London, threeSaturday, June 04, 2016
Welcome to New Cross! I had to wait here for one hour, standing right by the street. It was perfect to observe people and to get a sense of how this district differs from other parts of London. Here, it was even more international - I didn't believe that was even possible -, the plenty of black people and Afican food shops was so unusual for me to see in a European city. Busses passed every minute or less, there was so much traffic and it was an overall very lively atmosphere. You could also see creative minded students of the Goldsmiths University from afar, shining through there colorful hair or their special style.
We took the Overground, which I preferred to the narrow, low and uncomfortable underground, to the station London Bridge. There was a complete different mood to this part of London. It seemed like there were a lot of different offices so the side streets were crowded with people wearing suits, problably spending their lunch breaks in extremely expensive restaurants. We walked further to the river and already saw the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London from afar. These building were impressive and the view over the Themes standing on the Tower Bridge reminded me a little bit of Hamburg and made me feel at home immediately.
The final stop of my trip was Shoreditch, a very hip - and i guess really gentrified - district in London full of street art, cafés and little shops selling self-made stuff. We walked through the Brick Lane which is a really long street full of art and shops. I wish to get here in the evening again to catch the mood, which I didn't really feel in the daytime. From there I walked back to Liverpool Street, amazed at the huge and architectural divers office buildings. From there, I got my coach back to Stansted Airport and said farewell to this exceptional city.