London Journals

The greatest city in the world - London

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A travel journal to London by Amanda

Canary Wharf Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford" - Dr. Samuel Johnson. I'm not going to talk you round the big sites - anyone can find the Tower of London! My journal will try and show you the less well known attractions of this amazing place. I've just hived off the eating, drinking and entertainment entries, and put them in a new journal - see the eating in London journal for this information.

The greatest city in the world - London

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Overview

The City Photo, London, England
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Camden Market - for clothes, arts and crafts, photographs and prints. I should warn you I'm biased - my boyfriend and I have a stall here selling our photos at the weekends - but in my defence I have always loved the place! The City of London - during the week the financial capital of Europe, this square mile contains 17th century churches, old pubs, museums and tiny alleys to explore. The tall modern buildings and the medieval and early modern are cheek-by-jowl, and this juxtaposition makes a fascinating contrast. I love the legal sights of London – the Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court), the magnificent neo-Gothic Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, and the 4 Inns of Court, Middl...Read More

Legal London

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Legal London Photo, London, England
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The majestic heart of legal London awaits you! Start at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand. This vast, ornate building may look like a cathedral, and in a way it is; built at the height of the empire, it's a temple to the British Way. Go inside, and look at the neo-gothic arches and solemnity of the courtrooms. Be prepared for the security - your bags will be put through a metal detector, you may be asked to leave your camera at reception, and turn off any mobile phones. The court is majestic inside, a real temple of justice to awe and inspire. It's huge, and the map boards which show you the layout and where you are represent necessary advice. If you go during court hours (10am to 4pm, wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2000

Legal London
From the Strand to Gray's Inn
London, England

Guy Fawkes Night

Attraction | "Guy Fawkes Night, 5th November"

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'Remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot' Every 5th of November, all over the UK, Guy Fawkes is remembered. During the reign on Charles I, he masterminded a conspiracy to blow up the Parliament while the King was inside - but they were caught stashing the gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament, and sentenced to death for treason. It's a great night out. For days before hand you'll see children with model men, about 5 feet high, calling out 'penny for the guy'. On the 5th itself, huge bonfires are built and the guy burned on them. Fireworks are set off too, both in private parties in people's ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Guy Fawkes Night
Various venues
London, England
No phone available

Tate Modern

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Tate Modern Photo, London, England
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A stunning conversion from an old power station, if you're a modern art fan this is one of the best galleries in the world. It's had a million visitors since it opened, a few weeks ago, so better to avoid weekends and back holidays. Walk across the new bridge to get there - the 'blade of light' millennium footbridge is the first footbridge to be built in London since Roman times. (It's shut at the moment, as it was found to sway too much when people were on it, but it should be re-opening soon). The entrance to the gallery has a huge temporary piece of sculpture in it - when I last went there, it was a 30 foot high bronze spider, but the exhibit changes. There are separate galleries throughout the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Tate Modern
Sumner Street
London SE1 9TG
+44 20 7887 8000

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A private collection of Old Masters, given to the gallery by the collector, Margaret Desenfants. The collection includes works by Canaletto, Rembrandt, Watteau, Gainsborough, Rubens,and Poussin. The gallery is a gem - a wonderful treasure, built by John Soane in the early 19th century, as the first purpose-built art gallery in the country. Dulwich is a beautiful setting too - leafy, quiet, period houses surround the gallery. The place is owned by the three top public schools in Dulwich - Dulwich College, James Allen's Girls' School, and Alleyn's. Well worth a visit. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm,and Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm. Ticket prices are £4 for adults, £3 for conce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Dulwich Picture Gallery
College and Gallery roads
London, England SE21 7AD
+44 20 8693 5254

Greenwich Market

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Greenwich is a collector's dream... and a bank manager's nightmare! The market itself sells arts and crafts, not a cheap market, but there's some really good things here. The surrounding streets sell antiques, books, and prints of London pictures. Books are really a speciality here, with loads of stalls and shops selling and huge variety of second-hand and antique books. If you get bored of shopping, you're near the Cutty Sark, the Royal Naval College, and St. Alfege's church. Greenwich is ancient, beautiful, and packed with things to do. It's easy to get to from the centre, by boat, bus, or tube. So get going!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2000

