After many transit hours, ya girl finally made it to her first stop in Europe. London welcomed me with its cloudy skies and British accents, and I could not have been any more excited when the plane landed in Heathrow. Despite a sleepless red eye flight, I pulled together the energy to pack my days with sightseeing. London is so tourist friendly with its clearly labeled London Underground (“tube”) and abundant free attractions. These are just four of the freebies I enjoyed during my 2 days there!
1. National Gallery
I’m not an art history buff, so I don’t think I appreciated it as much as my friends who are read up on the subject. However, the space itself is stunning: lots of open spaces and windows, and organized by century.
2. Tate Modern Art Museum
Yes. Absolutely put this on your to do list for London, especially because there is a free 10th floor observatory that makes for great city shots. While I find it more difficult to understand and appreciate older art, modern art is often easier for me to relate to. Tate Modern's descriptions also really help you connect with an art form and overall led to a more enjoyable experience.
3. Buckingham Palace
Not going to lie, I thought this was a little overrated. I guess it’s one of those fabulously British things you may feel like you have to do as a tourist, but after about 5 minutes I had enough of selfie sticks poking me. You've made it this far to London, if you've got about 30 minutes to come take a look- especially during the summer months where there's the changing of the guards- you might as well!
4. British Museum
What a gem! Perhaps I was spoiled because my very intelligent friend sprinkled information into our time there, but there was so much here to enlighten yourself. Whether you're obsessed with a specific civilization or you're just looking to learn more about humankind, everyone will enjoy something from the British Museum.