“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”: so go for a London weekend
As writer Samuel Johnson would say “you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford”. Indeed not only because of its own glorious history but also because of the huge richness brought into the British capital by the Commonwealth and the Monarchy, one lifetime is not enough to know London. And there is no better way to visit London than a holiday apartment rental. London hotels are ghostly expensive, crowded, overbooked whilst you want to enjoy feeling home therefore do not hesitate and go for a loft rental in London for your holiday or week-end.
Visiting London through museums, parks and fine art collections
About 550 hectares of London are covered by its parks spread around all the town. St James’ Park, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and the Serpentine, Kew Gardens, Green Park are the most peaceful places in London for a walk. Rent a holiday apartment in London and start your visit from the banks of the Thames. Get on a boat to see all London from its sacred river. The Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben stand in all their majesty aside the Thames, never ending symbols of the might of British Monarchy which was and in some ways still is the master of the world. Discover London through its museums the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Gallery, the Wallace Collection, Madame Tussaud worldwide famous wax museum, just to mention only some of them. Shopping is an everywhere activity in London from Harrod’s and Selfridges, through all shops in Regent Street and Oxford Street to the unconventional and pleasant flea markets in Camden, Portobello and Spitalfields not to be missed if you fancy antiques and vintage collections. To get the feeling of the 60ies walk in the area of Carnaby Street where everything speaks about the Beatles and their legend and stay in a local London guesthouse. Walking along St James Palace and the exclusive Pall Mall get to Buckingham Palace in time for Changing of the Guard. After visiting Chelsea and its wonderful 19th century mansions, Shoreditch modern art galleries, Sigmund Freud Museum in Camden and Canary’s Wharf marina yachting on river Thames, buy a ticket for the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel on the edge of the Thames, and get astonished at the sight of London at your feet. If you love 19th century mansions visit Sir John Soane’s Museum in Bloomsbury and its archeological treasures or Charles Dickens Musem in Doughty Street. Visit Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, eternal symbols of London all over the world.
Walking around the dark side of London
London is not only a town of fine arts and cultural tours. First recognized Temple of Freemasonry was funded and built in London. Visit Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen’s Street: its marvelous masonic halls and lodges in rare tasmanian mahogany woods and symbolic gold plated walls speak loud about London spiritual tradition. Discover all the mysteries of old Egypt hidden in the collections of the British Museum. Get on the tube and stop at Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes Museum brings back the myth of the immortal detective created by the freemason writer Arthur Conan Doyle. Follow the steps of Jack the Ripper and visit Whitechapel where once rich aristocrats and upper class members used to wander looking for late night emotions. On the path of Jack the Ripper and his unfortunate murdered women, find the steps of Oscar Wilde and of his lover friend Lord Alfred Douglas hunting gay bars in a late 19TH century puritan London ruled by Queen Victoria. Visit the Tower of London and the Jewels of the Crown. Inside the Tower of London you will find one of the two London Museums of Torture, the second one being Clink Prison Museum in Clink Street. Visit Temple Church, mysterious circular temple where the beautiful burial statues of Templar Knights hide the secret of this sacred building once dedicated to a pagan goddess. Rent a loft in London Canary’s Wharf on the marina yachting and reach Westminster every day on a private boat on the Thames.
London by night
Soho by night is the centre of all London attractions. Around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square you will find hundreds of cabarets, cinemas, theatres, music halls, one man shows and live performances but also burlesque and strip tease bars, in other words everything that you may wish for your evening in London along with international and British restaurants open until late night for a late dinner. You should rent a flat in London Piccadilly for enjoying its very special atmosphere.
Charlotte Bronte used to say “ I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me”. Let the spirit of London bewitch you. You will not regret it.
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