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London Calling In Love
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The fantabulous Brits have told many a love story in their time – the rivaling hearts of Arthur and Guinevere, the hauntingly adoring Victoria and Albert, the ballad of John and Yoko, and the spit-fire passioneering of Sid and Nancy. London is a diorama of contradiction-mystification - both imposingly gothic and sly-dee-da mod, dimply dainty-esque and rebel-rousingly brash. Its Tudor-esque tantalization waltzes a’top every tower, while a rockingly swell time froths and sloshes down with the commoners below. A guaranteed curried and epicurean good-time is always on tap - jam-packed with barmy, pinky-raising sightseeing, and tea cosy, crumpet-y yummy crumb bed-ins.
the romance
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Accessorize your sweet’le-mania with the eye-popping, synapse-firing neon of Piccadilly Circus. Have a slice of homemade steak pie or on-the-house rock cake at an ice-cream parlour gone gangsta’ headquarters. Loll about in the Rose Gardens of Hyde Park in an emerald-speckled manicured heaven, making sure to pit-stop at the infamous statuette of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Turn-of the-century décor accentuates the ridiculously gorgeous Rivoli Ballroom – why not get sprung on its velvety enshrouded maplewood dance floor, oh baby, oh blimey!
Lay down some quid for a pair of Soho heels and then nookie around town for a monocle and taffeta-coated evening at Covent Garden or Royal Albert Hall. Take on a tour of the reconstructed pride and joy of ol’Billy Shakespeare, The Globe Theatre, or its eloquent counterpart and thorny competitor, The Rose, before settling in for a gin and tonic at a nearby doused-in-blue bar, inspired by a certain bombastically sapphy bottle.
the scenery
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Postcard-jolly telephone booths, bumbly-grumbly double-decker buses, smashingly decadent designer boutiques, Banksy graffiti, and a muttony of pubs make this one fully monty of a town. Overlooking the sludgy river Thames, St Katharine's Dock makes for not a bad perch when it comes to scanning the horizon for the Tower Bridge. The twee tube (irony intended), will dash here there and everywhere but make sure to come up for air and check out Kings Cross St Pancras station, an 1876 Victorian beaut’ of an infrastructure. Galivanting about got you a bit cockneyed-out? Try a cooling, countryside excursion to the county of Bath.
the adventure
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The Tower of London is most definitely off its trolley thanks to its goosebumpy history of scandalous off-with-their head predicaments and slew of tortured hearts. As you mosey around the grounds you’re likely to see a reenactment of a portly beefeater gearing up a mock catapault. If the price of handbags has strengthened your threshold for the scary, uncover doom and gloom at London Dungeon, located under the railway bridge of Tooley Street. If you’re a lass with a thing for freestyle snogging aerial style, the London Eye is a must, the world’s largest dizzy-inducer of a ferris wheel. And what could be more terrifying than a beer garden packed with rapt rugby fans on an international match day? Case in point.
the secrets
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Saw-juggling buskers, Bengalese Brick Lane, and envelope pushing, synthetic-huggin’ Tate Modern all help to make up the unique sights and vibes of London’s alt-side. Visit Temple Church, house-quarters for the mythical, 12th century Knights Templar. In any Camden caff, you’re sure to rub elbows with the snookered and arty. Delve deep into Chislehurst, a labyrinth of hollowed out chalk tunnels that lead to such eerie delights as a potential Druidic altar, air raid shelter, and uncanny pools - as well as a stage for such past musical epiphanic performances as David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
the attractions
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As it so happens, London isn’t known for its gastronomical feats (black pudding and blood-sausage anyone?) so much as for its literal royal treatment. Get a gander at some seriously self-controlled footwork and bearskin apparel at the ‘changing of the guards’ at Buckingham Palace - then step back as far as the fountains for a nice big pan (they say the Queen is in if the flag is raised).
On a bubbly, pubby street corner, bask in the commonwealthed-out exuberance of the Westminster Parliament and exorbitant clock tower, Big Ben, himself. Both the British Museum and the National Gallery serve up absolute world-class caliber expositions and exhibitions remarking our globe’s cultural expansiveness and peak examples of human ingenious.
before you go
What to Expect
Spring: April through June are mild, wet and windy months (7-12°C/45-54°F).
Summer: Although the weather can be unpredictable in the summer, it also tends to be the driest. July through September are usually warm and sunny, with occasional bouts of rain (15-22°C/59-72°F). High tourist season.
Autumn: October through December are pleasant and mild months, although it tends to be the wettest season (12-17°C/54-63°F).
Winter: January through March are cool and wet months (1-6°C/34-43°F).
Londoners are trendy and original when it comes to fashion, so go wild. Don’t forget an umbrella.
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The Lingo
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Fish and chips: Fish (usually haddock or cod) deep-fried in breadcrumbs with a side of French fries
Bangers and mash: Sausages and mash potatoes served with a rich onion gravy
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