Top 5 Things We Liked about London

There was and is so much to like about London.  So many sites (and sights) to see, so many things to do.  As a recap, here were some of the things we liked best: Getting Around and Transportation.  It is simple to get around.  I mean, really simple.  Readily available, clean, professionally driven and traditional black cabs abound (all we rode in took credit card, but we always used pounds).  Uber is available seemingly round the clock and the Tube is easy to navigate (once you figure out the pay as you go, one way or round trip ticketing system…

Off the Beaten Trail in London

Sure, London has its famous sites. In fact it’s hard to go too far without tripping over one. Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament….  These people aren’t starved for a statue or a monument.  For some less traveled paths we chose a few places which were a bit more obscure and which don’t disappoint. Dennis Sever’s house. Located in Spitalfields on Folgate St. Dennis was raised in Southern California and moved here, to this house, and decorated it like it was the 18th century. He lived in it but also made it a “living painting”. If you visit, you’ll understand. He…

Museums of London

Ok, so there are around 250 museums in London according to this site on Wikipedia, so let’s be honest, you gotta choose. Here are the ones we chose and didn’t regret. Churchill War Rooms.  Well worth it. Fun facts we learned, and maybe should have already known: Churchill was hilarious (we had an awareness) His mum was American He escaped a prison in South Africa while in the military He drank, siesta’ed, smoked cigars, ate what he wanted and lived until 90 years old.  And I fight off every pound, boo! He lost his election after WW II and then…

London touring: the City 

On our second day out, we toured the “City”.  The neighborhood now known by that name encompasses the space which was the original Londinium settled by the Romans around A.D. 50. This spot was ideally located for trade and had lots of water sources, including the Thames River, which made transport easier. The Museum of London has a great exhibit which traces the history of London, which you can hear more about in our upcoming post about the Museums of London (at least the few we got to). We started our day by tubing to Bank station and walking to the…

London touring: Westminster

Our first full day in London was focused in the City of Westminster (which is an inner London borough which holds city status). We started out, through the parks (Kensington, Hyde and Green) past Buckingham Palace and straightaway (the local coming out in me) to the Churchill War Rooms. Was it ever worth it. (Tip: buy in advance on the web site, skip the queue (again, the local) and go first thing (they open at 9:30). The staff do a good job at filtering the influx so that the rooms and museum aren’t overcrowded but that means a wait. We got…

London Jet lag buster

Yup. We’re back. It’s been a while since we’ve gone anywhere because of, well, all the working and such required to afford such jaunts. This summer, we decided to jet across the pond for a relatively quick trip to London.  We stayed somewhat close by to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park and as previous readers will be aware we are fans of a good park stroll.  And, what better way to try to stay awake until a reasonable hour and adjust to our new time zone than an afternoon in a park. Kensington and Hyde Parks did not disappoint.  We…