Take a break on the South Bank
You will surely take a walk on the South Bank on the way to London Bridge or H.M.S. after checking what's going on at the Tate Modern. You can't miss the "pocket" with snack stands and small shops on your way, to your right. You can snack on a bagel, have a Nero coffee or shop around at a smaller version of Monsoon (dreamy outfits), accesorize (for bijuterie) etc... You will also find these statues made of steel, to co-memorate the happenings of the WW II. They're modern and kinda cool..
Of course, I'm such a wonderful traveler that I don't remember the name of this spot and never actually paid attention! Anybody who knows; please let me know? Thanks... Countless times, I sat by the river with a coffee in my hand, alone or with many of my friends who were so kind to visit me... On happy days, sad days, lonely days, the day that I got promoted, the day that I thought I'll never find a job, an apartment, etc... The river, just has this calming effect, reminding you of life flows just the way the Thames does...
Carol Ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral
If you ever are in London over Christmas, you must attend the carol ceremony held on the 24th at approx 16h00. Get there fairly early as the people start queuing from about 14h00 onwards already. It is definitely worth it and one of the few ways to see the cathedral for free.
Eyes peeled for the round blue discs
One of the great delights of London is spotting Blue Plaques that have been put up to commemorate where a famous person has lived.
I find it amazing that you can walk down a street numerous times, and then suddenly spot one the plaques hidden away on the corner of some unprepossessing building.
The first one went up in 1867 to Lord Byron, and now there are nearly 800 of them. Every letter of the alphabet is covered (except x) - so happy hunting.
Incidentally, if you want to nominate someone to fill the 'X' spot they have to be born at least 100 years ago, or have been dead for 20 years.
The scheme is now administered by English heritage (find their full list at www.english-heritage.org.uk)
The top five to find ? Check out www.blueplaque.com
Swiss Re 2
This is the main entrance to the building in St Mary Axe.
The building was designed by (Lord) Norman Foster and constructed by Skanska at a cost of £ 131 m
The building has been nominated for other construction awards.
30 St Mary Axe
Despite all their shortcomings, the English have an innate sense of fairness. When waiting for something it is only fair that the people who arrived before you get to go ahead of you. This applies to all situations whether it is waiting for a beer at the pub, waiting to check in at the airport, or in a car waiting to get into a single lane of traffic.
People who flout this rule and try to jump ahead will not be popular in England.
And if you try, don't think people won't notice, as they will.
Let me give you an example how conscious people are. In a pub someone goes to the bar and notices that another person is already waiting to be served. The barman may go straight to the second person and ask what they want.The person will decline to be served telling the barman that the other person has been waiting longer. It is not uncommon for this to happen.