We found that national express coaches ran cheap return services under £20 from our town to Victoria coach station. We arrived in London just before the hustle and bustle of the Sunday morning, taking the London Underground to Piccadilly Circus. Day tickets can be bought from ticket machines at any tube station allowing you access to the underground, overground and buses. However, it is much cheaper to pay as you go with a contactless card, oyster card or even Apple Pay by tapping at the entry points, as daily capping limits travel in zones 1-2 to £6.80. Any travel after the £6.80 is free.
We immersed ourselves, getting lost in the heart of Piccadilly, Regent Street and Carnaby Street with the billboards, crowds and street performances, before making our way to Chinatown for lunch snacks at small bakeries like Golden Gate cake shop. I highly recommend their char siu roast pork buns and red bean moon cakes. Then gushing down at “Cuppacha” for some bubble tea; matcha milk tea with tapioca pearls was my favourite flavour. We took the Northern Line and Jubilee Line bound to Southwark station, heading to the Tate Modern. We enjoyed the provocative works of Jenny Holzer – be sure to visit it before summer 2019. You can also head to the 10th floor for great views of the Thames from the viewing deck. Sadly, sky garden was closed but, I would also recommend it as it is free but make sure to book time slots in advance. We ventured over to Westminster, taking in views from Westminster Bridge of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. We followed the Bakerloo to our dinner location at MW Chinese to get the most for our money.
Before heading into the night to take in the exhilarating dazzles from the illuminated Tower Bridge (not to be confused with London Bridge). As the drawbridge drew to a close, so did our day. We hastily made it back to Victoria coach station via the District Line, with 20 minutes to spare before our departure at 8pm.