Over the last few years I’ve often gotten the vague feeling that so many Australians have visited London, UK, that it has lost a little bit of the magic normally surrounding a tourist destination in a land far, far away.
I may, of course, be wrong on this impression. In any case, I myself tend to be snobby towards the big city thinking “London? I’ve been to London, I’d rather go somewhere less visited this time”. It’s true that it’s really busy. It’s also true that you may like to invest in visiting a “not-so-standard place” (whatever that means also it sounds very arrogant).
But who the hell are we all kidding? If I’m being honest I think that London has incredible parts to it and can be an absolutely amazing place to wonder round. Plenty of magic there, I tell you, and it ain’t just where you can supposedly visit Platform 9¾. I was charmed by the beauty of the city in the heart of winter, albeit the cold kicking my butt. I love that London truly is a multicultural society. I love the theatre performances and musicals. I love the architecture of many neighbourhoods. I love the history. I love them British accents more than I’d like to admit.
So here’s a selection of my favourite shots from the city that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
It was a chilly, sunny morning when we visited Hyde Park and I fell in love instantly. The are trees, the green colour everywhere, the freedom of it all, in a city where nearly 9 million people try to comfortably breathe from the same air. I recommend renting one of the city council bicycles as the best way to tour and see Hyde Park.
The British Museum showcases a wide variety of artefacts, representing different eras and parts of the world. There’s incredible pieces from Greek and Roman history, from the Middle East and form Egypt to name a few. What really stayed with me are the Parthenon marbles, some of the Easter Island statues and some of the Egyptian mummies.
The National Gallery is also wonderful to visit. I spent hours in there just gazing at all the incredible art, however photography is prohibited.
Oh the Architecture of London. So variable, so beautiful. One could spend days exploring the different neighbourhoods and sections of the wider city and still you’d miss sites worth seeing. Naturally, buildings that make famous tourist sites are the most visited.
Growing up in Greece, you hear about London a lot. You hear about people who can afford to go there for tourism and you hear about people who do their best to send their children off to the northern place to educate them. Nowadays all you mostly hear about around the world in relation to London is -no surprises- Brexit.
Ignore what you hear and what you have heard about London. Go and explore it on your own. Make up your mind about it once you explore the museums, the parks, the quirky neighbourhoods and the people. I would certainly go back in a heartbeat.