Visit the pubs, the theatre,...
Visit the pubs, the theatre, Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London where the jewels are, Westminster Abbey. Have tea and crumpets in a little tea room where you have to duck your head to clear the door frame and little bells tinkle as you open the door. The British Museum is fascinating, especially the exhibit of Egyptian mummies. Covent Garden has some great flea market shopping. Nearby on one of the little side streets you will find Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe from Dickensian fame and many other quaint places which are fun to explore. The restaurants I experienced in London were not typically English fare. We ate Italian, American, Indian; everything's there. Outside of London in Stratford-on-Avon I could recommend The Black Swan restaurant (or is it the Black Duck)-whatever, it has a wonderful old world atmosphere and great English food. I loved the subways. You can get a week's pass that will work for the subway and the buses-very inexpensive. I felt very safe moving about the city. When you arrive, you will be advised about what areas are considered safe for tourists. And it is just such a great place to go without a specific plan: at every turn there is some little street or sight that peaks your curiousity. Food and lodging can be steep, but if you go to the train depot later in the day, you can bargain for cheaper rates at some of the small hotels. We stayed at the Lord Mountbatten Hotel near Covent Garden-beautiful, and the rate was quite reasonable;the hotel was willing to negotiate their rates because they wanted to keep the occupancy high, and we made our reservations late on a slow day. Try the B&Bs, too. You will get to know the locals. We did that when we went to Oxford. It was a great experience. The B&B owner was a townhouse owner living near Oxford University who had a couple of extra bedrooms to rent out. He got up in the morning and fixed us breakfast. It was very nice to make a connection with a real person than just running around seeing tourist sites.
Tower Bridge was opened 30 june 1894.
It is a bascule bridge in London, over the River Thames
You'll never be tired of taking pics of this Bridge!
The bridge sits almost directly above the Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway (1870), which, until the bridge was opened, was the shortest way to cross the river from Tower Hill to Tooley Street in Southwark. At the Tower Bridge Experience you can see one of the most famous bridges in the world and spectacular views from the high level walkways 140ft above the Thames. In the two towers, there's an exhibition which explains the history of Tower Bridge.
"I had that Sourbugger in the back of my cab once"
"Really nice bloke he was........anyway guv...you remember Fred Housego.?...he was one of us cabbies and he won 'Mastermind' once, you want to know why ? You get in one of our cabs and your cabbie has to have the 'knowledge' don't he ? Know what that means ? You must know every bleeding street within six miles of Charing Cross, every bleedin' square, bleedin' club, bleedin' hospital, bleedin' hotel , bleedin' Theatre, government and public building, bleedin' railway station, bleedin' police station, court, bleedin' diplomatic building, bleedin' important places of worship, cemetery, crematoria, park and open space, sports and leisure centre, place of learning, restaurant and bleedin' historic building.
That's why us cabbies are the most knowledgeable cab drivers in the world.
And another thing... they may be called black cabs, but we can paint them whatever bleedin' colour we like.
No I'm going south of the Bloody river, tonight ; I'm on me way home. Goodnight.
oi....guv...where's my tip ?
Dont Look 'Em in the eye's
Dear Worried Travel
This applies to Asian Travelers. Specifically Chinese.
Dont under Any circumstances strare out a Londoner.
If you stare out the wrong type a fight could be on the cards.
This also Applies to Londoners of the same sex who stare at you. DONT STARE BACK.
You might be mugged or even worse KILLED!!!
I suggest a pair of boots, when it rains and your feet are wet it can make for a miserable day. You also need an umbrella. Dress in layers, for some reason when its cold outside, many pubs and stores turn the heat up to sauna levels.