I arrived in London, England on Saturday morning, July 15th for my summer experience with Golin, a renound public relations firm with several locations around the globe. When I first arrived, I had a contrived notion that everyone would speak with a British accent. Sounds pretty dead on, right? Well not exactly. One of the first things I noticed as I headed to my AirBnb in Kensington on the train was that, apart from native Londoners, everyone seemed to speak a different lanauge. Thanks to four years of French in high school, that was the only one I could recognize. I came to see in the coming days that London could be considered one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
I settled into to my rented baememt apartment Saturday afternoon and almost immediately hit the road to explore. I headed straight for Kensington Gardens where Kensington Palace was located.
The train system was easy to figure out once I got settled. I am proud to say I have yet to get on the wrong train on the London Underground. This is a major feat, considering I have only been on MARTA in Atlanta about a handful of times. This is the BEST form of transportation in London. You can literally go anywhere and the routes are very uncomplicated. On Sunday I was able to navigate myself to Notting Hill and Portobello Road for a long flea market and colorful street food. Notting Hill is easy to spot because the homes surrounding the area are painted bright or pastel. This seemed to be the signature look of Notting Hill and part of the reason that it’s such a photogenic area.
Afterwards I took the train down to the heart of London. I paid 32 pounds to take a bus tour and a river cruise. I took the river cruise from Westminster/Big Ben to the Tower of London. I ended up walking back almost 5 miles because I didn’t want to miss any good spots. London is a VERY walkable city. I decided not to even use the hop on hop off bus ticket because I wanted to get a walking tour experience.
Meghan de St. Aubin