My trip to Europe is fast approaching – less than 2 months to go until I depart now! As you may remember from this post, I am doing the European Quest Contiki in Europe and had also booked on the London Uncovered tour before the European Quest begins. However, slightly bad news – Contiki decided to cancel the London Uncovered tour as there wasn’t enough people booked on it (even though it was a Definite Departure and not supposed to be cancelled haha).
Anyway, it could be worse – it could by my European Quest tour that was cancelled so no drama – Contiki offered me an alternative option – the London Explorer tour which was about $300 cheaper but this isn’t a tour as such, more like a self-guided thing. I worked out that it would be cheaper to get a refund and then book myself a room at the Royal National hotel for the 6 nights and then do my own thing so my travel agent is in the process of sorting that out at the moment. The nice part about this is that I won’t have to share a room with a stranger for this week as well!
My friend Jason who is flying over to London with me will be there for a few days, so we’ve planned a few things – we’re going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour on one day and have also booked tickets to see Aladdin.
For the other few days that I’m in London, I have a rough idea of what I’ll probably do, although I’d rather not make solid plans in case something else comes up. But at this stage, I plan to spend my first full day in London sorting out a Sim card for my phone so I can use it throughout Europe – hoping I can pick up a Sim from UK provider Three, as they seem to offer the best pay as you go deals with free roaming in a bunch of countries throughout Europe. I also want to hit up Oxford Street which I hear is London’s centre of shopping!
The other thing I’m considering booking for London is a Hop on Hop off tour with Big Bus London – I used this company in New York and was quite impressed. It’s a great way to get a tour of London and it stops right outside the Royal National hotel as well – easy! This way I can see where everything is and then come back to visit the places I want to see, like the Tower of London and the British Museum.
I’ll probably need to fit in a visit to the laundromat before I leave London too because who knows how often I’ll be able to wash my clothes while on my Europe tour!