London: The First Glimpse . . .

In my previous post I had promised to take you along with me on a journey to London; and I have returned to keep that promise. My train reached the Euston station around 12:35 ish in the noon. The signs in the station were clearly marked and in no time, we found our way out. Before leaving the station we purchased our Oyester cards and Hop-on Hop-Off Bus cards making it valid for a certain date. 

With Oyester Cards, one needs to pay a minimum amount of money to purchase the card, and a minimum top-up for travelling. Thereafter, these cards can be topped up with pay-as-you-go balance whenever required. Also, it is to be kept in mind that Oyester cards are valid for a lifetime; and if you want to return them, then you can demand for a refund.

Leaving the station the first sight that hit me, was the harsh sun bringing a frown to every face. I was decked up in my coat , muffler and caps; but the heat was so strong that they were of no use to me. All I needed was sunglasses and unfortunately of my hypermetropia, I cannot wear glasses save if they have powers in them. We hired a cab to our hotels. My friend and I got off at the YMCA London, Fitzroy Street while my parents got off at the Holiday Inn in Carburton Street. Both the lodgings were a walking distance from each other. We had planned to have lunch and meet at the Holiday Inn. 

During our check in to the YMCA, I was so happy to see many Indian faces around. I even met a Bengali lady with whom I chatted for a while before hurrying off to the room to freshen up. After lunch, we decided to set out for some casual sightseeing. 

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“Zara Hatke, Zara Bachke, Yeh Hai London Meri Jaan” 

As we were nearing the main street, I could hear music being played somewhere. It was then that I saw this gentleman playing a lovely tune. That tune was almost nostalgic. It was a blend of modernity and age-old traditions, much like the city itself. I thought to myself that this was the perfect welcome to the modern city of ancient history. 

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St Mary Magdalene Church 

“Life is filled with secrets. You can’t learn them all at once.” Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

While we were walking, we came across this church, St Mary Magdalene Church. Instantly, it invoked in me the feelings that I had while reading the Da Vinci Code. I remembered , so many secrets and histories that lie unearthed in the world. But soon I realised that I was drifting off to the philosophical side, and had to focus on enjoying every moment of my vacation. The Church unfortunately was closed and so we just walked across the circumference. 

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Open Air Seating Arrangement in the Church 

A level below the street, I found this beautiful seating arrangement. This was part of the church’s recreational activities. There was a table tennis room, a study room and even an open air sitting porch. 

Since, the church was closed and time was running out, we decided not to waste time and head to someplace and When in London , it has to be the Thames. To be honest, we were budget travellers and also wanted to ride the local buses, so we decided to figure out our way from the bus route. We got up on a 88 and soon realised we had gone the other way round. Nevertheless we stayed on the bus and toured around a major part of the city until the bus stopped at the Vauxhall Bus station. A short walk from the station was the Vauxhall Bridge and the river Thames. 

In case you are wondering, or will wonder later, Vauxhall Bridge runs across the southern part of the River Thames and the Tower of London and Tower Bridge is way up ahead North. This was a slightly different part of the river, however, the Tower Bridge will also be covered in the subsequent posts. 

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Vauxhall Bridge

This is a view of the Vauxhall Bridge from its right bank. From where I was standing while shooting this photograph, to my right was the River Thames and the London Eye, to my left was a thinning strip of the river with boats . Behind me were large complex buildings and in front of me was the city. 

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Bathing in the Summer Sun

And yes, some lovely seagulls and ducks were taking a much-needed summer bath in the middle of the river. 

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Streamers ruling the river

Streamers and ferries were passing by. I have always wondered what their purposes are. Especially when I see no one inside them. 

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The First Glance of London Eye

Though very far away, the London Eye still looked Grand and over powering. This intimidating structure reminded me of an eagle. An Eagle is mighty, powerful, a symbol of royalty and keeps a watch over everything much like the London Eye isn’t it? Though it appeared to be still, the Eye was in motion and rotating with people inside its numerous compartments. 

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The Magestic Buildings

Did I not mention of huge complex buildings before? Well, I was talking of these. On a closer look these buildings do not look as technical as they look here. There are beautiful fountains and rows of planted flowers inside the huge gates. 

Interestingly, since summer time has started in Manchester and (in London as well), I saw the bright sunlight stayed on till 8 pm or later. Thus, when time flew by no one knew. We decided to call it a day and head to our lodgings. There was a time for dinner service in our hostel and we certainly did not want to miss it. Further, we were all quite tired and exhausted after a long  journey and sightseeing. 

However, young blood prevails in my friend and me ; and we made our own little plan of roaming the streets at night. Well just a little walk, to be honest ! And it would be unfair to see such a beautiful city by the day and not enjoy its essence by the night as well.

So, Next Week Sunday, do come back for my adventures in the City Which Never Sleeps. 

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. lex says:

    fun trip, never been to london but my cousins over there tell a lot of good tales about the place.

