the renocated bridge
The Millennium Footbridge opened again after they closed it down due to alarming swaying effect and gave people feeling of seasickness. Created to look like a fine metal ribbon by day and a floodlit blade of light at nite, the bridge quickly became London's popular new attraction.
A A London Internet Centre
The Internet Centre at New Oxford St was cheap (1 pound for an hour Internet usage) and very basic. Don't expect anything fancy. Cold drinks are being sold as well.
It's located at 73 New Oxford Street, Holborn - London, WC1A 1DG
Flowers and Fountains
Regent's Park. Oasis of calm in the rush of the city.
With playgrounds, a boating lake, and the London Zoo, Regent's Park is the perfect place to spend a fine day in the great outdoors.
A park-within-the park, Queen Mary's Gardens contain formal rose beds, boxwood-edged knot gardens, and a duck pond with Japanese serenity garden all within the Inner CIrcle.
Lining the boulevards to the east and south of the Park are crescents of finely whitewashed Georgian Townhouses, surely deluxe housing for a fortunate few.
The Park is reached via the tube, Regent's Park stop, or the #453 bus.
Stand on the Right!
When riding an escalator in London, it is essential that you stand on the right side of the escalator, so that people who want to walk up or down can pass you on the left side. Aggressive escalator passengers will not hesitate to yell at you or push you out of the way, even if you are a bewildered foreign child (like me!)
The British are generally an unfriendly lot, extremely nationalistic (especially when it comes to football, at which they have historically excelled at losing), sour-faced and miserable-looking. They feel themselves to be the natural-born rulers of the world, temporarily down on their luck, and will take any and all opportunities to break into blood-thumping militaristic songs like 'Rule Britannia', as well as the considerably more unimaginative football chat 'Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land' (the last Scottish football song was titled 'Don't Come Home Too Soon', reflecting slightly more realistic expectations north of the border). Avoid talking to British people wherever possible. If you do find yourself having to make polite conversation with one, the chances are high that you will not be able to fathom a word he or she is saying, due to the existance of impenetrably thick regional accents (see below). The London accent in particular can be difficult to follow, and you may come away with the distinct impression that the vocabulary of the typical Londoner consists of little more than sexual swear words. My advice is to simply nod and smile inanely, which will cause the British person to annunciate his syllables extremely slowly in a loud voice, while thinking 'bloody foreigner' to himself. Do not ask teenagers for directions as British youths, having little else to do, will sometimes amuse themselves itself by pointing people in the wrong direction while attempting not to snigger out loud. Be wary of anyone who does not look obviously foreign who attempts to approach you in the street for any reason whatsover. The chances are they will simply ask you for money, regardless of how they initially start the conversation.