Open Air Squares and to watch the world go by.
I would take them for a walk along the River Thames say walk from Westminster to Tate at the Millieum Bridge this is about one and half hour walk. You get to walk past London Eye,London Aquarium, Shakesperes Globe Theatre and the Tate. There is plenty of places to eat and drink along the route from pubs, restuarants and places like Eat and Pret if you want a sandwich on the run.
As you get to the bridge you can see St Pauls Cathedral.
I love this view at night as its beautiful to see the whole city lit up.
I also love Docklands as well as there is plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.
My other view in London is sitting in Leicester Square as it is going dusk and watching the sky changing and watching the millions of people flocking into the square from all walks of lifes. My best memory of London is the free musuems, our transport network, and endlist range of resturants.
What i miss most i know it is crazy, its when you land at a UK airport and you know you are home in Blighty.
I also miss my football team when im out of London as i dont know what the scores are.
Visit the Tower of London,...
Visit the Tower of London, walk around the city. Check out the museums. My favorite was the Museum of London. I loved riding the Tube. I quess my destiny is to live in a walking city, I love good public transportation! (Circa Boston, MA)
This is one of my favourite parts of London. Many tourists come here to visit the British Museum, but not all of them take the time to explore its pretty squares and historic streets, which I think is a shame.
Part of its charm lies in its coherence. Despite many modern intrusions, it is still easy to capture the spirit of the development of this area by the local Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries, when they turned it gradually it into a fashionable residential area. More recently, in the early 20th century, it gave its name to the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists, many of whom lived in the area. These included writers Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, and artists such as Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, and Roger Fry. One of the delights of Bloomsbury is the large number of leafy squares, many (but not all) open to the public. These include:
Bedford Square – one of my favourites in terms of architecture, with some of the best-preserved Georgian town houses in London, although unfortunately for most of us the square itself is only open to residents (photos 1-3)
Russell Square – has a central area large enough to almost feel like a small park (its open-air café is a pleasant place to pause for refreshments), the grand Russell Hotel on its east side, the 1930s bulk of Senate House, part of the University of London, on the west and on the south side some more lovely houses (photos 4 & 5)
Bloomsbury Square – another of the open spaces (and actually more rectangle than square), with more lovely houses on three sides and on the fourth, east side, the ornate Victoria House, the one time home of the Royal Liverpool and Victoria insurance company, now an office block where until recently I was lucky enough to work
Queens Square – there is often a good fruit and veg stall here, and the Queen’s Larder pub in the south west corner is a great summer evening drinking spot (OK winter evenings too – it’s quaint and cosy but rather small)
Tavistock Square – not quite so attractive as the others, but notable, unfortunately, as the site of one of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, to which there is a small memorial in the north east corner of the square
Tyburn Manor House
At the time of the Norman Conquest the area now known as Marylebone consisted of the manors of Lisson and Tyburn, the latter so called because of the stream flowing southwards towards the Thames, from Hampstead, through land owned by Barking Abbey. This Tyburn stream (from Teoburna - boundary stream) followed the line of Marylebone Lane.
At the dissolution of the monasteries (1535-40), the land passed to the crown and the northern half of the region became a royal hunting park (now Regent’s park), the manor house opposite the church (at the ‘Marylebone Road’ end of the High St.) was converted into a hunting lodge by Henry VIII and large pleasure gardens were built behind it by 1650.
Monuments and Memorials (2) Cenotaph
Intended as a small part of the Peace Day events of July 1919, the Cenotaph was designed and built by Edwin Lutyens at the request of the then Prime Minister Lloyd George. However, all these years on from the end of the Great War the cenotaph is the annual focus for the nation when remembering the fallen from all conflicts since "the war to end all wars".
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is Armistice Day and in the UK, we focus on the nearest Sunday to this date to mark the time with a 2 minutes silence. It is still very poignant and emotional all these years on from 1918.
The monument is located in Whitehall, which is the heart of the British government and civil service.