be wandering there right now! The National Gallery is always at the top of my list.

  5. I’ve been living in London for about 15 years and I’m always amazed by the amount of things/places to do/visit… including doing absolutely nothing and just laze around in one of the beautiful parks we have here (Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, St James’ Park to name a few). London always has something for everybody no matter what are your interests.

    Last month I had relatives visiting me from abroad, and so I had to play the role of tourist guide. Trafalgar Square (the one in your photos) is always a must go place. I also like to take people to the Southbank area all the way to Tower Bridge, passing the Tate Modern and all the wonderful riverside walk paths. There’s lots of quirky places to eat, drink and shop . Alternative/creative area one might say. On a sunny day it’s guaranteed a good day out.

    You are right, if you book train tickets in advance for off peak travelling they can be a bargain. The best websites to purchase them are and

    Happy more travels to London! πŸ™‚

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