It was a mid June, a pleasant weekend morning in down town London. I was staying not too far from Oxford Street. Actually I was a couple of blocks away from this busy and lively street in London. On the next trip to London, I would try a different choice instead of staying in a hotel. I think it would give me a slightly different feel & vibe. Just a thought.
I had a 3-day stay before heading down to Republic of Guinea in West Africa, where I worked at that time. I wasted no time in exploring the city, as much as I could; knowing too well that when I gone back to Guinea, it was going to be as contrast as day and night. Buckingham Palace was my first stop!
I was excited. That was my first time visiting the palace, and if I was lucky I could see the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t cooperating. It rained, as I went out of the hotel building. I heard that the ceremony might be canceled when the weather is not permitting. Well, I didn’t get to witness the ceremony at the palace that morning. I decided to explore the Harrods afterwards. Another must-see places in London.
Harrods was a real treat! I wasn’t going to spend a fortune for clothing or other accessories, but the setup of this famous high-end mall was pleasant enough to admire. There was a theme on the lower ground, all about Egyptian, Pyramids and Giza. I thought that was very interesting and intricately done. I did however, bought myself a nice piece of tie, for memory of shopping place of the rich and famous.
The rain wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. I thought this is going to be all-indoor day for the rest of the day. I spent enough time at Harrods and I was thinking about where I would hang out next. Soho! Rain of shine, I thought I should visit this interesting place in London’s west end. It turned out to be a wise decision I made that day. As soon as I arrived in Soho, rain stopped. Sky slowly cleared up, and the time was a little past 2. Exploring Soho was one of my best experience in London.
As far as looking for places to stay, I would go with more online options in the future. Hotels do offer good deals and plenty of them to choose from, but there are other choices like homestays, renting rooms, etc. that equally practical and value for money.