London: My 5 Favourite Things To Do

London: My 5 Favourite Things To Do

1. Borough Market: You MUST stop by the grilled cheese place there! I can’t remember the name but it’s the one that also sells Raclette. Raclette was great to try, but not my cup of tea. The sights of the market are just magnificent and it is so bustling with life, which I found not much of London to be. 

 
A beautiful flower shop in Borough Market 

A beautiful flower shop in Borough Market 

 
A spectacular grilled cheese!

A spectacular grilled cheese!

 

2. Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour: There’s a 3+ hour tour you can take of the WB Studios, where all of the Harry Potter films were shot. I’m a huge HP fan (thought I was Hermione Granger when I was younger), so this was my dream come true. When my mom took me to London, she asked me what I wanted to do. The only thing on my list that was a MUST-SEE was this, and it did not disappoint. You get to see all of the sets including the dorm rooms, Diagon Alley, the trains they take to get to school, the grounds etc. You also see how they made this mini mock-up of Hogwarts (shown in my picture) and they CGI it for all of the exterior shots of the school! It kind of ruined my childhood dreams of Hogwarts being a real school, but it was very cool nonetheless. It was very interactive, which I loved. You could buy candy from those candy carts (I bought a Chocolate Frog hehe; it was delicious and I worked on finishing it for literally the entirety of our Eurotrip.. it must have been 3 pounds of chocolate), sit in the seats of the Hogwarts Express, and fly broomsticks!!! It’s a bit far from Central London but you just take a few tubes and it’s definitely worth the trip :) 

The Hogwarts mockup 

The Hogwarts mockup 

Platform 9 & 3/4 here I come!!!

Platform 9 & 3/4 here I come!!!

Hermione Granger's luggage

Hermione Granger's luggage

A chess piece from the final chess game

A chess piece from the final chess game

 

3. Shop at Picadilly Circus: I had more fun shopping here than at Harrods. I know Harrods is a London staple but it was just so unaffordable, and consequently, not that much fun. 

Little shopper :) 

Little shopper :) 

A classic! 

A classic! 

 

4. Go see a play: My mom and I went to go see Kinky Boots in the theatre district and made friends with another mother-daughter that sat beside us. It was a fun, light play. 

The gardens outside Buckingham Palace

The gardens outside Buckingham Palace

 
Street art lining the THames

Street art lining the THames

 

5. Visit the Tate Modern: Not your typical, boring museum! It’s filled with unique installations and exhibits. I would highly recommend checking it out!

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Series at the Tate Modern Museum

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Series at the Tate Modern Museum