For me, probably the most beautiful and interesting
city in Europe. It has an amazing atmosphere, clean everywhere, even in the
subway, which is not crowded like a Parisian. Beautiful parks with lots of
animals, historical monuments, modern attractions, street artists, many museums
as well as all the toilet for free. Even everywhere speak English, which
surprised me :)
To London is
possible to fly from Bratislava by Ryanair to the airports Luton or Stansted.
Both are about the same – approx. 60 miles from London, so it is necessary to count
with the additional travel costs from
the airport to London. We landed at Stansted airport and for transport to
Victoria Station we chose a National Express bus. Return ticket cost £ 17. At
the airport there are several carriers, so you have a choice and you can also
travel by train but the price is almost double.
booked in advance the accommodation in the hotel Cherry Court, 2 minutes walk
from the Victoria Station. The location was excellent because immediately after
arriving to London we were accommodated and we could start to exploring London.
The room was small, but clean. Toilet
and shower were in the room, like satellite TV, kettle, tea bags, coffee and
sugar which was an advantage. Every morning there was in the room the basket
with fruit, juice and cereal bars. For negative I have to mention poorly
running water and also incomprehensible
5% surcharge for credit card payment in the final billing. Certainly in London
can be found even cheaper accommodation, but we were willing to pay for
the great location and cleanliness £ 65
per night per room.
Because we did
not buy day ticket Travel Card (£ 7 for subway, bus) for the first day, we had
selected the places reachable on foot from our hotel.
Through Victoria Street we passed along the
Westminster Cathedral (the largest Catholic church in London).
to Westminster Abbey The temple was from
outside really wonderful, we hesitated whether to stay in queue to and pay £ 17
for entry. There was writtien that the Saturday morning there is a free access
to some Holy Communion, so we decided to go back on Saturday morning and to see
the interior of the temple. The next day, however, to the abbey was allowed only
people who went to confession.
unpleasantly surprised me a little, but it applies just as well as Paris, was the
traffic around the city's most famous places. Such a difference in comparison with Prague
where you can go by walk from Wenceslas Square to Old Town Square and from
there across the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. One day I will be mayor
of London, and I will deny the traffic in the city center: o)
Abbey there is another important building - the Palace of Westminster, ie
Parliament. Beautiful building on the banks of the Thames with known bell tower
of Big Ben is one of the most famous symbol of London. We admired it only from
the outside, as it was already late afternoon and entry was not possible. I
regretted it a bit, because I somewhere read that the bell Big Ben, you can see
even free. Probably the most beautiful views of Parliament are offered from
nearby Westminster Bridge and from the opposite shore. We did some pictures and
I planed to come back for evening photos.
The London Eye
Eye is a kind of Eiffel Tower of London. It was opened on the occasion of New
Year 2000. It consists of several cabins (I think 32) into which fits over 25
people. For half an hour once rotated about its axis and for this experience you
will pay approximately 19 pounds. We purchased a package Eye + Madame Tussauds
in advance via the Internet and saved, as compared with the official price list
30%. Before boarding to London Eye there was a control of baggage. One guard
was not willing to let me inside the cabine with my small plastic Gorrila flexible tripod but hisr black colleaque
who probably know this tripod let us go inside. The view from Eye is very nice,
especially the Parliament, Buckingham Palace, but the better view was other day
from the Monument or from the dome of
St. Paul's Cathedral. Other problem is that you are "outside the
window". We noted that the Eiffel Tower was certainly a bigger adrenaline.
A part of our ticket was also the entrance to the 4d projection. I was wondering what has just
may be the "fourth dimension". The performance lasted only 10
minutes, but it was great. In addition to traditional 3D observed through the glasses
we felt also smelle, it rained on us, blowing wind .... really cool experience.
Westminster Bridge we returned to the central London andthroug the major
government street Whitehall we took away to the most famous London address 10
Downing Street, the seat of the prime minister. The street was barred as a
result of an assassination attempt some years ago, so we can at least look the
prime minister security.
We felt a
real London rain or drizzle but fortunately only once of our stay, although
the showers predicted by TV. Not far from the Prime Minister office there is
the castle with a large area of the Horse Guard Parade. We took a picture
with the guard, we visited the area where the Exchange of horse guard takes
place every morning. There were built stands for the forthcoming Olympics
(beach volleyball was planned there). From there was only a short walk to the
London's most famous Trafalgar Square, which disappointed me a little bit.
Statue of Admiral Nelson on a high pedestal and four lions standing there as I
expected. In addition, however, nothing interesting. No life, street
performers, nothing what I would expect from Trafalgar square. So I scrambled
to one of the lions and asked my wife to
capture a photo It was not easy I
have to say.
representative street The Mall, we went towards Buckingham Palace. It was
already evening so we guessed which the building will be Clarence House - the
residence of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. We found it by the stands for
the guard, and a few curious tourists who were excited when they saw a car
which just came to the courtyard Clarence House.
