Spring is a popular time in the United Kingdom. Temperatures are thawing, flowers blooming and emails from Delta offering ridiculously cheap business class flights. I had visited London many years ago on a trip in grade school, but felt I should return as an adult.
I hired a car and took a trip into the city, staying at a random, local hotel. First things first, Americans are used to spacious amenities. London’s very foundation is cramped, small spaces barely tolerable to a normal human. I didn’t stay in a low-end hotel, but was quite surprised at the lack of space in the room, especially for being a 6′ guy. The room was designed for sleeping, nothing else; much like my trip to Tokyo, Japan.
London is a very walkable city, if you stay in central London, you can just about see all the typical tourist attractions on foot, or via the tube. Hiring a taxi is quite expensive – use it sparingly. If you’re traveling from abroad, check the exchange rate versus the Euro. If traveling from the USA, the Euro is worth more than the dollar, meaning you get less for your US money there. The exchange rate (if really far off) can make simple purchases into costly investments (especially taxis).
I arrived in late spring and the weather was actually GREAT! The Sun was shining and tourists were out strolling around in the mild 60F (15C) temperatures.
While in London, I took in one of my favorite shows at the Apollo Victoria, Wicked. It’s really cool to see an awesome US Show with funny British accents. As always, the technical and theatrical expertise were on-point, something I’ve come to enjoy as I’ve seen Wicked many times.
Most of the London nightlife it pretty chill with lots of great local pubs to visit. If you’re looking for excitement, you should visit the Ministry of Sound. It is T-H-E destination if you’re intro electronic and dance music and looking to dance the night away to the best local and international DJs.