A delicious blend of tradition and modernity, London is a living classroom in the virtues of diversity…
… at once eminently British, yet the most cosmopolitan city in Europe. London’s not cheap, but she packs more historical and cultural interest per square meter than any place in the world.
So bring your British power adapter, score a fistful of pounds, load up your electronic underground pass, mind the gap, look both ways before crossing the street, and prepare to be blown away. Let’s go!
Must do experiences…
- Marvel at the Parthenon Marbles and Rosetta Stone at the British Museum (entry is free!)
- Stroll through enormous Hyde Park, which is almost always full of fun surprises.
- Take a peek down highly fortified Downing Street (#10 is home of the prime minister)
- Pay homage to the pantheon of heroes interred at Westminster Abbey (including Dickens, Newton, and Darwin, to name but a few).
- Visit the Churchill War Rooms preserved exactly as they were during the war. You can even see the thousands of push pin holes marking the battle lines as the war progressed.
- Stroll the South Bank from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge, come what may.
- Ride the London Eye, slowly, smoothly, and silently four hundred forty feet above the city.
- Cross Westminster Bridge and be thrilled by the distinctive chiming of Big Ben.
- The Tate Modern Art Museum is not to be missed.
- From the Tate Modern, cross the Millenium Bridge to Saint Paul’s. (There’s almost ways something interesting happening on and around the bridge!)
- Enjoy a leisurely and civilized afternoon tea.
- Cross Tower Bridge on foot (It’s bigger than you think!)
- Cruise the Thames to Greenwich Observatory where you can marvel at the rugged and elegant Cutty Sark, straddle the Prime Meridian, and see John Harrison’s famous “Sea Watch” known as H4, the very first clock with sufficient accuracy to solve the longitude problem for trans-oceanic sailing.
- See what’s happening at Abbey Road and make the famous crossing yourself!
- Enjoy some Italian, Greek, French, or Polish quisine. And be prepared to greet your hosts with a heartfelt “Good evening” in their mother tongue.
- Visit Covent Garden by day and be amazed by the world class street performers.
- Soak in the bustling night life and take in some world-class theater in Soho.
- Raise a pint or two with new friends at Ye Olde Chesire Cheese. Cheers!
And while London is bursting at the seams with iconic sights and historic landmarks, you will not appreciate her fully until you’ve discovered here secret corners and shared a moment with some of her many delightful and colorful characters. Let’s go!