Google “how often does it rain in London” and the general response is uhhhh often! If you travel there, even during Summer, and you get a rainless, sunny, cloudless day, then you are extremely lucky. You travel overseas unprepared for rain once (as I did when I travelled to the United States in 2012) and as a result have to buy things that you own an abundance of at home, and you never make that mistake again. Hence why I always travel with a few particular items. I will write about what I pack in another post after this series. Not only do you need to be prepared for rain in what you pack, but what you plan to do. Some activities need to be bookmarked under “play it by ear” and these are all view related activities such as the London Eye or the Shard. This applies more so in London where the weather changes often and suddenly.
I decided to start with one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, the London Dungeon. A very entertaining, educational and good value for money attraction. The London Dungeon is an iconic attraction with interactive sets and live actors who guide you through the site. The entrance fee is a reasonable £25.20 (or £17.50 if you purchase online beforehand) and includes 2 rides and 18 interactive shows that walk you through the dark and gruesome history of London, including the infamous Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. There will be laughs and screams all round and is not for the faint hearted. A definite day out for the family as the emotion aroused from this activity will create resonate memories for a lifetime.
For those who are in London for some shopping, Oxford street is the place for you, as it is home to one of my favourite shops in London, Primark. The best station to access this glorious centre of cheap, well made clothing is Marble Arch. Here you can view the triumphant Marble Arch structure, which stands close to the former site of the Tyburn gallows (sometimes called ‘Tyburn Tree’), a place of public execution from 1388 until 1793. Primark is a budget shopper’s mecca. Good, long lasting, quality products that are a very reasonable price. Primark stocks something for everyone: Children’s, men’s, and women’s clothing and accessories (shoes included). The only tip I have for anyone visiting this store is this: it is hot, it is busy beyond belief, and do not try anything on in the change rooms as there is a limit of items per customer and a line so long you wouldn’t believe me. If you have the time, by all means try things on but I could never justify wasting my precious holiday time waiting in a line to try clothes on that may or may not fit. I find myself a mirror in a discreet corner of the shop and try on things that don’t require me having to remove any items of my clothing. This is a secret between you and me of course as we don’t want too many people doing it. Oxford street is where you will find a myriad of shops and you will also connect with Regent street which has an equal number of places to spend your holiday money, including the famous Hamleys toy shop.