London Journals

London Calling

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A travel journal to London by TianjinPaul

Big Ben Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A tour of the main historic sights in London

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament

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Attraction | "Big Ben"

Big Ben Photo, London, England
Quote:
The majority of the material for this review comes from the trip my girlfriend and I took to the Houses of Parliament in 2012 (this trip only took in the exterior as we were unable to gain access for a tour), but will also feature snippets from a school trip over 15 years ago when we were taken on our tour by our history teacher and on which we learned countless fantastic tidbits of knowledge concerning both houses.The trip to the Houses of Parliament would prove to an interesting, but also frustrating jaunt for my girlfriend. She was delighted to see such a famous sight, but quickly grew tired of my ‘fascinating’ snippets of knowledge. She seemed interested when I informed her that ‘Big B...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament
North Bank of River Thames
Westminster, London SW1A OAA
+44 (20) 7219 4272

Number 10: Official Residence of the British Prime Minister

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Attraction | "Getting all Politico"

Number 10: Official Residence of the British Prime Minister Photo, London, England
Quote:
I will begin his entry by stating that I am no great politico. Whitehall and Westminster can often pass me without having the slightest impact on my day – this is perhaps understandable as I have not lived in the UK since 2004. Therefore, when my girlfriend and I strolled from Trafalgar Square towards the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, I was not overly concerned about lingering too long outside Downing Street. My apathy towards Britain’s Prime Ministerial residence was, though, short-lived. As my girlfriend and I stood outside snapping pictures through the barred gates a black limousine zoomed up at high-speed with flashing lights on the side. The heavily armed police quickly ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Number 10: Official Residence of the British Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Westminster, London

Piccadilly Circus

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Attraction | "As the saying goes ... "

Piccadilly Circus Photo, London, England
Quote:
There is an old saying that we use in the north of England – it may be used in the south as well, but as I have never lived there I cannot vouch for it – that goes, "It is like Piccadilly circus here today". We use it as a way of expressing that wherever we are (at home or the office) has been very busy. It springs from the fact that Piccadilly Circus was, and still is, one of the busiest pieces of real estate in the world. Therefore, when my girlfriend and I visited, we were expecting throngs of people.We actually found ourselves a little disappointed as, on the Tuesday we visited, it was not massively busy. We were able to cross the road relatively easily and I was not barged out of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus
London, England W1

Millennium Bridge (London Millennium Footbridge)

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Attraction | "Not so Wobbly"

Millennium Bridge (London Millennium Footbridge) Photo, London, England
Quote:
There is a passage in Julian Barnes' wonderful Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending that describes how the Millennium Bridge was labelled the "wobbly bridge" in the early part of the new millennium thanks to the structural defects that caused it wobble more than one would expect from a fixed structure. It also told that even though the structural defects have been fixed, the bridge retains its rather disparaging moniker. Aside from introducing it as the wobble bridge and establishing it as a meeting place for two central characters, the book has little else to say about the bridge (not altogether unsurprising as it is a novel rather than a guidebook). However, I was still keen to see it....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Millennium Bridge (London Millennium Footbridge)
Riverside Near St Paul's On North Bank
London, England W1EC4
+44 20 7525 4925

St Paul's Cathedral

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Attraction | "In love with my namesake"

St Paul's Cathedral Photo, London, England
Quote:
I suppose I should begin this journal with a rather embarrassing admission. Even though I am a grown man of more than 30 years of age, I still find immense pleasure in the fact that I share a Christian name with one of London's most easily recognisable landmarks. I must also rather shamefully admit that I took a similar amount of pleasure in having my picture taken in front of Christopher Wren's masterpiece pointing at it's dome and placing my hand on my chest to signify that, in my mind at least, the cathedral is named after me. Let's now though forget my rather childish thoughts and get onto a description of the cathedral itself. Setting eyes on St Paul's was one of the greatest surprise...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

St Paul's Cathedral
The Chapter House
London, England EC4M 8AD
+44 (20 7) 236 4128