London appeals to me as a city of ideas, innovation and imagination. I enjoyed the busy crowds and mix of cultures from all around the world.
For the few days we were there, we experienced a cold and rainy London, but it didn’t fade its vibrance and beauty. Walking through the streets, there was always interesting perspectives in every corner and intersection, like the Victorian and Regency style houses, remarkable churches and modern glass buildings. It seemed like the city managed to balance modern towers and industrial factories without disrupting the classical architecture and historical places.
The first day was a hectic one. We walked around the Westminster and Piccadilly area to see the obvious touristic places: Westminster Catholic Cathedral, the Abbey, the Parliament, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, the Piccadilly Circus, and so on.
Piccadilly Circus is a touristic public space in Westminster and a busy road intersection. It connects Regent Street and Piccadilly.
The Circus is located near to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End. It is recognisable for its digital billboards’ pulsing lights and neon signs at night. The Shaftesbury memorial fountain and statue stand proudly in the center of the intersection. It is surrounded by the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre.
On the second day, a bit tired but still very much eager to see as many places as possible, we went to Belgravia neighbourhood and, then, the famous Sky Garden.
Sky Garden was probably one of my favorite touristic spot in the city. It’s mind-blowing to imagine a three-storeys public garden on the 37th floor of a building, enclosed by a glass dome. And yet, they somehow did it. It is working as an observatory deck, an outdoor terrace and restaurant at the same time.
In a few days, we were able to quickly see some museums as the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern and Design Museum as they are all free. The extensive collections of specimens, fossils, artworks and relics were absolutely stunning. I particularly appreciated that most exhibitions were very interactive and used different mediums to illustrate complex concepts or ideas. The downside it that the museums were very crowded, but if you have time, it is absolutely worth it of course.
Chinatown was a huge surprise for me. I believe it is the biggest one I’ve seen so far. The saturated red lights and colourful neons, the hanging lanterns and the delicious smell of numerous restaurants from all over Asia was the perfect place to end our day. We had dinner in a Malaysian restaurant hidden in an alley and I must say the food was pretty good.
Little Venice is a quiet and picturesque area marked by a canal running through the neighbourhood. It is at the intersection of Grand Union and Regent’s canals. A lot of boats were used as homes filled with domestic items (in a chaotic way), dishes, flower pots, solar panels, and so on. We went strolling in the morning while it was, surprisingly, sunny.
It was a nice way to end our trip, convincing us to come back to beautiful London, very soon.