London travel blog
About this blog
I’m going to try and visit every attraction in London (even the rubbish ones), and every big event like 'Trooping the Colour' as well. But it will probably take me about ten years to complete because I’m too lazy to get out of bed most days, so I hope you stick around until the end.
Where I’ve been…
These are the top 25 things that I’ve enjoyed the most:
The best military places?
And these are my favourite places related to the military:
I wouldn't categorise myself as Mr Jolly. I prefer a deluge of rain to a bit of sunshine, so when the sun comes out I have to balance it out with a trip to Brompton Cemetery. The dead don't care if the sun is shining. When you spend all day fast asleep in your muddy bed it doesn't matter what the sky upstairs is doing.
I had to visit the Thames Flood Barrier twice because I screwed it up the first time. I didn't realise that the only way of getting there was by bus. The boat from Westminster Pier that says "This boat goes to the Thames Barrier" doesn't actually stop there... all it does is float up the river and around one of the pylons, and then heads back the way it came. If you wanted to get off and visit the little exhibition then you'd have to dive overboard and swim to shore. And there is no way I'm doing that for you... I'm not that dedicated!
I went back to City Hall again today to see if I could spot Boris Johnson at Mayor's Question Time. This is the big monthly meeting where all the London Assembly members get to harangue him for a couple of hours. They only hold it once a month and the date changes every month, so it's not the easiest of things to visit. And it's right slap bang in the middle of the day as well (10 AM to 12 noon), on a weekday, but it's well worth doing if you can get the time off work.
For the first hour this was the best show I've ever seen. But then it started to live up to its name -- Les Miserables. But for that first hour though, it was pretty fantastic.
Queen's Theatre is in a great place down Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of the West End. You've got Chinatown right across the road, Piccadilly Circus two minutes walk away, and Leicester Square two minutes on from that. You could probably walk to Trafalgar Square in about 10-15 minutes. They've been playing "Les Miserables" for about three thousand years so the front is plastered with a huge billboard from top to bottom, two-stories high. If you're coming to see "Les Miserables" then you can't miss it.
Just checked into The Kingsley Hotel and it's pretty posh. Or maybe it's not posh, because I don't really go anywhere that's posh. But by my lowly standards... it's posh. Even the cleaner I bumped into is nice and polite and posh. Every time you pass a member of staff they smile and say hello like they've met you before.