So for a while now I have been thinking I should make some videos which answer some of my literal 'FAQ's. Ie, people email me quite alot saying something along the lines of:
"Hi!! Me and my husband/family/friends are coming to London for a weekend/week/day and want to know where we should visit!"
Now..... I have to be honest- these emails often enrage me because people expect to be able to see all of quaint itty bitty london town in a few hours or something, and then hop on a bus to stone henge. So I usually don't answer them.
BUT, I should, I know. So I am going to try to give a London guide for tourists on here, to some day hopefully be made into a video. I have to plan it out first so I may as well plan it right here on my blog, so I can direct people here if they ask me.
First of all. LONDON IS A FUCKING HUGE CITY. It is HUGE. You are not going to see everything in one day. Just forget about it.
If you ARE here for one day only, before you jet off to the rest of Europe (to see the entirety in one week or something) then you might as well just do the regular old tourist things and just watch a lot of other tourists doing the same as you. For me, that sucks in any city because you aren't experiencing anything real, you may as well just watch someone elses home movies of their vacations there.
But if you insist on pig headedly thinking its going to be fine to visit it for an afternoon, get one of the tourist tour busses. They will take you around with an audio commentary for something like £20. They will show you all the sights, like Buckingham Palace (BORING, trust me-- most boring palace in all of England, let alone Europe. Germany and France have some way better castles), the houses of parliament (quite cool) and other crap like that. It is worth doing if you have only a day, or a day to spare in your London travels. But that is not experiencing London properly, any way you look at it.
There are certain places I would recommend any visitor to London to go and 'sight see', regardless of how you get there (but bear in mind, when people complain about how expensive London is, its because amongst other n00bish mistakes, they travel around in our extortionate taxis. TRAVEL BY TUBE TRAIN!! (more on that in a further post).
1. Don't bother to go see Buckingham palace. I know you still will, but trust me, its far away from the railings, you definitely aren't going to catch a glimpse of anyone interesting, especially not the queen, and it is surrounded by tourists. It is also the most boring building. Go see pretty much anything else in London, trust me.
2. Do go to see the Houses Of Parliament. They are really impressive buildings, right on the river Thames, and they encompass Big Ben, the huge clock, which you ought to see up close as it is really big.
3. St Paul's Cathedral- I haven't ever been inside it but it is mighty purdy lookin.
4. Do take a river boat down the Thames. I would say do this instead of the bus thing because it is relaxing and fun (cause it's on a boat!) and they often have commentary, and most of the cool places are on the river anyway.
5. Do take time out to visit one of the London museums. I will post about this later in more depth, but I would say The Natural History Museum is the best one. You need a whole day (or two) for this.
6. The galleries! Check some of them, if you are in any way into art. I will post about this too in a separate post, but for sure the Tate britain is probably the best one for a quick visit. If you are into architecture I would say the Hayward Gallery or the Tate Modern. But more later.
OK, so I have to go out now, but I want to write more about this...
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