Greenwich Market
Greenwich High Road
Greenwich, London
020 7237 2001

Dr Johnson's House

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Attraction | "Dr. Johnson's House"

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Samuel Johnson, immortalised by his dictionary and by Boswell's journals about their travels together, lived in the centre of London. He was not a native Londoner, but became a passionate city-dweller - "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." It was in his house-now-museum that he wrote the first English language dictionary in the late 1740s, 50 years after his house was built - altogether, he lived in this place for about 15 years of his life. Dr. Johnson was a celebrated writer, journalist, literary critic, and wit. He published his famous annotated Shakespeare in 1765, and his wonderful "Lives of the Poets" in 1780. Ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
London, England EC4A 3DE
+44 20 7353 3745

Camden Markets

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Attraction | "Camden Market 1"

Camden Markets Photo, London, England
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There are a number of different markets usually lumped together under the heading "Camden", so I’ll list them separately, to give you an idea of what happens at the market. I’ve divided the section into two, as the length ran over 500 words, and I’ve put the getting there/info section in both, in case you are only looking at one or other. The biggest is the Camden Stables, once a horse hospital for horses injured while working on the canals. Now it's mostly a clothes market, with hundreds of stalls and small permanent shops. A lot of the clothes are cheap Indian or Nepalese imports, but there are also some very interesting designers selling their own work - it's a great place to come for reaso...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2001

Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1

Camden Markets

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Attraction | "Camden Markets 2"

Camden Markets Photo, London, England
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There are a number of different markets usually lumped together under the heading "Camden", so I’ll list them separately, to give you an idea of what happens at the market. I’ve divided the section into two, as the length ran over 500 words, and I’ve put the getting there/info section in both, in case you are only looking at one or other. Inverness Market is different from the others in Camden – it sells pretty much only fruit and veg. The produce on sale is of a high quality, and there’s a massive choice – if it grows in soil, or on a tree, you can buy it there! There are also a number of small shops selling good, rare, or expensive foods – organic honey, fine cheeses, home-cured meats – tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2001

Camden Markets
Camden High Street
Camden, London, England NW1

HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast Photo, London, England
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HMS Belfast is a cruiser, a type of warship that played a crucial part in Britain’s 20th century history. She was launched in 1938, fighting in the Second World War on many fronts, and serving as part of the UN operation in Korea, and in the Middle East, before being brought back to the UK and turned into the tourist attraction she is today. At the start of the Second World War, HMS Belfast was part of the fleet operating out of Scarpa Flow, trying to block Germany’s ports. She was then attacked by a submarine, and spent several years being overhauled before being put back into service, as an escort for convoys of merchant ships heading for the beleagued Soviet Union. The ship took part in the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

HMS Belfast
Morgan's Lane
London, England SE1 2JH
+44 20 7940 6300

The Square Mile

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The Square Mile Photo, London, England
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The square mile of commerce and insurance is one of the main commercial centres in the world. It is an appealing mixture of old buildings, such as the Bank of England, and many old Churches, and modern high-rise glass structures. There are many small and ancient alleyways to explore, as you wander along streets packed with the headquarters of multi-national companies. The City is the original London town – and until the Middle Ages, the walls around it contained the whole city. Westminster was a separate city, and the ground between, such as Holborn, and Bloomsbury, was not built up. St. Martin-in-the-Fields church by Trafalgar Square is so called because when it was built, it was indeed in fi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

The Square Mile
The City of London
London, England

Lord Mayor's Show

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The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of my favourite childhood (and adult) memories. It’s a fun day out for the whole family – and a historical event dating back 780-odd years. When King Richard the Lionheart was off fighting his battles in Jerusalem, his younger brother John, later King himself, allowed the merchants in the city to form a society. When he was King, in 1215, he allowed them to elect a mayor, but demanded that the mayor come from the city to Westminster every year when elected to pay homage to the monarch. The present Lord Mayor’s show is the continuation of that – the newly-elected Mayor makes his way from the City of London to the City of Westminster to swear his allegiance. He is acco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2001

Lord Mayor's Show
London
London, England