Go to Buckingham Palace. It...
Go to Buckingham Palace. It is not a particularly interesting place, I am sure that people go just to say that they have been there. Not much happens, it is just a huge building that you can't get anywhere near due to either other tourist or the bloody guards!! However, if you can go when some sort of event is on, then it is slightly more interesting! Getting completely confused with the Tube Stations, trying to figure out where I am going, where I am, and where I have been...oh and always having to 'MIND THE GAP'!
Look Up, and discover the beautiful Pub Signs.
Like this one from the Fountains Abbey.
Of course, I am not telling you that you should stay outside to look at all the Pub signs, of course it is also great to go inside and taste a big Pint.
Snow in London - woohoo!
Snow is not as common as it used to be in London. Years ago it was alot colder with alot more snow, well that's what my grandparents and mum told me when growing up...
We have had 3 winters in London now and it has snowed each time I am glad to say! Coming from South Africa, where it mostly snows in mountains and out-of-the-way places, it's a treat when it does snow.
Wear layers of clothes, as it is very cold outside but hot in the tubes and indoors. London is magical anyway ~ when it snows it's like a fairytale.
Demonstrations about this, that and the other
Of course, London is the seat of government and business in the UK. If there is something to march for, or against, then thousands of people will turn up in London, by foot, train, coach and more coaches.
Particularly on a weekend you may bump into a small, large or massive demonstration of tens, or hundreds of thousands of people.
Even the landed gentry have got in on the act, with recent demonstrations against a ban on fox-hunting. More normally the demonstrations are against war, poverty, human suffering, injustice... etc.etc.
Normally the demonstrations will march past Parliament and then head for Trafalgar Square, or Hyde Park. The Metropolitan Police like to keep big demonstrations moving until they are well out of the way, preferably a large park. In 1989 buildings were burnt, cars and shop windows were destroyed in a riot against an unfair 'poll-tax'.
Why not join in if you see a demonstration. Read the banners or placards, discover what the campaign is about, read the leaflets, shout encouragements or applaud. This is democracy folks!!
Tube Etiquette No. 8: Escalators
On the escalators please keep to the right hand side, the left hand side is for people wanting to walk up or down them in a hurry. Standing on the right hand side could end up with people huffing and puffing behind you until you realise... at best asking you to move out of the way... or at worst they'll just push past you... it's a long way down.