The Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles & other marvels at the Museum . .
. manuscripts from Gnostic Gospel papyrus
to Beatles' lyrics in the Library . . . . the
Turners at the Tate or van Goghs at the National Gallery . . . a play
West End . . . the view from St Pauls . . . the
Tower . . . Hyde Park . . . . a brief stroll down Pall Mall, St James
Park & Buckingham Palace. London is a moderately
exciting city but why did they have to name all their streets
after a Monopoly Board?
Lord Nelson overlooking his domain. The Thames, Big Ben, Westminster .
. . . squirrels in the park. A pelican
shaking itself - wondering if it is in the right
part of the world. It is.
Rule No. 1 Stay warm. Leather jackets, long underwear, vitamin
C, whatever it takes . . .
Rule No. 2 Work out a rough budget, eg. how much can you
afford to spend each day, & decide how
much you are willing to commit to accommodation.
(Keep a travel diary & laugh often at the way you keep managing to
blow your budget . . . )
Rule No. 3 Find some accommodation to suit. Now with the
internet it is possible to find your room before you
leave home. If you are young & don't need
sleep & want to meet heaps of people then hostels are definitely
way to go. But in London even sleeping in a dorm
is not cheap. If you are older &/or want some privacy &/or
have met enough people for a while - then a private
room is probably more attractive. http://www.studios92.com/
rooms with essential shared facilities &
close to the city. So you can grab a weekly train pass & each day
tube-hop your way around the sights, the galleries,
the plays, the concerts . . . (Hint: to get good seats to the
theatre half-price go to Leicester Square in
the afternoon. Good luck!)
Rule No. 4 Find out where the closest internet cafe is located
so you can keep in touch with home & with travel
companions in other parts of England, Europe,
the world . . . EasyNet in the city is hard to beat for price &
convenience. Internet Exchange has scanning
facilities for those holiday snaps that just won't wait. If you have a
laptop then Free
ISP will interest you.
Rule No. 5 Find a local to show you the great places to drink
and cheap places to eat. (A bit of advice on what
places to avoid - not all the streets are paved
And then getting up early - a walk in Russell Square thinking TS Eliot
something about 'coffee spoons' - sitting in
a cafe & watching the Londoners & the
tourists. Everyone is so busy - talking about money shares property web
pages marketing . . . I should feel guilty.
I compose myself in a more business-like aspect and compose a few email.
'The weather this winter is so mild' &
'I dread to think what London is like in summer
- the plays all sell out & the streets are all so busy and it is only