almost two years ago i went to london for a month. i, as are sure many, have been in love with the united kingdom since forever and was lucky enough to witness a very historic month for the country. the month of july 2013 was the month in which the highest temperatures in the last couple of decades were measured (yay for almost no rain at all!), the queen’s 60th coronation anniversary was celebrated, andy murray won the wimbledon after britain has waited for a men’s singles champion for 77 years, and the happening that everybody has been waiting for, the birth of the little prince george of cambridge. the last event mentioned was celebrated by the entire city, there were balloons and baby boy themed shop windows everywhere.
but i guess every day spent in such a beautiful city as london is kind of a miracle on its own. so here are a couple of must dos.
walk around as much as you can or enjoy a ride in one of london’s famous red double-deckers.
my favorite part of the city is bankside. it’s where the old meets the new. shakespeare’s globe is not so far away from the shard by architect renzo piano.
so take a stroll down the bankside pier, get lost in some of the charming little streets or enjoy an afternoon tea and a brownie with a view of the tower bridge.
by all means, go see a musical. i went to see billy elliot at victoria palace and i cried like a baby.
go on a river cruise to beautiful greenwich.
enjoy the food. despite britain’s bad food-reputation, i really was not disappointed.
go to the roof terrace of “one new change” by jean nouvel. there is a nice café up there with an awesome view of st. paul’s cathedral.
go to as many parks and museums as possible.
there’s a serpentine gallery pavilion in hyde park that changes every year. in 2013 sou fujimoto presented his.
visit camden town. cool, colorful facades, stables market, camden lock, chalk farm, do i need to say more?
and for all you classical music fans, go to royal albert hall. i sat through a 5 hour long wagner opera and enjoyed it very much. another reason to visit london some time from july to september – proms – world’s greatest classical music festival.
i was amazed by everything this city has to offer. just roam around, walk through all the little streets, visit all of the little pubs and shops that catch your eye and let the british charm win you over.
i really can’t wait to go back to the uk. big plans for this summer.