Travel Places: My London Big 5 (No. 1 South African High Commission/ Trafalgar Square)

My London Big 5

I’m very proudly South African. I like to think that anyone who interacts with me will know this after about 30 seconds. Moving to London was a much bigger adjustment than I thought it would be. It’s only very recently that I’ve started to appreciate the city for all its magnitude and diversity, and finally I can say I’m happy to be a Londoner.

However, South Africa will always be home (and I can’t wait to move back one day). That means that I am always on the look out for reminders of home in this beautiful, crazy city. For this series of 5 posts, I went on the hunt for MY LONDON BIG 5.

By sharing with you where you can find pockets of South Africa in London I’m hoping that it will encourage Londoners to explore the SA side of London, BUT more than that I hope that it be more of a reason for all my London friends to book their tickets and visit South Africa! Just imagine how amazing the real big 5 will be!

Heads up: 

I saw My London Big 5 in one day. I walked 16km and was absolutely exhausted. You can easily split this over two days or just make use public transport more than I did…no pressure guys.

Here we go…

My London Big 5 no 1: South African High Commission/ Trafalgar Square 

Cost: £0

What a great find! Not only do you get to see the beautiful SA High Commission built in the 1930s, but just a stone’s throw away you can see Trafalgar Square and of course pop into the National Gallery!

Trafalgar Square is also home to four monumental bronze lions (on Nelson’s column), so it’s a pretty great way to start your urban safari.

Charing Cross Station London
Stop 1: Charing Cross Station heading towards the High Commission of South Africa
SA High Commission Trafalgar Square
SA High Commission
SA High Commission Trafalgar Square
SA High Commission

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetTrafalgar Square London

Lions Nelson's Column
On a real safari, you are not allowed to climb on the lions either, cheers London
Trafalgar Square London
The SA High Commission is located right behind the trees
National Gallery Trafalgar Square London
The National Gallery

Being at Trafalgar Square at 07:30 was certainly a highlight. It’s quite something to see this popular area so calm. However you choose to see Trafalgar Square just be there as early as possible (the same can be said for taking care of business in the SA High Commission).

Next up: Take a look at My London Big 5 (no. 2 – 5). I just got started!

Check out the short video of my day:




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