Considering exploring what our nearest neighbours in the UK have to offer? Why not take a break from your studies for a while and embark on a little adventure during your mid-term break. Our ambassador from Malaysia and student at IT Sligo, Joey Sing Yun Chui did just that!

I decided to take a trip to London right after my exams. What better way to reward myself for all that hard work than a mini break away? It was a childhood dream of mine to visit London. I was so excited! “London, here I am!” I shouted to myself as the plane touched down on the runway. I could not believe that I was finally here.

London street with red phone box, red double decker bus and black cab

I arrived early in the morning, seven o clock to be exact. As most of us will already know, you can’t check into a hostel until 3pm! So, I was left with no choice but to start my sightseeing straight away. The very first place I went to was London Bridge. I spent almost two full hours there just taking photos. After that, I decided to take a stroll around the famous Borough Market and to fill up my stomach while there. I got myself a British style burger and let me tell you I was not disappointed. It was absolutely delicious! Bring your appetite as there is a lot of food on offer. I really wanted to stop at The British Museum but sadly I could not enter as I was carrying luggage. Save this visit for after you have dropped off your bags!

view of the River Thames at dawn

Early morning view of the River Thames, London

On my second day I decided on a visit to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, seeing the Horse Guard Parade, China town, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park. A lot to fit in in one day. It was a beautiful day and I was blessed with good weather which meant I could take a lot of photographs. I felt right at home among all the other tourists. I was lucky enough to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It was spectacular to witness and a remarkable experience for me. I enjoyed the fresh air as I ended my day in the park and for the first time in my life caught sight of a bushy-tailed squirrel.

Clock tower next to the sign for London underground station

Big Ben, London

My trip of a lifetime ended with a spot of retail therapy as I shopped on Oxford Street. Overall I spent three days and two nights in London. I wish I could have spent longer there but I had to get back to my studies. I will be paying a visit again for sure. I loved this city! If you have any questions or love London as much as I do leave me a comment below.