I spent 6 hours in London on my way to Italy 🇮🇹. I contemplated for weeks about whether or not I should leave the airport and explore or stay put and bare the 6 hr layover. I’ve gone through that airport before, but never had time like this to leave and explore. I also was thinking and remembering how big London Heathrow Airport is and how I didn’t want to walk all over it just to exit (lazy moment 😩).
How would I store my luggage (which I had to pick up and recheck)? How would I get around? Uber? Taxi? Was it worth the £50 (about $64ish USD) Uber ride each way to and from Buckingham Palace. My flight landed at 5:55AM, was anything worth doing even going to be open?
I realized after questioning myself that I was not living my full potential. I was not living my best life. I was living a nervous life, a scared life. A questioning life. Why would I spend 6 hrs in an airport in a city that I had never explored before?
I realized I was going to seize this great opportunity and “make it work!”
-Since I could not check my luggage with my airline yet, I ended up storing my luggage at Excess Baggage Company. I found the prices to be reasonable. £7.50 for 3 hrs of storage or £12.50 for 24 hrs, which is the option I chose. They have a facility in every terminal of Heathrow (make sure you remember which one you stored at). Very quick and convenient service.
-I had a great time navigating London’s Underground (subway system). If you’re familiar with public transportation, specifically in Chicago or New York, you’ll be able to navigate very easy. Instead of paying £50 one-way just to go to Buckingham Palace, I paid £10 to ride the Underground all day and got the money back that I didn’t even use.
Catch the Underground directly from the airport to get to your hotel or just to explore. I became acquainted with the woman I was sitting next to on the plane and we ended up riding the Subway together since we were headed in the same direction. You can buy an Oyster card at their self service kiosk.
Along with riding the Underground and navigating my way, I discovered the app Rome2Rio! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this before! Great navigational tool. This told me which line to take and where to get off at. Worked great.
-I decided that I would pick 1 major site to see within my time frame. Although total I had 6 hours until my next flight, after public transport transfers, wanting (because I’m never one to miss a flight + having (having because LHR is so damn big and there’s a lot of walking involved) to be back for my next flight within 2 hrs of take off, it really turned out to be about 2 hrs of explore time. It was about a 45 minute ride from LHR Airport to Buckingham Palace. But luckily the train stop is about a 2 minute walk through an absolutely stunning park once departing the train station to reach the Palace.
6:30 A.M. View
10:30 A.M. View
Seeing Buckingham Palace was amazing. A little disappointed because The Queen, Meghan, and Harry all knew I was coming that morning and no one came out to great me, the real queen 👸🏾🤷🏾♀️ Like what kind of treatment is that? 🙄
Because it was only about 6:45 in the morning, I was able to get some really great shots of the Palace without many tourist around. I think I saw more locals out for a morning jog then I seen tourist trying to take pictures. It was a very gloomy morning, but hey 🤷🏾♀️ it’s London folks.
Queen Victoria Memorial
After seeing Buckingham Palace, I had some time left to spare. Below is what I ran into…
Who needs cell phones? 📱
I’m an Instagram model now, right? 🙄🤦🏾♀️
It doesn’t get more tourist than a red Double-Decker bus in London.
For what I got to see in such a little time, London is a beautiful city. It reminded me A LOT of Chicago. Very excited to return in May of 2019 and take in the rest of the sights that got skipped this trip. But until then…
London Eye’ll-C-You 👁