Buckingham Palace was a really night life .... several people built teh
road, the stands for the Olympics. It
was not very good for our photos, but..... Finaly about ten o clock we
went very tired to the hotel and slept
plan to visit Greenwich by boat we
cahnged and travelled by underground towards Tower. London underground is
specific in that direction is not known by the last stop as in Prague, but a
world apart. So always be aware of is whether you want to go to the platform
Westbound, Eastbound etc. I asked for direction to Tower and the railman sent
us exactly the opposite direction - perhaps an English joke. So we spent some
waste time and finally got to the Tower of London. Admission was indeed only £ 20 per person ..... We decided to rather to
walk around Tower Bridge, which was for me a symbol of London. It is incredible
that already in 1870 people develped a mechanism that could tilted bridge in
order to let the ship sail under it.
both the waterfront near the bridge i.e. St.Katherin's an Butler's Dock Wharf
and found a suitable place where I planned to go back because of the shooting
evening Tower Bridge. By nice walk through the waterfront and London Bridge we
were in the city of skyscrapers. We climbed over 300 steps to the prospect of
The Monument. Admission was not high and the view was really worth. Only a steel
mesh that prevented suiciders to jump
down was a little bit problem to take a good photos.
skyscrapers around us very interesting was a cucumber that we had a chance
to study also more close (see my HDR photos bellow) and then a brand new Shard
skyscraper on the other side of the river, which was not finished yet. With a
height of 310 m will become the tallest building in the EU. But now under
construction there are the buildings which will be even taller (f.e. the new building
in Le Defence district in Paris).
that we had a day ticket today we went a lot of kilometers on foot. But it
was a really big problem to understand the bus traffic. We tried to use
one bus but it drove in the opposite direction than we planned, so we better passed
a few streets to the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England on foot. Buildings
that were majestic but this quarter wasduring the weekend quite depopulated.
on foot we went to St. Paul Cathedral. It was beautiful, only pity that there
was a ban of taking pictures. Admission was £ 15 I think, but it was worth it,
as well as a view of the dome. We made more than 259 stairs to reach the dome.
The dome of the cathedral is so important building that is mandated by law to
all the surrounding buildings have to be lower not to interfere the view to the
cathedral. It was held there also the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince
dome we saw a pedestrian street leading to the Millennium Bridge. This
pedestrian bridge opened on the threshold of the millennium and the next day they
had to close it for several months because a lot of people caused
a problem with the static. The bridge offering the beautiful views of the cathedral. On the
other side of the bridge near the Gallery of Modern Art Modern Tata there were
a lot of people. We did go inside to the gallery, but we adimred pieces of
street artists and we are transported to the Covent Garden Market. There's
literally lived by street artists, as well marketeer offering all kind of souvenirs.
the ride of double decker and from the floor we watched the traffic on Oxford
We got off
at Marble Arch (former gallows, where 24 convicts were daily executed) and we continued
to Hyde Park. It was pretty cold and around the famous Speaker Corner was nobody
who would like to speak.
time was close, so we returned by underground to the London Eye. Views of
highlighted Eye, Parliament, Big Ben was definitely worth it.
I do not
know whether it was a good idea, but we returned also to the city, we passed Chinatown, looking at the flood of
different individuals the famous Soho and Piccadilly Circus. A busy square with
a statue of Amor was not very nice. Probably would have been more meaningful
life to feed cows than to live here ....
Sunday day was marked by changing of the guard, parks, castles and museums. We
started it by walk through Green Park to St. James's Palace, which is still the
official residence of the royal family and a place which is mainly used by
Prince Charles and Camilla from the nearby Clarence House for the parties.
steps led through the beautiful St.James Park on Horse Guards Parade where was
at 10:00 the exchange of the horse guards. Sunday is a perfect day when is
possible to catch not only that exchange
but also the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace scheduled for
11:30 am. Both parades were beautiful, but time consuming. Now I understand
what does it means when someone "makes the ceremony." Buckingham
Exchange was followed by hundreds of curious tourists. It lasted min. one hour. Sometimes a commander barked
something, then someone transferred from one side to the other and
so again and again. More simply would be asi whether Betty slept well and whether nothing special has not happened during the night: o)
The shopping centrum Harrods
One of the
most luxurious stores in the world with 330 stores and more than one million
square meters shopping area, over 5000 employees.
Natural History Museum
History Museum is one of the most famous museums in the world. It contains
about 70 million articles. It is known by the collection of dinosaur skeletons.
A significant dominant at the entrance to the museum i the Skeleton of dipolodok.
Admission is free as well as in other major London museums and also taking
photos is free. Museums in London are
financed from revenues from gambling.
Royal Albert Hall
prominent building with an oval floor plan and a large glass dome, which
devoted to the memory of Queen Victoria husband Albert. It was opened in 1871.
There are 7,000 seats inside. In 1977 the hall was held final concert of ABBA. Behind
the hall in Kensington Gardens, is a memorial devoted to Prince Albert.
Palace is located in the big Kensington Gardens. It's a royal residence. Years
ago, it was the seat of Princess Diana. NOw it is home for Princess Kate and
Prince William. Kate is satisfied with the
palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and servants. Perhaps a little
idyll with William will last as long as possible.
Again in the centrum of London
4th dayWax museum
Tussauds as a young girl learned from her employer Philip Curtis how to
work with wax and make masks. During the French Revolution produced masks of
executed aristocrats. After the death of Curtis in 1802 moved his waxwork
exhibition in England.
definitely has to be added to the agenda during a visit of London. Besides the
figurines is very interesting also other programm, 3D cinema, underground train
ride where in a few minutes run over the whole history of England.
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