Today, the social media world exploded with the news of the #RoyalBaby. Like the royal wedding two years ago, I tried not to get swept up in the media frenzy, yet seeing all of the pictures of people waiting outside of Buckingham Palace for the news made me think of past trips to London. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been to the capital of the British Empire, but I certainly can blog about some of my favorite touristic stops!
I love to visit this area, which is easily accessed by the DLR–Docklands Light Rail–from the city center. The very first time I ever visited the area, I met the Cutty Sark, which is a fantastic old ship with a witchy woman on its figurehead. Nearby is the Gipsy Moth, a fabulously old pub with very decent food. It’s worth a visit before heading up to the Royal Observatory, home of the world’s clock and the Prime Meridian (and a great city view.)
Oxford Circus / Trafalgar Square
Shoppy-shop is always a favorite travel activity, and this busy intersection is home to a swanky Selfridges and a huge Topshop. It’s bustling, absolutely expensive, and the perfect antidote for jet lag upon arrival. A few tube stops away is another favorite spot for people-watching: Trafalgar Square. Sit by the huge lions and watch the world pass by before going into the National Gallery. Admission is free, and the building itself is a treasure.
On the Thames
Big Ben and the rest of the Parliament Building always get a sunny “cheerio” when I visit, and I can always find something new to photograph in this part of London. I don’t know if its the shape of the London Eye–or the view from its pods–that I find so interesting, but I love looking through my lens here. Also, the Tower of London (and its burly Beefeaters) is a fascinating visit, especially if one is interested in the saga of Henry the Eighth…which I am!
I could also write about a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath (lovely!), pen about an evening at the West End theatre district, or wax eloquently about the high tea service at the Waldorf. But I shan’t tonight; there is a #freshprince to read about online. London is calling…and I might pick up the phone!