Like all great cities there...
Like all great cities there are many 'must-see's '. London has something for everyone. The weather can't be guaranteed , but because of it's position on the SE of the UK, actually gets reasonable weather most of the year,including a fair bit of sun. ( Americans be prepared ! ) Joking aside, the weather in London is usually ok. Must-see's , the following are my personal favourites
1. Trafalgar Square- See the lions of empire ( statues) Nelson's column and of course the pidgins.
2. Buckingham Palace. The Queen's residence. Architecturally impressive, this Georgian Palace is a must see. Just standing outside the gates , you will get a feel of Royal power and prestige ( beneficently wielded ) There is an aura, a kind of magic. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea , but worth seeing in any case. The road leading to the palace, the mall is worth seeing also . ( don't just get a taxi, walk down the tree lined mall from Admiralty arch ). 3.Westminster - Visit the Abbey- beautiful building , packed with history. See the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben clock, statue of King Richard ( the Lion heart ) outside. ( see the Cabinet war rooms if you have time- a reconstruction of Churchill's bunker of WW 2 London ). 4. Tower of London ( former fortress, jewel safe, garrison and former place of execution ) . The real crown jewels are a star attraction here. 5. British museum - great exhibits from 250 years of Empire and much more from Ancient Egypt to contemporary times- a must see. 6. Hyde park ( visit speakers corner ) and Kensington gardens- walk around and enjoy ! 7. Go to Harrods shop ( store ) in Knightsbridge- see where the rich and famous shop. 8. The London wheel- I haven't tried it yet and have heard mixed reviews. 9. Go to St.Pauls Cathedral ( no introduction necessary ) 10. Visit Mme Tussaud's Wax Museum. Piccadilly Circus- it may be corny, but go anyway. Say hello to the statue of Eros. 12. If you have time, take a boat ride up the Thames. I have several. I always feel ' energized ' when in London. From black taxi cabs to red buses, a ride on the tube( subway ), the great buildings, museums ...the list goes on.
The Tower Bridge , named after its two impressive towers, is one of London's best known landmarks. This Victorian Bridge is now more than 100 years old. Designed by Wolfe Barry and Horace Jones, and completed in 1894, the middle of the bridge can be raised to permit large vessels to pass the Tower Bridge. It used to be raised about 50 times a day, but nowadays it is only raised 4 to 5 times a week.
The bridge is 60 meters long and its towers rise to a height of 43 meters. From the top of the towers, you have a great view on the center of London. You can also visit the inside of the tower, where you can observe the original mechanism used to raise the bridge.
Living In A Box
When we went to London on the 25th September 2003 we joined in the mass hysteria and went along to Tower Bridge to see David Blaine in his self imposed exile in his perspex box. Quite why he wanted to do it was beyond me but we weren`t the only curious people there. After watching him for five minutes I found it hard to believe why anybody would want to stay any longer, but they did. I don`t think he hardly moved the whole time we were there, watching the crowd was far more interesting and the only reason we were there for so long was because Tower Bridge was due to open up and I had never seen that happen before.
Ironically if we had gone a bit later in the evening it would have been a lot livlier, while watching the news it turned out that somebody had let off fireworks and fired paint bombs at the box.
Fair play to David Blaine though I could never have done what he did.
A friend lived in England for many years. When he decided to leave there, “the most unforgettable thing”, he said, “is the peaceful circumstance”.
Yes, I also felt it often when I was staying there. Blue sky and white cloud, green farm, quiet library and polite people (except football fun). These are always in my memory.
There is a music concert in St. James Park. People sat down or lay on grass ground, in sunshine or under shadow of trees. What a peaceful life on Sunday!
Wet weather gear!
A must in your luggage is an sizeable umbrella or cagoule for pounding the city streets. No mattewr what time of year the weather can be dreary, especially in the last 2 years. In the summer you should also bring some warm clothes as you never know what the weather will be like.