Even for people outside the UK, London is somewhat of a wonder. It is, after all, home to Buckingham Palace and world-famous sights like The Tower of London. And, let’s be honest; the idea of black cabs and red telephone boxes is a draw for many. As European capitals go, ours is right up there with Paris.
That said, London can be daunting if it’s your first time in the capital. With an estimated population of 8,673,713 and an underground system fit to baffle any first-timer, it’s easy to get lost in the madness. Hence why it’s worth planning what you want to do before you head off. To avoid getting lost, it might also be worth sticking to the Central Line.
Highlighted on any underground map in red, this 46-mile long, 40-stop line is longest of all,. And, its ‘central’ status ensures it’ll provide you with chances to see a great deal of London’s best sights. So, without further ado, let’s look at a few central line stops worth attention.
Bethnal Green is one of the most iconic names on the Central Line, so it makes sense to start here. Most noticeably, this is home to the iconic Tower Bridge. Aside from that, a trip here ensures you see areas like Shoreditch and Brick Lane. As if that weren’t enough, you could even head to Old Spitalfields Market. Held on a daily basis, this provides the ideal opportunity to get stuck into a little Victorian London.
Next, hop back on board for a trip to Oxford Circus. Here you’ll find yourself between the iconic Oxford and Regent Streets. This is perfect for those looking for some London shopping opportunities. Oxford Street boasts of everything from Hamleys, to the world-famous Selfridges. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also have a chance to see the Marble Arch, which has been in its Oxford Street location since 1851. In short; this is a stop well worth making.
Last, but by no means least, why not stop off at Notting Hill? Ever since the film of the same name rocketed this location to our attention, it’s been a top tourist spot for many. As can be seen from this tube map of London music festivals, it also forms the setting for the Notting Hill carnival, while being in close proximity to the Bushstock Festival in nearby Shepherd’s Bush .A trip to Portobello Road could see you walking among coloured houses of Notting Hill fame. The market here could also be the ideal place to bag a bargain or two. You could also visit the stunning Ladbroke Square, where you could cool off in some greenery after your busy city day.
So, there you have it; a whistle-stop tour of London without having to change tube lines. There are, of course, other amazing sights worth your attention. But, a trip like this could be the ideal way to adjust to London life without losing yourself in the process.
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