A delicious blend of tradition and modernity, London is a living lesson in the virtues of diversity… eminently British, yet at the same time the most cosmopolitan city in Europe. And while London is bursting at the seams with blockbuster sights and historical landmarks, you will not appreciate her fully until you’ve shared a laugh or a pint with some of her many delightful and colorful characters. Cheers!
Greenwich Observatory, straddling the Prime Meridian
A tribute to the victims of the devastating 2011 Japanese Tsunami…
Downing Street, #10 is home of the prime minister.
Cruise on The Thames…
The Rosetta Stone (pilfered or preserved?)
Tower of London
But, as you can see from my bill, London ain’t cheap.
Don’t be afraid to say thank you in Polish: “Dziękuję” (jenkoo-yeah)
Churchill War Rooms… nerve center.
Notables interred here: Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, David Livingstone.
Greenwich, the final resting place of the Cutty Sark
Fish and chips with a pint of English ale is a staple.
Hyde Park is always teeming with life…
The Parthenon Marbles (from the Acropolis in Athens)
also known affectionately as “The Tube”…
Second order of business… Buy a five day pass for the Underground…
Elizabeth Tower (Hearing Big Ben chime in person is quite a thrill!)
The British Museum
Hoist a few pints with your mates at Ye Olde Chesire Cheese… Cheers!
And I discovered more than pirogies at this Polish restaurant.
“We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm.” — Winston Churchill
Thanks for visiting… Cheers!
Moai from Easter Island
Tate Modern Art Museum
Tower Bridge, not to be confused with the much simpler London Bridge
rotate you smoothly and silently…
Winged Lion from Persia
Millennium Bridge, linking the Tate Modern with Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Don’t forget your British power adapter!
and silently four hundred forty feet above the London skyline…
Climb the dome for sweeping views of the city…
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Let the London Eye…
First order of business… score some British Pounds!
The Polish owners and their delicious food are the real deal.
WWI battle maps (look closer to see pin holes from former lines)
World-class street entertainers make Covent Garden a must-visit!
Soho… Night life, all you want…
John Harrison’s famous “Sea Watch”, also known as H4. This is the very first clock with sufficient accuracy (~3 seconds per day) to solve the longitude problem for world-wide ocean navigators.
Be prepared to greet your Italian hosts with a heartfelt “Buona sera” and “Grazie”!