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  2. Dreammerin says:

    Glad to hear you had such a great time there! Looking forward to see new adventures! Have a nice weekend!

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  3. Jessica Ayun says:

    A great guide! So detailed and I like how you narrate your Londo visit. More travels for you. 🙂

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  4. Love hearing about your trip and how it went! Beautiful pictures too. Would you go back again?

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    1. Yes, the plan is to go back again . 🙂

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  5. I think I’ve read enough Sophie Kinsella books to fantasize about visiting London someday. Your post confirmed it. Lovely photos 🙂

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  6. I live in Swansea- Wales approximately 4 hours away from London. Whenever I get bored I jump on a bus and enjoy the city life! London’s weather is much nicer than Swansea!

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    1. London’s weather is nicer than Manchester too. 🙂

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  7. Joanna says:

    For your first visit to London you did seem to cover a pretty non-touristic area. Indeed, taking a bus in London can be a difficult task if you are not familiar with how the system works. The first time I ever took a bus in London, I counted 5 stops from Waterloo to Tower Bridge. I got off at the 5th stop and guess what? I was still in Waterloo, haha.

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    1. Haha . Yes it can be quite confusing. New city, not known roads. but what have we travellers got to lose? It’s fun getting lost in a new city. and GPS is always there to help us isnt it? 😛

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  8. Euge Nia says:

    Glad to hear you had such a great time there! I’ve always wanted to visit London, maybe one day! 🙂 There’s so much to see!! Love your photos, especially a view of the Vauxhall Bridge! So beautiful!

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    1. Thanks. I’m so happy you liked it. and I do hope one day you will be able to see London too. I’ll wait for your experience if you share it in your blog. 🙂

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  9. Bee says:

    More stuff to add to my do visit list in London.
    I’ve been there a lot of times but it’s always short trips. Now I’m planning to stay longer and explore all the recommended stuff

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    1. Great to know that the post has been of some help to you. 🙂 More places and adventures are coming up. The London series gets updated every Sunday. 🙂

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  10. It’s been years since my last visit to London. Reading your post it’s kind of bringing me back to this great city.

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    1. Great!. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  11. Liz Mays says:

    It seems like there is so much to see in London! I love the photos. They seem calm and relaxing for some reason.

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  12. Nya says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of London as a place to live, but I enjoy visiting now and then 🙂 I loved the storytelling tone of your post and the pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. Yes i agree that London probably is not the best place to live in. Cause i found it very expensive. but its nice to visit it.

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  13. Looks like a great trip you had. London is so many things for so many people. I love sit when I was there for a very short time and it rained almost non stop. I have a few pics from that trip at http://europe.iamvagabond.com

    I like the way you compared London Eye to eye of an eagle. Nice !!

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    1. Thanks. 🙂 I will surely check out your pics.

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  14. This is a great post! I absolutely love London! There is so much to see and do!

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    1. Absolutely. there is so much to see that one trip is not enough.

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  15. Ana De Jesus says:

    I hope this does not come across as ignorant but what is hypermetropia? Sorry to hear that you can’t wear sunglasses but glad you enjoyed London, it truly is a cultural haven.

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    1. Well, i have minus power in my eyes. Like i cant see things far off without lens and glasses. Im too scared to try the lens. so Glasses ! 🙂

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      1. EG III says:

        I feel your pain on this issue. I’ve had glasses or lenses since I was five years old and in my adult years I’ve been told my vision is too bad for LASIK 😦

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      2. Oh Dear! But you know on the bright side, glasses cant dampen the adventurous spirits in us. shades cover the eyes but kills the vibrant colours of the surroundings. Glasses reflect the sunlight , is harsh on the eyes but still retains the vibrant hues of the surroundings. We can still experience the world as it is. 🙂

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      3. EG III says:

        Very true!! And that’s an excellent way to “view” our situation (pun intended) 🙂

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  16. Awesome pictures mate 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  17. cheskaaanels says:

    Glad to hear you had such a brilliant time in London!! I’m a born and bred Londoner and live being able to call it my home! I however have never been on the london eye! http://Www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com

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    1. I havnt been there either. although I would love to go up and take some aerial shots of the city. 🙂

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  18. I currently live in London so it’s nice to read a post from the perspective of a traveller. Hope you had fun and looking forward to reading more about your time here 🙂

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

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    1. i had a lot of fun. I’m planning to make another trip quite soon. 🙂

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  19. ratishagoyal says:

    It always fascinates me to see a new place through the eyes of another traveller. Your pictures are stunning especially, bathing duck is super cute. It was a wonderful read.

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    1. thanks. i found the duck very cute.

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  20. Amy says:

    Looks like a nice trip to London, I went once for 3 days and it was tiring fitting in everything we wanted to see! Which I’m sure you know all about! Looking forward to more adventures.

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    1. Yes, three days is NOT enough for a huge city like London.

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