Quickie: 48 Hours In…London

text and photos by: Nina Sarmiento

In my previous post, I listed down ways on how to travel less in Europe. One of which is to just roam around and tour the many fab landmarks, museums and galleries which you can visit either for free or for a token fee. (read more here)

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  1. Not to mention shopping in London’s Harrod’s. A bit pricey though, but who cares if you just pop in and take a bite to all their free goodies in the basement food section, haha.
    Then at Earl’s Court where you can meet a lot of Filipinos and dine at Nando’s.

    Visiting Primark store too for all your fancy clothes and fashionable stuffs.

    I love to come back in London soon.

    But not in Winter .

    • hi francesca: thanks for the tip. ill keep that in mind once i visit london hopefully next year.

      -Prime-

    • francesca, don’t forget topshop as well 😉 yeah going to harrods is like going to roomful of curiosity, the trinkets are damn too cute and that paddington bear!

    • francesca, don’t forget topshop as well 😉 yeah going to harrods is like going to roomful of curiosity, the trinkets are damn too cute and that paddington bear!

    • francesca, don’t forget topshop as well 😉 yeah going to harrods is like going to roomful of curiosity, the trinkets are damn too cute and that paddington bear!

  2. dora Said:

    Wow, it’s quite interesting to see your take on London! I’ve been living there for more than a year and I haven’t actually been to half the things you recommend! Most of all, what I love most about London aren’t even all the touristy spots!

    I’m not trying to sound all up-my-ar*e. It really just goes to show the big difference between travelling somewhere for a short stay versus staying somewhere a bit longer….

    I’m in New York at the moment and I’m sure all the things I have been seeing and doing around New York aren’t half the things that locals actually do or love about the city…and your perspective of London really makes me think about what I’ve been up to so far in this city…..

    Anyways, if you’re in London still, don’t miss Brick Lane (on a Sunday), Columbia Road Flower Market (Sunday as well) and Spitalfields Market (Saturday, I think). Also check out the nightlife in the Shoreditch and Old Street area. Those of some of my favourite bits of the city! 🙂

  3. Ciao Dora!
    i am pretty much like you, i am now based in cork, ireland but i haven’t really explored it 😛 i guess it’s that thinking that “it’s there, it can wait” in contrast with short visits that you would like to explore the whole place as much as you can, it’s like a waaaaay smaller scale verion of amazing race :p (and yes when i relocated, embarasssingly my first question is ‘Where is tesco?’ que horror).

    Oddly, because i live all my life in the city and it just sometimes too tiring to go ‘out of town’ on every weekend (not to mention, i’m often broke!), i try to think of some weekend challenges that i can do in the city area and discovered some new things along the way as well 😀

    oh brick lane and flower market is good! i’ll go check the shoreditch on night next time 😀

    do you have a blog something as well? 🙂
    -nina

  4. Dora Said:

    Yeah, that’s definitely right – a short holiday somewhere really does feel like a compact amazing race sometimes….trying to pack in all the sights in as short a time as possible! As I am right now, it’s flippin’ exhausting!

    I also created horror when I was hiking in the Surrey Hills (south of London) and mock-seriously announced that the trees and all the greenery are a waste of land and that a big Tesco superstore should be built on site! Ahehe. That didn’t go down very well!

    I’m created a link to my blog this time. Happy travels! 🙂

    • Yeah, actually it’s only in these short trips i become a very organize and good time keeper 😛 Though on my moody times i just go to the bustation/airport and take a flight on random 😛
      hahahha you did that in Surrey!! Goodness thankfully you were not staked in the tree as a bonfire!!! Though sometimes when i do take pictures, i have to restrain myself with ‘Down with the trees!’ i’m a tree lover, but it just annoys me whenn they are in my way of the viewfinder
      Ah so you’re the blogger of the care bear in crazyland!! way coool dude!! thanks and i hope you dont mind that i put you in the blog link!

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  6. Steve Said:

    I think I would be one of those people that would love London. I have so many places that I want to see when I’m there, but I just haven’t found the time to see it yet. Your list is great though and I think you hit everywhere that I want to see. I think you could probably hit all these areas in only 48 hours, but hopefully I would have more time than that.

    • I-am-aoisoba Said:

      i agree with you..it’s so easy to love london 🙂
      and yes 48 is veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery short! but if you are actually in transit or that you really have only that time to spare, i guess you have to imagine yourself as a contestant in amazing race 😀
      once you decided to go there you should share to me as well your fave places and we’ll compare notes *lol* or who knows i might bump into you in one of the pubs 😀

    • i agree with you..it’s so easy to love london 🙂
      and yes 48 is veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery short! but if you are actually in transit or that you really have only that time to spare, i guess you have to imagine yourself as a contestant in amazing race 😀
      once you decided to go there you should share to me as well your fave places and we’ll compare notes *lol* or who knows i might bump into you 😀

    • oh and steve you should let me know if you are going to dublin for blooms day :;) and bring your ulyssses book as well 😀

  7. James Allen Said:

    Hi,

    First, thanks for the post, really love reading it. I had a business trip to London 3 weeks ago. Before the trip I found by accident the website http://www.plnnr.com, since I had a free weekend in London PLNNR saved big time on planning my weekend. In few seconds I had my trip planned.

    James

    • Hi james thanks for visiting our site. i haven’t heard of plnnr.com. but i might try it next time. Cheers!-prime

  8. Hullo james,
    oh my friend did used this site before 🙂 it was actually handy,and you can easily access it anywhere you wanted (well provided there is an internet network), though sometimes i miss planning everything on paper and pencils 😀


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