If you are a regular visitor to my blog you may be aware that I love London. Well I thought I would share 5 reasons why I love this city and why I think you should visit her:
London is FULL of history – from the London Wall to Buckingham Palace to the Shard, London is like a living timeline of history that is being added to all the time. There is always some hidden spot in London that contains a piece of history and unless you are looking for it, you would never know it’s there. For example, the Temple Church – hidden in behind the Inns of Court off Fleet Street, the church was built in the late 12th century by the Knights Templar and in recent times, made famous by ‘that’ Dan Brown book.
According to the Temple Church website “The Temple Church lies ‘off street’ between Fleet Street and the River Thames, in an ‘oasis’ of ancient buildings, courtyards and gardens. To make sure that you find you way to the Church, you may like to check Directions before visiting us.” Believe me, you really need to know where you are going in the labyrinth of buildings surrounding the church, but it is well worth it to visit this historic site.
I love architecture and London has so many different types of it that makes just walking down a street a discovery of an interesting mix of buildings. From the grand Christopher Wren buildings like St Paul’s to the Gothic Westminster Abbey. From the 11th century Tower of London to the Victorian Tower Bridge next to it. Lets not forget the more recent buildings like the Gherkin, Cheese Grater and Shard to name a few.
London’s skyline is constantly changing but she still had a great variety of architecture. Plus some of the worlds most recognisable buildings can be found in London such as The Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Fancy lunch in Paris, no worries – two & half hours on the Eurostar and you will be in the middle of Paris ready for a day of sightseeing. London also has numerous airports close to the city which makes it easy for you to head off to pretty much anywhere at a moments notice. Fancy a long weekend in the city that never sleeps?Flights to New York City can take as little as 6.5 hours – to give you a bit of perspective, from where I live in the east coast of Australia to Perth in the west, it takes around 5-5.5 hours to fly.
Want to stay in the UK, no problem – with London being a major transport hub it’s easy enough to jump on a train to pretty much anywhere in the British Isles. Trains run to Edinburgh in about 5 hours or you could be in Canterbury, Blackpool or Cardiff within a few hours of leaving the city. Another popular day trip from London is to the seaside at Brighton. In only about an hour from Victoria Station, you can go from the hustle and bustle of life in London to eating an ice cream on the famous pebbled beach.
Red Double Decker buses, Black Cabs, The Tube… all iconic London transport and all pretty easy to use. The Oyster card makes it easy to use the Tube and buses in London with the buses being one price no matter where you go – no need to swipe off. Of course walking is always best in London but you really have to experience life on the Tube – don’t forget to stand to the right on the escalators!
You’ll never get lost with the London Cabbies, who have to go through rigorous training to become drivers of the famous black cabs. Potential drivers have to sit a test known as The Knowledge where they have to memorise all of London’s 25,000 streets in order to pass and it can take years! Get in a cab (not minivan!) in London and the cabbie will take you the quickest route to your destination. Don’t forget to chat to them along the way, they have some great stories.
5. Um… well… it’s London!
I’m not sure what else to say to make you want to go to this city. London has something for everyone, whether it be sporting events, concerts, or festivals. There is always something happening in and around city. London is the melting pot of the world and has been for over 2000 years. Yes New York, with its giant skyscrapers and Times Square, is an incredible city and Paris has it’s culture and art, but no other city has been at the centre of civilisation like London has, and still is.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Samuel Johnson