Travel to London, England – Episode 813

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Travel to London, England (Podcast)

Hear about travel to London, England, as the Amateur Traveler talks to Julie from about her adopted hometown.

In answer to the question “why should someone go to London?”, Julie says: “There’s so many good reasons. I love London for the history. It goes back thousands of years, all the way to Roman times. I love London for its world-class everything you get world-class music coming through London, world-class culture, art exhibits, and theater performances. Anything you can imagine, there’s pretty much world-class that in London. So it’s great in terms of culture. I love London for its diversity. You meet people from all over the world. You can find food from all over the world. You never feel really foreign in London because there are so many people from so many places.”

“And then there’s also so many niche topics and interests that you can fulfill in London. London is a huge city, and no matter what you’re interested in, no matter what you’re passionate about, you can find something that will fit the bill in London. And I think those are just the beginnings of what I would say are reasons to go to London.”

Julie takes us on a tour of sites that are well known and sites that are obscure. She starts us near Parlement and the London Eye. We explore the South Thames, including the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, Borough Market, HMS Belfast, and Tower Bridge. We can tour Westminster Abbey, see a show, buy lunch at the market and end with the house that William the Conquer built, the White Tower of the Tower of London.

We talk about the great neighborhoods of London like the West End with Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden with its shops and street performers, Soho with its nightlife, Camden with its market and canal, South Kensington with its museums, Notting Hill with its famous antiques market and colorful houses. We also venture out of Zone 1 to beautiful neighborhoods like Hampstead, which may be Julie’s favorite.

We talk about the best nightclubs, pubs, and afternoon tea. Julie gives us updated tips on getting to and from the airports and how to get around on the London Underground.

We visit famous museums like the British Museum and the V&A. We visit tiny museums like the cabinet war rooms and less well-known museums like Sir John Soane’s Museum.

London is constantly changing. We talk about the changing food scene. It is much easier to get a great meal in London than it was even a decade ago.

London can easily occupy your time for a week, a month, or a lifetime. Learn more about this vibrant city in this episode of the Amateur Traveler.

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Show Notes

A Lady in London
Tours – UK Parliament
Westminster Abbey
London Eye
Royal Festival Hall
Tate Modern
Globe Theatre
Borough Market
HMS Belfast
Tower Bridge
Tower of London Tour
West End of London
Covent Garden
London Underground
Airports of London
Ronnie Scot’s Jazz Club
South Kensington
V&A Museum
Science Museum
Boating on the Serpentine – Hyde Park
Notting Hill
Portobello Road
The Oak W2
Camden Market
Regent’s Canal
British Museum
Lamb’s Conduit Street
Charlotte Street
Piccadilly Circus
Changing of the Guard
The Clove Club
The Holly Bush in Hampstead
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Maltby Street Market
Afternoon Tea Fortnum and Mason
Churchill War Rooms
St Paul’s
The Goring Hotel
Shangri-La The Shard
Lady’s Ultimate London Travel Guide


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to London, England – Episode 813”

Mark Pearson


Hello Chris

Really enjoyed London show. I live in Southend, one of gateway airports mentioned, a seaside resort which gets lots of day trippers from London, we also have the longest pleasure pier in the world at just over 1.3 miles.

My tip for London is the Skygarden in Fenchurch St, close to Tower of London and near to where I work. Fantastic views like the Shard but with bonus of its free, just need to book in advnace, bar and restaurant at the top.





Hi Chris,
Great episode! I’ve been to London 6 times and am going back in September. I still found some new things to check out when I go.

However, one thing she said I’d like to make a suggestion: Using a debit card vs getting an Oyster card. You have to have a contactless debit card and you have to make sure it doesn’t charge you foreign transaction fees. My card is not contactless and I do get hit with FTF every time I use it so I will continue to use an Oyster card when I go.

All the best,

Chris Christensen


Stephanie, good point. I should not assume everyone knows about using cards that don’t get foreign transaction fees.

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