London and the Lake District

IMG-20170911-WA0008Hoy una amiga de nos va a hablar de dos destinos ingleses muy especiales: Londres y el Distrito de los Lagos. Esperemos que os guste su artículo y que podáis encontrar alguna recomendación útil para vuestros próximos viajes. Que disfrutéis de la lectura y que aprovechéis la ocasión para aprender y practicar vuestro inglés!

My name is Lauren and I work for an education charity in London. I moved here two years ago, after graduating from the exciting university city of Leeds. Before that I spent some time living near Madrid, and I grew up in the leafy county of Cheshire in north west England. This relatively small country has a lot to offer, and I love the fact that my two favourite places to be are complete opposites and yet equally as fantastic as one another.

When you visit England, London is always the first destination of choice. It is drenched in culture (and sometimes rain!), filled to the brim with delectable restaurants, and jam-packed with shows and events for all the family. In London, you are never short of things to do and places to visit, really it is many cities in one.
You’ve got Stratford, and it’s impressive Olympic Legacy. The Westfield Shopping Centre is crammed with shops for all tastes, and set to grow further in the coming years. The Olympic Park is a gorgeous area of green space just a stone’s throw from central London, and old-town Stratford has all of the colours and culture of this vibrant area.
Clapham, to the south of London, is a cosy part of the city. With lots of young families and new-to-London workers, the leafy centrepiece Clapham Common is always busy with picnic-goers and barbeques. A sprinkle of trendy restaurants and bars makes Clapham a great place to visit.
Up in the north west of the city, is the lovely Queen’s Park. It may be small, but it’s picturesque park and independent cafes and restaurants make it a lovely place to visit. Go along on a Sunday and there is a Farmers Market in the playground of the local primary school, which really gives you a community feel, just four stops from Paddington station.
If you aren’t convinced by that, then you have always got the old favourites slap bang in the middle of town: Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Houses of Parliament.


The Lake District
Whilst London has an endless list of things to keep you occupied, sometimes all you want is to switch off, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy the countryside. For me, there is nowhere better in the world than the Lake District. An hour’s drive from Manchester, or a two-and-a-half hour train from London takes you to the breath-taking scenery of Cumbria.
I have visited this place hundreds of times over the years, and my grandparents still live up there. True to its name, the lakes of the Lake District are glorious, if a little cold for swimming. The mountainous landscape rises majestically above the sweeping valleys, including the highest peak in England – Scafell Pike at 978m. If you aren’t keen on hiking up a mountain, the valley and lake trails are equally as impressive.
On a stunning blue-sky weekend, I can’t think of anywhere more beautiful in the world. On a stormy day, the excitement of wrapping up warm in waterproofs and wellington boots makes for a memorable experience too. Prepare yourself for limited phone signal, but for maximum fun and beauty.
My only recommendation would be that if you can’t fit them both in one trip, come back again very soon!