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Lemonade London (I) written by Danielle Kang

2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open was held in Milton Keynes, a city within England, It’s about an hour train ride up north from London. Since I have never been to London I wanted to fit a trip to sightsee sometime during the week. Of course, missing the cut wasn’t part of the plan but hey what’s that quote that everyone says? Oh that’s right, “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.”

So I’ll call this trip, the Lemonade trip.

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Tower Bridge

Getting to and around London was quite easy! I downloaded an app called trainline and it provided me with the nearest stations, the train schedules, and also allowed me to purchase tickets directly from it. I suggest purchasing the ‘All Day Pass’ at the station because that saves you quite a bit of money. It covers your trip to and from wherever you are and cover the underground trains for the day. Trust me on this because I made the mistake of buying single passes and it cost me triple at the end of the day!

Many people advised me to do the hop-on hop-off double-decker tour bus, but since I like to do things on my own pace I just decided to walk. I took the underground train to the London Bridge stop and took a stroll to Tower Bridge.

Eventually I ended up walking from Tower Bridge to all the way to Buckingham Palace. I assure you, it is not an easy walk but most definitely worth it. On my route to the Buckingham Palace I walked into street markets, vintage shops, local restaurants and I truly felt the “London” vibe. As for tourist attractions, I saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Palace of Westminster, Jewel Tower, Parliament Square Garden, and St. James’s Park. If you’re visiting London as a tourist like me, walking is the best way to get the sense of this beautiful city.

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The iconic Red Telephone Booth in front of the British Library
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Westminster Abbey

We did take a taxi ride to Notting Hill. Taxis in London are very reasonably priced, just watched those traffic hours! To tourists, Notting Hill is famous for the colorfully painted homes and the stylish architecture. But in fact, it contains one of the most popular markets in London called Portobello Road Market! (Check out the food section of Lemonade London). They had vintage clothing, antiques, fresh farmers market and street food from all over the world!

 

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Notting Hill

London is an art of its own. To see everything may take up to weeks or months but we sure did make the best out of our Lemonade Trip!

P.S. For those of you who are crazy Harry Potter fans, the 9¾ Platform is located at the main level of the KING’S CROSS train station. Don’t forget to get your tickets to Hogwarts!!!

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