Nearly two years ago now, my Gal Pal and I set off on our adventure of a lifetime, backpacking through Europe. So, I thought it was probably about time I started posting about the trip instead of putting it off indefinitely. Procrastination Queen, right here.
Briana and I were both planning a year or so living overseas so we decided to kickstart our trips with a bit of joint travelling. In typical Aussie Backpacker Style, we were planning on hitting as many destinations as we could in as little time as possible and first up was of course, London, England.
After packing our lives for the next year into a Backpack that was also small enough to use as carry on luggage on budget airline flights (mine tipped the scales at 11kg), we headed off to Brisbane International Airport for a late night flight to the mother country. About 24 hours later we were there and we headed off on the tube to our first Hostel, in Bayswater, right around the corner from Hyde Park. The location was great but the Hostel itself left much to be desired, which we also found to be the case with the other London hostel we stayed in later in our trip, and I've heard the same from other travellers along the way. But it was a roof over our heads and after as much sleep as we could force upon ourselves, we set off into London the next day. First Stop, Picadilly Circus, and as luck would have it, a Free Walking Tour offered by Free Tours of London was about to start and we set straight off with them on their "Royal Tour" (although they also offer tours of Soho, Jack the Ripper, and the Old City).
We hit up locations like Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, and Big Ben, as well as learning lots about the history of London. It was my first Free Walking Tour and since then whenever I'm off to a new city I check if they have one.
The next day we took a walk through Kensington Gardens to the Palace, and the Round Pond. We admired the flowers, and the swans before heading over to the underground (past the Royal Albert Memorial - wow!) and making our way into the East End of London - our hearts were set on a delicious curry for lunch on Brick Lane. We were not disappointed and filled our bellies to the brim!
We then took a gander at Spitalfields Markets which I would highly recommend! Lots of great (hipster) finds to be had! Handmade & Vintage clothes and accessories, knick knacks, records, craft beers, food - basically everything your little heart could desire.
The next day we packed our lives back into our packs and lugged them over to King's Cross Station as we were Scotland Bound!