History Lover's Paradise
If you are a history buff (and I am) you will love London. Even the most mundane day to day things seeth with history.
Tower Bridge is an excellent example. To us it is an mamazingly preserved example of Victorian functionality and presence but to Londoners it is just another bridge.
Its not a big area but worth to visit. Chinatown. There are countless small shops and restaurants. If you want to see a little bit of Chinese atmosphere and you have some time you can go there.
There I ate instant noodles, not the most delicious meal I ate in London but it was o.k. For sure there you can find better food as well.
The banks of the river
In most European cities, I've found out *walking* is a great idea. Then I started walking along the river THAMES from the London Eye until I crossed this very cool new bridge ("Millenium" bridge, I think) that's gets you close to St. Paul's Cathedral... that's a wonderful promenade.
Where Wellington used to live
Hyde Park Corner is quite literally on the Corner of Hyde Park. It's those incredible coincidences of name that make the Capital what it is today. It's the busiest roundabout (yes, roundabout, I don't think you get many of them in the USA) in London, where such luminary avenues as Piccadilly, Park Lane and Knightsbridge meet for a social chat. It is dominated by Wellington Arch (aka Green Park Arch or Constitution Arch), built by Decimus Burton in 1828, and topped by the largest statue in London, the Angel of Peace descending upon the Quadriga of War.
It used to have a large, ugly statue of the Duke of Wellington on top, but now there is a nicer one set aside from it, of the Duke on his beloved warhorse Copenhagen. He looks out to Apsley house, his former residence. This building has the marvellous address of No.1 London, for it was always the first London house you would see when appraoching from the West. Years ago, when Wellington was the PM he was known as the Iron Duke, not for his tough manner but because he put iron bars on his windows to stop angry mobs throwing things through them. It now houses the Wellington Museum, which displays among other things a large naked statue of the French dictator he defeated at Waterloo, Napoleon; indeed, you can see why they called him Boney Part.
For me London is also the home...
For me London is also the home of the best pop duo ever: EURYTHMICS, formed by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. Eurythmics was created in 1980 and after releasing eight fantastic records they split in 1990. In 1999, after a decade apart, they reunited in their album "Peace". Also Annie Lennox is a great artist being solo. Songs like Sweet Dreams, Here Comes The Rain Again, There Must Be An Angel, Thorn In My Side, You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart, Don't Ask Me Why or 17 Again are really masterpieces. Now Annie is preparing her third solo record "Bare" out in june 2003. Eurythmics music, talent and lyrics are wonderful. Annie has written lines like 'Love is rock and love is roll' or 'Dying is easy, it's living thats scares me to death', how right she is…