If there’s one city in Europe that I would go back to time and again, it must be London. It is without a doubt a city that is in my heart as much as my hometown of Melbourne. I wouldn’t plan a trip to Europe without going. From it’s amazing railway stations, to buildings, the vibe, the music and entertainment, here is why I love London so much.
- The Buildings and Places
Sometimes it seems easy to forget that London is packed full of places to see. Especially if you’re off watching a show a night as I was in my first visit to this amazing city. But London has the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the remarkable St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and more. Then there are the brilliant bridges over the Thames River, the Tower Bridge being one of the most unique bridges you’ll find in a city.
And on top of all that, there’s Buckingham Palace. I don’t profess to be a huge fan of the Royal Family, but it’s pretty special to be outside with the crowds near the gates. Oh – and then of course there are plenty of beautiful parks as well!
- William Shakespeare
Okay, the Bard is from Stratford upon Avon, however in London you can see the full reconstruction of his famous Globe Theatre and be indoctrinated in his history and words. Tour the theatre or go to see the Royal Shakespeare Company there perform one of his works. Or, you know, BOTH!
- The Tube
Anyone into trains is going to love London’s Underground network. Okay, at peak times the carriages are uncomfortably hot, but the network is huge and there are such wonderfully named stations as ‘Cockfosters’. Add to that some of the brilliant, massive stations such as King’s Cross, which is a tourist attraction in its own right, and just travelling ‘The Tube’ could take up a day or more or your time as an authentic London experience.
- The West End
Who doesn’t like a good show? You don’t? Well maybe London’s not for you. Nor New York City Either for that matter! Otherwise, London’s West End could keep you occupied for a long time! You can always get cheap tickets, usually at the door although people will tell you to go to half-price tix boxes and so forth. The cheapest show I ever saw was Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman. I turned up 15 minutes before the show and bought a ticket for five quid. Okay, it was in 1999. But even today you should be able to see a show for 10-15 pounds!
- Doctor Who
Dadadada, dadadada, dadadada, dadadada, wooo-oooooo, WOOOOOO-ooooo.
That was the theme song if you were a little confused. London is the home of the greatest TV show of all time, Doctor Who and so it’s no wonder I was in love with London before ever even going there! I’ve been to lots of parts of London where they’ve shot episodes of Doctor Who, although there are plenty more. For example – across the Thames under the London Eye, famous scene from ‘Rose’ (2005). Outside St Pauls where shots of Cybermen were taken for ‘The Invasion’ (1968) and its homage in last year’s ‘Dark Water/Death in Heaven’.
Heck, they filmed 2007’s ‘The Shakespeare Code’ in The Globe Theatre! And there’s plenty of other places too. And you can find a Police Box at Earl’s Court station, and then there’s ‘The Who Shop’ in Upton Park. Don’t forget the United Kingdom and London is where so many of the actors, writers and producers of the show live, and therefore conventions in London always have a great turn out of Doctor Who stars – such as London Film and Comic-con where I met Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Sarah Sutton, John Leeson, Richard Franklin and Louise Jameson.
So, London. All in all, bloody brilliant I say! May the Journey Never End, and Oh my giddy aunt, reverse the polarity of the neutron flow, fantastic, Alonsy, and of course, whenever you’re about to dive into a new place for a bit of travel – Geronimo!