Oh how we love London! The city is the top destination for tourists visiting Europe and it is easy to see why! It is pretty much impossible for you not to find something you enjoy in London. It is the city that has everything from popups, festivals, night clubs, comedy nights, flower and food markets, vintage shops, and even dog bars.
I don’t think there is another city with as many world famous landmarks as London. There are dozens found all over the city; including, Big Ben, Tower bridge, the London Eye, Buckingham and Kensington Palace, the Shard, Oxford street, just to name a few. Regardless of what people have said to us, we never once felt unsafe walking throughout London, especially central London. You just have to be cautious like in any big city of dark ally ways and keeping your eyes off of your phone. I also recommend wearing a cross body purse since it would be harder to snatch.
We ended up spending four months in London with our dog. We were booked for three but ended up loving it so much we booked an extra month. We found a spacious place in Shoreditch for a very reasonable price. Many hosts offer big discounts for staying a month or more. If they don’t offer a discount I usually ask them for one and most were willing to make a deal with me. There is a pets allowed tab on Airbnb you can select so it is easy to narrow down the homes you can bring your pet.
Shoreditch is very close to central London and we found ourselves walking our dog to most of the top sites in the city. If the destination was too far to walk, taking the overground or underground with our dog was easy and free of charge. We enjoy a good long walk and usually ended up walking ten miles or more each time we go out. Coco is usually good for about two or three miles and I carry him in a pet sling the rest of the way.
If the dollar wasn’t so weak against the pound right now, we would stay again for another few months after Prague (where we are now). I will create a separate post on how we get Coco into the country. It is easier than ever to get your pet into the country since quarantine is no longer required as long as you have all the paper work in order (YAY!).
Even if the dollar doesn’t get stronger I am sure we will back again one day because we love it so much! Like Samuel Johnson said , “When you are tired of London, you are tired of life.”
The gates to Buckingham Palace (Queen’s residence)
The Victoria monument in front of Buckingham Palace
Beautiful gates next to Buckingham Palace leading to Hyde park
The London Eye
View of Big Ben (under construction) and Westminster Palace from the Westminster Bridge
Here is a view of Westminster Bridge and Big Ben (Before it went under construction)
Another view of Big Ben (I loved the sky at sunset)
Another view of Westminster Palace
Taking a break and enjoying the view of Westminster Abbey
Closer look at Westminster Abbey
The iconic Tower Bridge
View of the Shard from the London Bridge
Another view of the Shard from the Millennium Bridge
Look at how beautiful London is from the Millennium Bridge