Being a tourist in London

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View of the Tower Bridge FROM A BOAT!
I know I've mentioned it before but I have lived in London for eight years now, very nearly nine! (oh God, I'm aging...) There are times when I take this wonderful city for granted and still haven't explored most of it. Sometimes it's surprising how many things you'll find even if you just take a slightly different way to work, I recently just found out there's a little vintage market near Angel station!

Just like most people who live in London, I get really annoyed by tourists. I hate how they just stop in the street to take pictures of something as mediocre as a post box because it's SLIGHTLY different from at home, how they walk reeeeally slowly then suddently turn around and get really annoyed with you when you end up face-planting their chest. MOST IMPORTANTLY! I hate how they wear huge backpacks on the tube which not only take up the space of a small child (or someone my size) but also get stuck in the tube doors as they rush on at the last minute because, heaven forbid, there isn't another one in three minutes. God, I'm bitter.

Last month Gary and I had our relatives visit from Scotland and we got to be tourists TWICE. I hope I wasn't one of the annoying tourists I have just bitched and moaned about. That would be awkward.


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On both occasions we started off our tourist activities at Westminster Pier, this was particularly important for my mum's boyfriend as he's Scottish and very into his politics, I don't believe he has ever been to Westminster before and he looked so happy. On the other occasion we got on a boat and started boozing as soon as we sat down... so different.

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Drinking wine on a boat!

Both tourist days involved a lot of walking, one from Westminster to Leicester Square with lots of landmark spotting along the way with an oppotunity to get a new family photo taken outside Buckingham Palace.

From left to right:
Emily (brother's girlfriend), ME, Abby (mini step sister), Jarrad (brother), Gary (my boyfriend)

During our adventures across this wonderful city, I got to see and visit a bunch of places that I obviously knew existed but have never been to. I had never been past Downing Street before (THE POLICE HAVE MASSIVE GUNS), never been to the Maritime Museum at Greenwich and I don't think I have been to St James' Park, dude, there are Pelicans.

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Playing dress up at the Maritime Museum
One of my favourite things to do wherever I go is spot and chuckle at interesting graffiti, here are two classics from the South Bank and Greenwich

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Moment of pure genius on a public toilet door

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Another moment of pure genius in another public toilet
Despite all my typical Londoner complaining, being a tourist in London is actually loads of fun. There's obviously so much more I need to see and do but I'm pretty sure it's impossible to do it all. BUT I CAN TRY.


Do you have any favourite places in London I should see?

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  1. Oh I do love touristing (ya it's a word!) around London. There is always something new to be found in this wonderful city. Greenwich is a particular favourite of mine - BOATS!

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    1. 'Touristing' is now totally a word! I do love boats, I'm a complete sucker for them. Gary and I keeps saying we'll go to Portsmouth so I can go on the HMS Victory, I'll be so happy when it happens.

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  2. When I was in London this summer I did a few of the touristy things - but not ones I'd done before. I went to an exhibition at the Royal Academy for the first time, then had ice-creams in the new parlour in Fortnum & Mason and then, like you, took a boat trip - to Greenwich. I also spent time on the south bank which I'd not done before either - and I would definitely do that again.

    [I blogged about some of that here ]

    It's a bit of a trek for me to pop down from the NE whenever I fancy a spot of touristing around the capital but, next time I do I can guarantee I'll be stopping to take photos! It's a long way to go ... so I might as well make the most of it! :-)

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    1. The best thing to do is to just explore and not pay attention to where you're going because you never know what you'll find. Plus you know that you'll always find a tube station/bus stop and not be stuck anywhere.

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    2. The best thing to do is to just explore and not pay attention to where you're going because you never know what you'll find. Plus you know that you'll always find a tube station/bus stop and not be stuck anywhere.

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