I ❤ London…
Yes I know you know. Yes I know I’ve spouted on about London to anyone who listens (or reads my blog posts).. but quite frankly, I don’t care (ok I actually do but I’m trying to appear tough & unaffected).
I remember my first moments in London like it was yesterday, not 6 years ago. I remember the feeling instantly at home in this city that I had never been to. But today I thought I’d share with you a few things that I really love about London that you might not know, and if you do already know then just pretend that you don’t so it’s more of a surprise 🙂
I Love The Street Signs
There are street signs & then there are London street signs. Actually a lot of the street signs in the UK are pretty awesome – looking at you Edinburgh.
But there is something special about walking around the streets whose names are almost as famous as the city they are in.
Fun Fact: My great grandfather was called George. When my sister & I first went to London and found Great George Street, we felt like it was kismet.. we have called our GG Grandfather ‘Great George’ ever since. I like to think he’d get a kick out of that.
#IGtravelchallenge March 22: When/Where Did You Fall In Love With Travel: I don't think I've ever had to answer a simpler question.. Nov 2010, London.. tho to be fair, I think I fell in love with London more than actual travel itself.. So far I've been 3 times & am planning my 4th at Christmas. #lovelondon
I Love Old Stuff
Luckily London is full of it (old stuff that is!) too. From the hidden away Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century; to the more famous & well known Westminster Abbey, the current incarnation was started by Henry III in 1245. A visit to London would not be complete without a history lesson thrown in.
Fun Fact: I have never been inside Westminster Abbey … I know, I know it’s disgraceful! Don’t worry, I will rectify that on my next visit (one of my friends has promised to disown me if I don’t go!)
Watching a docu about the Holy Grail & they talk about the Knights Templar. They go briefly to the Temple Church in London & it reminded me of my visit there. This was one of the coolest place I've visited in London.. hidden behind the Inns of Court just off Fleet Street, it is a great place to visit.
I’m A Royalist
Not ashamed to admit it either. I love the Queen; I think she is an incredible person (with a few flaws, as does every other person in the world) and it was a huge highlight of my last trip to visit Buckingham Palace.
I Love Double Decker Buses
Maybe I see them as quintessentially Londonish, like red phone boxes, but I think they are brilliant.
Fun Fact: Did you know that you can travel on London buses for as little as £1.50 a trip? A lot cheaper than the Tube, plus you actually get to see the city!
I Love The Architecture
I’m an architecture fiend. I love how buildings look but I especially love a building that has a story to tell. Whether it be the Tower of London, whose walls could tell a tale or two; or 30 St Mary Axe – better known as ‘The Gherkin’.
There is always some new building being built in London but I love how the city still embraces it’s history. London has some of the most recognisable buildings in the world.
There are a few places in London that I tend to visit every time I go there.. Westminster’s Houses of Parliament & Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich are just two of them.
I ❤ St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s has to be my most favourite building ever, following closing by another Christopher Wren designed building, the Old Royal Naval College. I remember when I first found out about St Paul’s – the wedding of Charles & Diana. Twenty-nine years later, I finally got to see this impressive building for myself.
And it did not disappoint!
Flashback to #StPaulsCathedral This is my most favourite building in the world. I remember as a 9 yr watching Lady Diana become a Princess in that building on my telly in New Zealand and so began a lifelong desire to visit that cathedral myself. Nearly 30 years later I did just that and seeing St Paul's for myself was nothing short of amazing! Outside was incredible & the interior was simply stunning. It has withstood bombings in WW2 and current progression. It stands for so much more than a place of worship. It continues to be a drawcard for me in that it is one of the places I have to see in some way whenever I go to London.
So there you have it.. yes, you probably already knew some of that if you’ve followed my blog for a while but it’s always good to get a refresher 🙂
What are some of your favourite cities in the world?
Do you love London as much as me? What’s your favourite part of the city?