We’ve been in London lots of times but we always get disappointed about the food. We went to visit our Londoner couple-friends who invited us to a gastronomic tasting at a Thai restaurant in Forest Hill. The quality of the food, the ambience and the service are impeccable. We shall go back there again!
How do I describe the West End?
..It’s a must-see in the light where you can sit in Leicester Park and watch street performers, media personalities, camera-toting tourists or London fashionistas go by
..It’s a must-be-there in the dark when it comes alive owing to the bars and clubs located in little streets off leicester square
– It’s a must-watch-a-musical at least once in your lifetime
and as bonus;
– it’s a must-catch-a-movie-premiere with its red carpets, the glitzy gowns and the limousines…
The West End, along with Soho, is what they call in London parlance, the Theaterland, the heart of performing arts because it is where a big number (more than 50!) of theaters and cinemas are found. If you want to experience the highest level of theatre in the Theater Capital of the World, then this is the place.
Unfortunately, I was there at the time when Britain’s freak snow was just about ebbing away so there were no street performers that day but it was still crowded with tourists nonetheless.
This clock has become the symbol of the United Kingdom and London. It is the world’s largest, four-faced, chiming clock and the third largest, free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009.
This cast-iron miniature version of Big Ben was erected in 1892 in Victoria Street. For 75 yrs it was the meeting place for French people outside Victoria Station before they catch their train to the channel ferries. It was removed from the site in 1964, re-erected in 1981 as a little symbol of Franco-British love. It tells British Summer Time permanently so that for half the year it tells French time rather than English.
Little Ben has this little apology for summertime:
My hands you may retard or may advance
My heart beats true for England as for France
The Blue Plaques of Britain
While walking around London, I noticed some blue round stickers glued on public walls. I thought their purpose was purely comical but after googling “blue signs england”, I learned that there are actually Blue Plaques and their purpose is purely commemorative.
Hence these blue stickers are just the “celebrities’ version” of the real thing:
City Hall of London. The shape is sometimes called a misshapen egg, a motorcycle helmet but its mayor refers to it as a glass testicle.
The Tower Bridge…. so-called because it is near the Tower of London
Built in the second half of the 19th century, it is actually designed as a drawbridge to allow river traffic
The eternal rain and cold in this country has led to the term “English weather”..You don’t go to this country worriying about the cold, after all, it is still charming!
The countrysides are pretty, the matured trees, the hilly landscapes, the cottage houses, the gardens and the very charming facades of pubs and shops are what makes England very lovable.