by Niki Kefala
London in winter is magical. Is cold. Is romantic. Central London is where you will find the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights, but also the beautiful parks. Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Thames, the London Eye. London’s diverse cultural dynamism makes it among the world’s most international and exciting cities. The buildings that reminds you the past, the theatrical innovation, the contemporary art and the music. I am sure that I will visit London again and again.
Like home: I stayed at the Gresham hotel at Sussex Garden, Hyde park, a Georgian-style building in central London, close to Paddington Station. Very good location and friendly staff but dirty! Actually it was so dirty, that when I was sleeping I had my jacket as a blanket.
Dress up: When dressing for winter in London (like I did), layering is key, because you need to be warm. Try to travel with a wardrobe that can easily be mixed and matched. Like a pair of skinny trousers or flared circle skirt and thick tights, printed shirt, oversized coat and bag and ankle boots. Don’t forget your umbrella of course, because rain showers in London are very common.
Yummy: Definitely you must eat the typical English breakfast that usually includes bacon, sausages, eggs and a variety of other cooked foods, with a beverage such as coffee or tea. It is especially popular in the UK and Ireland, to the extent that many cafes and pubs offer the meal at any time of day as an “all-day breakfast”. It’s very tasteful and you don’t feel hungry for the rest of the day.
To be honest I didn’t really like the fish and chips but as a tea person, England is a paradise. You have so many choices in tea flavors!
Almost famous: If you want to feel like Julia Roberts and Huge Grant, then go for a stroll to Notting Hill. The Notting Hill movie, directed by Richard Curtis, was released in 1999. The romantic comedy was a box office hit and Notting Hill became a popular place to visit, as much of the film was shot in and around the area and has become a must go place in London, especially for those who want to recapture the magic between the lead characters, William Thacker and Anna Scott. The popular Notting Hill market is known as Portobello Market, so called because it runs along Portobello Road. Pay a visit there and you’ll discover something interesting to take home with you.
The one word you must know if you are visiting London.
Tube: is the subway.
My tip: Always look at the left side of the road!!