I am currently reading the book “Londoners” by Craig Taylor. I am absolutely enjoying this book about the people of one of my favorite cities.
Reading this book has inspired me to reflect on what I find so attractive about London. Why I love visiting the city, why I want to visit it again and again.
1. London is a majestic city. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Gherkin, Westminster Abbey, The Wheel, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s are all majestic landmarks that have you standing in front of them having a wow moment. It doesn’t matter how many times you stand there they still have the wow factor.
2. London is an easy city to get around. I have walked from one end to the other on more than one visit. I will admit that I have got side tracked and lost but always seem to find my way back on track. It is so easy to walk around as there is so much to see. On one visit someone said to me “you know you don’t have to walk there are trains underground.” My response was “yes I know that but all you see are tunnel walls underground.” Walking enables you to see arcades, parks, people. Of course the underground system is also a great way to get around and the big red buses are not just a novelty form of transport.
3. London is a city for shopping. The huge Nike store on Oxford street, the arcades, the big department stores, the markets and of course Harrods! There is something for everyone. The markets at Camden are a gem but one of my favorites is the Borough Markets for food. My mouth is watering picturing the Turkish Delight shop….so many flavors. Mmmm
4. London is a city for learning. The historical attractions such as the Tower of London and The War Rooms. The museums such as the British Museum, V&A, The Museum of Natural History. The galleries, the landmarks, the streets. There is always something and somewhere to learn.