Often quoted yet eloquently perfect, Dr. Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”. Whether in town for a weekend or a few months, London and its diversity is sure to amuse, entertain and enlighten. London is a city of numerous neighborhoods or villages, each with its own flavor and attractions. London has defied fires, plagues, wars and more to become a truly modern metropolis.
Beyond the streets of Westminster where iconic Big Ben shines over the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames lies a city begging to be explored. Most of the major tourist attractions can be accessed by foot although traveling via Tube, red double decker bus or black cab equally adds to the atmosphere.
Royal enthusiasts will bee-line for Buckingham Palace and catch a glimpse of the Changing of the Guard or walk the aisle Princess Diana did on her wedding day at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Exploring Kensington Palace and the Tower of London provide an experience into the life of former English monarchs.
London boasts over 300 museums with many offering free admission. From the must see Egyptian mummies and Rosetta Stone at the British Museum to the Rembrandt’s and Monet’s in the National Gallery, famous works and artifacts come alive from our history lessons. Marvel at masterpieces at the quiet British Library then navigate the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. And even if dinosaurs and Darwin are not of interest, at least skip by the Natural History Museum and check out one of the most impressive buildings in London.
No matter the weather, Londoners adore and fill their green spaces such as centrally located Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. Just outside of the city limits, yet easily reached, lies the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, one of the world’s most captivating gardens. When it is damp or the grey skies become too much, then stop for a pint in a pub or a cup of tea in ... well, anywhere!
And let us not forget that London is also a shopper's paradise. Roaming the food halls of Harrod’s or bartering for bargains in many of the city’s markets is part of London’s charm. Quintessentially British and perfect for snatching up luxurious fashion and unique souvenirs are found in shops along the streets of Regent & Oxford such as Liberty and Selfridges or in Covent Garden area.
So, put on those walking shoes, grab an umbrella and prepare to be dazzled by the city of London.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
(Riverside Building County Hall)
Great Smith Street
The Old Westminster Library