London Journals

Summer in London

A travel journal to London by jl32

London Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Every summer, I take to the greatest city in the world: London--for work and a bit of relaxation if I can find it. London is a bustling, classical, hip, innovative and fun world-class city. This journal is my view of this diversly beautiful European capital.

Summer in London


London Photo, London, England
July 4th at Windsor Castle can be bit dicey, if not memorable. Harrods' food halls are incredible and not to be missed. Taking in an authentic Shakespeare play at the reinvented Globe theater is fun and engaging.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

The Underground subway system, sometimes called the Tube, is not only color-coded and simple, but very easy too. Get a Travelcard, pass through the turnstiles, and go just about anywhere. With easy connections to Waterloo (the main train station) and all the other stations, the Underground goes everywhere you want to go. It's all I used for my entire 4 months in England.

Cafe in the Crypt


The Cafe in the Crypt may look like a secret as you walk down the dark stairway into the basement refectory, but it's a London establishment. Just steps from the National Gallery, the Cafe in the Crypt is fun and has quality food at a great price. Its central location makes it ideal for a tourist bite, and the sampling of food cafeteria-style, from fresh salads to pastas and pies, is worth checking out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

Cafe in the Crypt
The Crypt Of St. Martin In The Fields
London, England WC2N 4JF
+44 20 7839-4342

Thorpe Park


You may have seen pictures of the late Princess Di on a log flume with her sons--it was here at Thorpe Park, one of many amusement parks in the Toussaud's enterprise. If you've been to the Wax Museum, near Regent's Park or abroad in New York, you have come to expect a tourist-trap element from Toussaud's.

Thorpe Park is fun, but marked-up vending lurks around every turn. A 45-minute train ride from Waterloo, it's a great way to tame the kids, who may be burnt out from the National Gallery and Tower of London tours. For the adults, the park hardly makes up for the trip and leaves much to be desired.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

Thorpe Park
Staines Road
Surrey, England KT16 8PN
+44 1932 569 393

The London Eye

Attraction | "British Airways London Eye"

The London Eye Photo, London, England
The Eye gets a lot of attention for its ultra-modern looks, contrasting with the historical Big Ben across the Thames. Despite the high admission prices, the view is spectacular and exciting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

The London Eye
South Bank of the River Thames
London, England SE1 9TA
+44 (870) 500 0600

Shakespeare's Globe

Attraction | "Shakespeare's Globe Theater"

I have sat just about everywhere you can imagine in this theater, from the groundling seats, which aren't seats at all, but permission to stand and take in the theater up close, all the way up to the Lord's Box, where you actually sit in the canopy above the stage with the orchestra and, at times, some of the actors.

While it was exciting to be whisked away to the Lord’s box, there is truly only one way to go: standing. The view is authentic, fun, and truly captivating. You are drawn in to the show in a way that is hard to experience anywhere else in the theater. Take advantage of the cheap prices and experience the drama up close--the way it’s meant to be seen.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, England SE1 9DT
+44 20 7902 1400