Imagine this: Waking up from your eleven-hour plane ride across the Atlantic and seeing London along the horizon. For those of you attending the 2014 AU European Grad Trip, this will soon be your reality. After stepping off the plane, you will have complete freedom to start exploring the city, and with only three days to spend, that’s exactly what you’ll want to do. One of the fabulous aspects about this trip is that you are able to explore and attend whichever events pique your interests. As a previous Euro-tripper, I would recommend researching ahead of time in order to fully take advantage of your ten days abroad. Our first stop is going to be in London. I have never visited London town before, so this will likely be a new adventure for all of us. A local tour guide will guide us through Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Here are some other popular destinations that we can explore on our own:
London Pub Crawl
The first evening we are in London, there will be a Welcome Orientation and pub crawl around the city with Auburn and University of South Florida students!
Don’t let the name mislead you, Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s busiest squares and tourist attractions. It is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End of London. The Circus is famous for its large ad displays and neon signs mounted on buildings. You may recognize this photo from movies, TV shows or photos of London:
Located right behind Piccadilly Circus, the Piccadilly Theatre offers fabulous entertainment options to locals and tourists. If you enjoy musicals, take in a show at this famous location. The award winning musical Jersey Boys will be playing while we are in town, so be sure to order tickets while they’re still available!
Previously named the Globe theatre, this historical building welcomes Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world. You can experience famous productions of Shakespeare, new writing and exhibitions highlighting the London in which Shakespeare wrote.
Camden, referred to as “one of London’s most lively villages,” is the perfect city for a day trip. There are various markets, but most notably the Lock Market and Stables Market. Here you may enjoy rummaging through vintage jewelry and clothes or arts and crafts.
The London Eye is the world’s largest observation wheel. On the Eye, visitors can see up to 40 kilometers away in all directions, providing the most unprecedented view of the city.
The River Thames
The River Thames flows through London and gives visitors a chance to rest and take in the natural beauty of London. We can walk along the Thames Path for fantastic views or even take a Duck Tour on the river.
The Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge, built in the late eighteen hundreds, is a historic site that cannot be missed. You can enjoy stunning London views from the high level walkways, which host entertaining exhibitions. It also offers detailed history about the Bridge and significant buildings on the skyline.
In case you are interested in stepping even further outside of your comfort zone, London is known for having the best Indian food around. While I have never tried Indian cuisine, I will try anything once. It won’t be difficult to find out the best local Indian restaurants, so I look forward to enjoying this local treat.
These destinations are all suggestions to get your heads spinning about the exciting adventure that awaits you! If anyone has visited London and has good recommendations, please feel free to share below.