I follow the blog posts from A Lady in London, and she once asked something to the effect of "What would be your perfect day in London?" I sent along a comment, and realized that my perfect day would actually be the perfect first experience for any new visitor to London. I always tell people that the first thing they should do is take a Tube ride to the Westminster stop.
You'll come up from underground right at Parliament and Big Ben. There's so much to do around this one point, all of which is free. You can walk around Parliament Square and feast your eyes on Westminster Abbey. Walk back to where you got the Tube and head up Whitehall - see if you can actually see No. 10 Downing St. Or walk over the Westminster bridge and enjoy the sight of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. All these areas are terrific to experience but they are very crowded. My favorite place to escape is pictured right here. I like to walk on the embankment, north of the Thames. It's a lovely stroll dotted with benches and greenery. You'll pass the Westminster Pier, where you can grab a tour boat. And you can also get great photos of the London Eye from this general area.
Further up the street is lovely Whitehall Gardens. I love walking through this place-it's pretty, and perfectly peaceful. When you leave the gardens (the exit by the statue in this photo), if you turn left and walk up the street, you'll be back at Whitehall, across from "Horse Guards." There's always a guard mounted on a horse for you to take a photo of. If you're not ready for the crowds on Whitehall, you can continue walking further up the embankment, and you'll eventually come to the Embankment Tube stop.
You can always take in the Victoria Embankment gardens, or pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers that are sold at this Tube stop. By the time you've done all this walking and exploring, it'll be time for a stop at a pub, or maybe just McDonalds. Yes, there's on one Whitehall. Sometimes when you're in a new place, it's just as fun to discover an old familiar face. You could grab a bite and then go down and sit on a bench along the embankment. It will give new meaning to the "happy meal." :)
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