There is so much going on in England’s capital city that it would be difficult to draw up a comprehensive list of everything there was to do, every bit of culture there was to be enjoyed.
One could tour the capital for a year and not see everything. Theatres, buildings, bridges, shops – all of them combine to make London unique and exciting. Let us consider just a few:
1 Buckingham Palace. Buck House, the official residence of Her Majesty and indeed every monarch since 1837. Official tours are available at a price, but the sarnies are on the host if one can wangle an invite to one of her legendary birthday bashes.
2 Westminster Abbey. Or the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster to the purists. A place where monarchs are crowned, betrothed and buried, the first two not always in that order. As churches go, this is the big one.
3 Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11thcentury, this is a wonderful place to visit but by all accounts not such a good place to stay.
4 Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. Built to commemorate the victory of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, there were once lots of pigeons but it is now against the law even to feed them. The man himself looks down disapprovingly as lots of water is wasted.
5 The Globe Theatre. Built just along the road from the original site which was destroyed in 1613, and again in 1644, Shakespeare’s Globe recaptures the spirit of the wordsmith reputed to have had a vocabulary of 30,000 words, some of which he admittedly made up.
6 The London Eye. One of London’s newer attractions, at its apex the viewer can see for over 25 miles in every direction, as far as Windsor Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Clapham.
7 Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Probably Britain’s most famous timepiece adorns the home of government. The Palace of Westminster was a former residence of kings. The less said the better perhaps.
8 St. Paul’s Cathedral. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built over a period of 35 years this architectural masterpiece, still a working Church, can be seen in all its splendour from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park, over ten miles away as the crow flies (do other birds take the scenic route?).
9 Piccadilly Circus and Eros. A monument to busy London, Eros, the winged angel of Christian charity, watches the traffic go buy at this famous meeting point and intersection.
10 Eco Restaurant Clapham. A sight to behold after a busy day’s touring. Visit this one last, as you’ll be hungry after all that sightseeing. The delicious and healthy pizza menu and extensive wine list will not disappoint.