London is a special place to Luke and I. It’s the first city I step foot in across the pond. It’s where Luke has lived for several months on two separate occasions. It’s where we got engaged.
It’s the city I have spent the most time in abroad (now it’s to the point that when I don’t go to London in Europe, something feels missing).
What’s funny is before I visited Luke in London to jump off our first European trip together back in 2013, London was not necessarily on my travel radar or bucket list. I pictured it as similar to the US, and with that, no new culture to experience. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
There is so much to be learned from the British. Incredible museums that so beautifully display the world’s history – I NEVER thought I’d see the Rosetta Stone in person! – delightful markets that offer up world-wide cuisine that is more amazing than you could ever imagine, scenic parks to stroll through, shopping that will make you feel like royalty, and more.
It just feels like England has existed forever when you look around, but at the same time, everything looks so new, and it is the cleanest city I have ever been to. After traveling there three times, I feel like I’m more interested in the local things to do than tourist sights (though those are a must during your first visit there!)
London should be a special place to everyone, because there is no where else in the world like it. It feels so enormous that you’d think you can never conquer it all.
But the author of Wandering Worldie, Rachel Houston (who you may remember from our collab “Tallahassee Bucketlist” post) who just moved to London, begs to differ! She has been there since only July and has made a big effort to keep on her travel mindset and explore, explore, explore.
Here, she offers up her American-in-England wisdom and shares tips for traveling to London. Here’s what to know about the local things to do in London and what to see from the eyes of a new-local: