Everyone knows London and it’s the most visited city in England! It’s also the largest city in Europe by population and it’s enormous size can let you wonder for hours. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to visit museums and has beautiful heritage for sightseeing. No matter how many people love it, let me take you on a short tour through London streets and visit a lesser known Guildford town for a weekend getaway.
We started our weekend walking through the streets of London without any plan. You know, London is a great place to get lost! But in a good way of course. It’s a place where you’ll never get bored, because on every corner you’ll notice that every street has it’s own character and if you like architecture you’ll enjoy walking there a lot.
We walked and walked the entire day at the city center. I enjoy that feeling when you get to know the place as you were living there. We also both love to enter hidden inner courtyards which otherwise would be unknown for an ordinary eye. We love to discover details that aren’t so accurate for every visitor.
I would say one day is enough to discover London, but it’s for sure not enough to feel it. It has it’s very own spirit. You can spend hours walking in old part of London and you’ll notice you feel calm. It was like a relaxation or meditation for us after a long trip in SE Asia.
I know we went into Sherlock Holmes museum accidentally, found a fine place to eat and spend some time at the park. Yeah, London has beautiful and large parks. Of course, you have to be lucky, because it rains a lot there, so you might not be able to enjoy it as much as we did.
One of the highlights (or not) was a Tesla store. We like the idea that more and more people could switch to more sustainable solutions and buy electric powered vehicles.
After some time in London we spent and entire day in Guildford town. Which is located just 40 minutes from central London and is very easy reached by train.
It’s the town in England which fascinates me the most. I should say it’s not because my sister lives there, but it’s truly a lovely place to discover. So one of the reasons was why we chose England as our stopover from SE Asia, because I wanted to show this town for Justinas. Of course having a little more time on our hands really helped us get under the skin of one of the most unique and beautiful medieval cities in England.
Guildford is a vibrant market town that features cobbled alleys with hundreds of stores. No wonder it’s a popular shopping destination. You can find every taste shops from high-street favourites to independent craft, book and clothing stores.
Streets full of History
Guildford is a great place for history lovers. Guildford has a strong Saxon background dating back to the 10th century, the town has many historic buildings. And these buildings clearly demonstrate the evolution of the town over time.
Castle on Top of the Hill
One of the main attractions in Guildford is the castle, located on a hill overlooking the town. Although the panoramic view from the hill is spectacular we couldn’t resist the idea to take a look at the panorama with drone.
Of course, you can head to the visitors platform on the roof of the Great Tower and see pretty same panorama!
This place without it’s great panoramic view is surrounded by park with flourished gardens in it. So it’s a wonderful spot to sit back on a bench with a cup for tea form a nearby cafe.
Take a Stroll in Loseley Park
This park is insanely big and it’s a favourite place to go for a walk with dogs. It has massive green are where dogs can run and play, and their owners relax. So if you are a dog lover or if it happens to you as it was for us that we haven’t seen dog for ages, and wanted to cuddle all the happy four-legged park visitors!
This town is where you can sit, relax and admire the beauty of nature. If you are the person who enjoys it on your vacation then Guildford should be on your list.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.