London travel app for iPhones/iPods
I've just downloaded a neat little App which has been showing me around London. It's called Superlative London. It's a bit of a Guinness Guide in some ways - biggest, best, oldest, poshest, most popular, only this and that etc but you can of course visit everything here as it’s a travel guide. It does the tourist stuff, oldest statue, tallest buildings etc, as well as clever local stuff too, from dining in "London's gutsiest restaurant" (St John - specialising in offal - which I love!) to seeing the “biggest ever photograph of London” (in City Hall - some amazing pix of this posted on the App) - and the “widest choice of coffee sold in London” - at the brilliant little Algerian Coffee Stores in Soho. Only £1.79 – as the blurb says – “cheaper than a cappuccino and lasts longer” - recommended. You can get it at http://sutromedia.com/apps/Superlative_London A coffee in Neal's Yard, watching a (really good) busker in Covent Garden, shopping in Spitalfields, a glass of wine in dusty old Gordon's Wine Bar on Villiers Street, crossing Waterloo Bridge on a glorious sunny day and taking in the view looking east, a pint of real ale in a traditional London pub (beware fakes!), browsing around Liberty's, searching for treasure in the British Museum, wondering at the natural world in the Natural History Museum. strolling around the Inns of Court, knowing that only a handful of visitors (and not many more locals) even know about these incredible little oases in the heart of London, looking at the London Eye by night - yes, it's a tourist trap (though I've been on twice!), yes it's horribly expensive, but what a great sight....
The natural science museum in...
The natural science museum in South Kensington is probably the best natural science museum I have seen so far. With its huge collection of specimens and exhibits, it is an extermely entertaining and educational tour if you are interested in widelife.
City Churches: St. Lawrence Jewry
Baroque grandeur - a splendid Christopher Wren interior dating from the 1670s and early 1680s. It was heavily damaged by bombing during World War II, but carefully restored in the 1950s. This is the official church of the Corporation of the City of London - next door to the Guildhall - and no longer a functioning parish church. It's located on Gresham Street.
The name derives from its location close to the medieval Jewish ghetto. Later, during the Renaissance, Thomas More used to preach here before he became a Cardinal.
London Bridge is falling down...
As you cross London Bridge, you will see the much more famous Tower Bridge away to the East. This Bridge is often confused with London Bridge, but has only been around for a century. There has been a "London Bridge" for much longer: in fact the Romans 2000 years ago first put a bridge over the Thames here, in 53AD, when they founded Londinium Augusta.
The song about the bridge "falling down" dates back to Danish times, referring to the Danish raids on Saxon Lundenwic. Back in the middle ages the Bridge was adorned with heaps of buildings, shops, houses and the like, and at the southern end were the looming Gates of the City. On top of these gates were the heads of 'traitors', such as Anne Boleyn. The first man to have his head on display here was William Wallace, the Scots hero.
The present Bridge dates from the 1970s. The previous one had to be replaced because it was sinking into the Thames, and so it was sold to a man from the USA, who took it back to Arizona and reconstructed it in his home town of Lake Havasu City. The tale goes that he thought he was buying Tower Bridge, but when he built it he realised he'd got the wrong thing.
That always happens to me at IKEA!
Fancy a Nap ?
Doing some sight-seeing in London and feeling a little tired??
Why not take a nap whilst on the Tube - everybody else does.
Doesn't seem to matter what time of day it is, there is always someone sleeping on a seat near you.
How they magically wake up in time to alight at their stop is a mystery to me.