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A travel journal to London by TianjinPaul

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Chinatown London

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Attraction | "Feast of the Senses"

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Before we delve any deeper into this review, I feel the need to address something of a misnomer. Chinatown is absolutely nothing like a 'town'. In fact it is not even a village or a hamlet. It is at best a very, very small district. Perhaps more accurately it is a couple of streets in central London. However, as diminutive as it is, they are a couple of fantastic streets.Having lived in China for four years, I always appreciate the chance to revisit my old stomping ground, even if it comes in a slightly less direct form. Therefore, I just love to take in the elegantly carved gateway to the main thoroughfare of Chinatown and the bright red calendars and decorations in the windows of restaur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Chinatown London
Gerrard Street & Lisle Street
London, England

Trafalgar Square

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Attraction | "Pomp and Splendour"

Trafalgar Square Photo, London, England
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Even before the end of the Olympic games, the success enjoyed by the host nation had inspired organisers to announce that a victory parade would be held to celebrate. The timing of this announcement may have raised a few eyebrows, but the location of the actual parade certainly did not. When Britain chooses to show its emotions, it takes to Trafalgar Square. This emotion has taken all sorts of different forms. In 1991, to protest Margaret Thatcher's controversial Poll Tax, hundreds of people marched in the square in a demonstration that later turned into full-scale riots. In 1996, when the nation hosted the European football championships, the square was the centre for patriotic fervour an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Trafalgar Square
Northumberland Avenue
London, England WC2

Leicester Square

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Attraction | "What does it offer?"

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As my girlfriend and I planned our trip to London, we spent hours surfing the net and leafing through guidebooks to London. We each had destinations that we were desperate to see. I had the British Museum and Tate Modern at the top of my list and she had the Natural History and Science Museums on hers. My girlfriend was also keen on Madame Tussauds, but I did not fancy stumping up 30GBP for such a gimmicky sight. I would also have like to have visited Kew Gardens (Britain’s biggest botanical garden), but we decided it was too far. We also planned to visit some of the big sights in central London.Our museum planning had been fairly straightforward. However, when we got onto central London, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Leicester Square
Central London
London, England

Westminster Abbey

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Attraction | "Go West my Son"

Westminster Abbey Photo, London, England
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I have always contented that Westminster Abbey is in second place when it comes to London’s great religious buildings. I have always preferred St Paul’s. Part of this is the rather childish fact that my name is Paul and from that I have somehow gleaned a more personal connection to St Paul’s. The second reason is steeped in a little more historical logic. Two of Britain’s great heroes of the Napoleonic era, Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, are buried at St Paul’s. This seemed like the greatest endorsement possible.However, my personal foibles notwithstanding, Westminster Abbey remains a magnificent sight. Not that the architecture was the first thing that gripped my girlfriend when we vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London, England SW1P 3PA
+44 (20) 7222 5152

Buckingham Palace

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Attraction | "Getting all Regal"

Buckingham Palace Photo, London, England
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The past couple of years have been a period of great pomp and circumstance in the UK. 2011 saw the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and 2012 saw the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne. Naturally, the centre of this splendor has been Buckingham palace. The nation and the world witnessed the royal couple on the balcony at the front of the palace echoing the Prince’s parents just less than 30 years before. Because of the recent Royal renaissance and the history in which the palace is steeped, my girlfriend and I decided it would certainly be worth a visit during our trip to London.We made our way to Buckingham palace via Victoria underground station and Buc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2012

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Road Pall Mall
London, England SW1A 1AA
+44 (207) 321 2233