London in Pictures
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
London was the first ever foreign city I landed in – but it was simply a layover and I never stepped out of the airport. Few months ago, I was travelling from Toronto to Mumbai and stopped on the way on an overnight layover in London, England. It was more than enough time to get oriented to the city and spend few hours walking around the city centre. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of tourists. We’ve all been exposed to these pictures of popular London attractions such as the Big Ben, Westminster Palace, London Bridge, etc., so seeing these places in person was rather fun!
London’s Heathrow airport is one of the busiest in the world and it doesn’t cost much to add an extra layover to your transatlantic or transcontinental flight. I had a 22-hour layover and made sure we made good use of every hour spent here. For shorter layovers, I’d consider some time, money, and convenience factors. It takes about an hour each way to get to the city by subway, a bit faster if you take the express train. Second point it about the cost, subway is the cheapest while taxis are the most expensive. Third factor is comfort – for folks arriving from continental North America, particularly east coasters taking the red eye, the jet lag might be more intense than you are prepared for. This calls in for budgeting sufficient time for rest and relaxation, which means finding a place to stay. All these costs will add up.
However, the rewards are probably worth it! Bulk of the tourist sights in London are close to each other and can easily be walked in a day, unless of course you are going inside each place. Indeed, finding fish and chips in London was on the top of my list!