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 museums?
And these are my favourite museums I have visited:
The best military places?
And here are some military related places that I liked:
I've been to both "Changing the Guard" ceremonies now (at Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards Parade), and Trooping the Colour and the State Opening of Parliament too, so this was the last one to complete my set... the "Dismounting Ceremony", or "Four O'Clock Parade".
Samuel Johnson is one of those famous people that no one knows anything about. If you read a lot of London history like I do (for this site), then of course you're going to bump into him from time to time. But 90% of the people out there won't have a clue I'm guessing. That might know that he was a London wit, who wrote a dictionary, but that's about it. So why would they bother to visit his house? That's a toughie.
Okay... so I finally got around to watching Changing the Guard at Horse Guards today. I've already done the one at Buckingham Palace, so I thought I'd give this a go and see what the difference is.
I've seen Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace already, so I went to see other one today -- Changing the Guard on Horse Guards Parade. I'm not going to tell you about that this week though, because it takes place in two different areas at once -- on the parade ground and also in the courtyard, through the arches. And I could only film one of them today. So I will tell you all about that next week, once I have had an opportunity to film the whole lot.
I climbed up Big Ben today to see the bell, which was pretty cool. It's not as easy to get into Big Ben as it is to get into Parliament, which is a bit wierd. You can't just turn up and ask for a tour. What you have to do is write a letter to your local MP and ask for a ticket. I did that way back in May, and got a place for today a few weeks later -- four months in the future. They make you fill out a little spreadsheet too with all your personal details, so they can perform a security check. And that's before you even step through the door and get frisked and have your photo taken.
Another cold, grey and rainy day in London. I got absolutely soaked on the way to Parliament today and when I turned up at the gate where all the gun cops stand I felt like a right nana. I was the first one there too, right on the dot of 9 o'clock. The first tour doesn't start until 9.15, but after last year I wanted to get there early so I didn't have to wait around all day. That was a good move -- that is what you should do too if you decide to go. The ticket office opens at 8.45 AM and you should be there then, on the dot, grab a ticket, and hot-foot it over the road so you can speed through security at 9 AM. There are big advantages at being on the first tour of the day, as I will explain.
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