What a perfect time to visit London, the weather is lovely this time of year and even when it isn't, London has so much to offer indoors, it is worth visiting any time of year.
Where would you head first if you were visiting London? My first stop would have to be :
The Tower of London.
As a historical novelist, I would love to visit the World Heritage listed Tower of London. I'd no doubt have a travel guide in one pocket and 'The White Queen' Philippa Gregory's bestselling historical novel series of The Cousins' War, in the other. I'd hope to learn more of the incredible stories from that era.
I wonder what others think of when they enter the tower. How many of us allow our fantasies to roam to the mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown?
Kew Gardens would be high on my list. As an artist, sculptor and gardener, somehow I would need an extended visa just to take in this one location.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, consist of over 300 acres of beautiful garden spaces and almost a hundred attractions including great glasshouses and an exotic collection of plants from all over the world. Yes, an Australian could even find a touch of home in these gardens although they call our wattle mimosas over there.
Things you might not know about the Kew Gardens is their changing attractions. Currently you can go boating on Bompas and Parr’s Tutti Frutti Boating Lake, created in the never-before-open-to-the-public Palm House Pond. Hire your vessel and take in the view as you drift across the azure-blue waters. Stop at the floating pineapple island, complete with giant pineapple and enter the secret banana grotto.
I have to smile and confess I learned about many of the locations in London, initially by playing monopoly by kerosine lamplight in the Australian bush.
The magnificent palaces and Abby's, so beautifully restored, are almost incomprehensible to Australians who consider a one hundred and fifty year old building, ancient. Some of the must see, include Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude, and GMT). Plus Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard.
About London, United Kingdom
London is an ancient city that still bears traces of the founding Roman settlement. It is fascinating for an Australian to discover a city that has preserved its historic medieval boundaries.
London is renown as a city of culture. Many Australian artists and musicians I know place high priority on exhibiting and performing in London. Indeed success there can increase their profile once they return home.
While not a large city, London is considered a world cultural capital and it is the most visited city as judges by international arrivals. London is one of the most multi-cultural cities on earth. You simply have to experience it.
Ryn Shell writes stories of crime, love and Australia.
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Formerly Kathy Shell of Buninyong Gallery.
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