28 Jul London: Bankside Sunset
Both of us luckily survived from not having jetlag and were still able to enjoy our first afternoon/evening in Southbank area of London. Upon checking into the hotel, I immediately online reserved our ride on the London Eye. We then walked to Tate Modern which was once a power station that’s now transformed into an iconic modern and contemporary art museum. Check out their website to see their latest exhibition.
Reserve online for London Eye can save you up to 20% off but I would not recommend to reserve days ahead as weather in London is unpredicable. I would say reserve a couple hours before and you should be good.
The view overlooking Thames River was quite nice and I’m glad there were not many people in each cabin. You can always have some best spots for the view. However I find the tickets are quite expensive especially after the exchange rate, it’s close to $40 per person for a 30mins ride. If you are not that interested in the view from top, you can actually skip this. I personally don’t think this is a must-do activity in London.
We spent the whole evening strolling along bankside and I was amazed by how spectacular our first sunset in London was. I just couldn’t help by asking Will to take countless pictures of the House of Parliament and Big Ben during the magic hour.
Explore Southbank on foot – it’s an easy walk with signs and directions to main attractions (London Eye, Big Ben, Millenium Bridge, Tower Bridge etc) and it comes with an awesome view.