Picadilly Circus is a must see...
Picadilly Circus is a must see spot. It's similar to Time Square of New York City with all of the hustle and bustle of Taxi cabs hurrying back and forth every which way. Herrod's Department Store is near by where one can even purchase a mini submarine submersible! The small pubs strewn all over the city. My favorite pub snack was the Hot Curry Shrimp over rice dish. It was piping hot which was a welcome treat during the cold month of February.
World wide mail delivery and Internet
In London more and more alternative mail companies are active. MAIL BOXES ETC is one of them. This company has over 2 dozen London branches.
Most of the times the shop is very small, but offers all services. They also started given Internet access services at low rates.
A Short History of...
A Short History of London
Any visitor to London should know a little of its long history, so here goes. Londinium was an early Roman outpost, and after the departure of the Romans, it lost its obscurity until 886, when it again emerged as an important town under the control of King Alfred. Under the Normans and Plantagenets, the city grew commercially and politically and during the reign of Richard I (1189-99) obtained a form of municipal government from which the modern City Corporation developed. Medieval London saw the foundation of the Inns of Court and the construction of Westminster Abbey. By the 14th century London had become the political capital of England. The reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) brought London to a level of great wealth, power, and influence. In 1665 the great plague (the Black Death) took some 75,000 lives. This was followed by the Great Fire of London (see below) in September 1666, which lasted for 5 days and virtually destroyed the city. Sir Christopher Wren played a large part in the re-building of the city, designing more than 51 churches, notably the rebuilt St. Paul's Cathedral. Until Westminster Bridge was opened in 1750, London Bridge, first built in the 10th century, was the only bridge to span the River Thames. During the Victorian era London acquired tremendous prestige as the capital of the British Empire and as a cultural and intellectual centre. Many of the buildings in central London were destroyed or badly damaged in air raids during the Second World War, and some buildings still show evidence of this damage to this day. Unfortunately I don't have many photos of London, but there are loads of really good web sites available. I have found some of them that relate to the topics I've described, and made the links to the pages, so just click on them as you go, and discover what London is all about. Have a great tour! Geoff.
It's normal for us brits to have a spot of tea every now and again, although many people are turning to coffee.
In the mornings before leaving the house for work an english breakfast tea is served, green tea's are now very popular as is the snobbery of using tea bags instead of fresh tea leaves... but it does taste better Honest!!
Get yourself to whittards for a great selection of teas from all over the world... or at least just go in there to have a sniff of them...
Obviously you don't want to be burdened by unnecessary bags. Bring only what you need and try and choose the luggage with the wheels to make things easier for you. The weather is quite unpredictable in London. If you go in the summer time, most of the time its quite nice out. Its usually sunny, but there's always a chance for rain. So bring a jacket incase it rains or incase it gets cold. Other than that, I say be yourself. People always say wear nice walking shoes, etc... but if you want to wear boots and it doesn't bother you after all that walking... great! Wear boots. I just say as long as your comfortable, you'll be okay. I always say you need to bring some kind of anti-diarrhea medicine. Its usually handy if you should eat something that upsets your stomach. Other than that, you can get all your toiletries at drug stores like Boots. Yes... bring them. So many opportunities for great photos. Or bring your camcorder to record your adventures through the city. Bring a converter if you are coming from another country. I'd recommend purchasing some kind of travelguide so that you get the most out of your trip if you are unfamiliar with London.. At least that way you can see if a particular attraction is worth it or not.