We visited London for the first time in November, and stayed with some friends in the Southbank, It was a fantastic first trip, but I will narrow down our best moments in the following seven points. We will be going back there, hopefully once every year. I simply fell in love with London.
First, you will visit a lot of good museums – it is a must, because they are all free entrance. Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the greatest, Tate for the ultimate high end art lover. The science museum was more like a Disneyland and great for kids, but the Natural History museum was also something for the “more serious” people.
Secondly, there is a lot of great art for every taste. The legendary galleries like Whitechapel, Serpentine and Hayward.
Thirdly, the markets. Food markets or flee markets, better to row them all for a thorough xperience.
Fourth, the Brick Lane for the ultimate alternative camp London xperience. You can get your lunch for 5 pounds in the local food market where you can choose at least 5 different cuisines. Graffiti. The flee markets are full of the latest cool stuff, the 80s are the coolest and hippest right now. I wonder when the “formerly known as the ugly” neon 90s come to dominate the alternative thinking fashion…
Fifth, the squirrels in the parks. There are hoards of them!
Sixth, Harrods and other insanely expensive shopping houses. I was not so much intimidated by the excessive glamour, but the insane prices and easy money spending. The Christmas fair on the Southbank was much better.
Finally, the Southbank. The “Other Side” of London and the Thames, with an Opera and Theatre House, the Southbank Center seemed to embody the golden cut between the high end London and the alternative Brick Lane. A real buzz of culture. it has a great location of the other side of Thames with several bridges connecting it to different parts of the city. Extremely convenient, though not yet valued. It is a developing region, which, I believe, will rise high during the next decade or so.