"London, England" London by DrewV
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<font face=verdana size=+1 color=red><center><i><b>London's Drowning and I Live by the River...</i>
-- the Clash</b></center></font>
<font face=verdana>London. How does one describe a city like London? You see, here's the problem: we're using English right now, a fine language developed in London over the course of the centuries. I doubt that when Shakespeare was writing his plays on the South Bank that he knew that the words he would invent (like "lonely") would be perpetuated around the world. English is the <i>lingua franca</i> of the world (much to the chagrin of the Franks). Therefore, as the center of the English-speaking world, London is the center of the entire world.
Sure, New York, LA, Washington, and Auckland might press their case, but I'm an Anglophile and I say that London is the center of the world. Even before finally arriving in London this January, I knew so much about the city. English culture revolves around its capital, and America still has quite a large soft spot for the "old country." We adopt the royal family as our own; we adopt every musical craze to crawl from the Thames (British Invasion, New Wave, punk, reggae, Britpop, Spice Girls... I didn't say we should have taken them <i>all</i>...); we've even got the Weakest Link now!
The moral of the story is that London is a big important town. And it feels like a big important town. That means that it's much more manageable than a New York or even a Paris or Madrid. London is easy to get around, relatively polite, and full of world-class pubs. The food is terrific; the beer flows well; everything is peachy. Great town. Now, if they'd only give me a job...
I've got a ridiculous amount of information on this page. Start with this front page, then after you've seen the requisite introductory stuff, move to the various neighbourhoods. Start in <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/52/?s=u">The City of London</a>, that ancient and famous one-mile square financial centre. Move west along Oxford Street to <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/53/?s=u">Central London</a>, featuring Soho and Covent Garden. Moving west, we reach <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/54/?s=u">Westminster</a>, home to Parliament and a particularly large Abbey. Behind that, of course, is <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/55/?s=u">Whitehall</a>, where the wheels of government spin (or stall, depending on your political perspective). Across Hyde and Regents Park, we've got <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/56/?s=u">Northwest-ish London</a>, including St. John's Wood, Baker Street, and Marylebone. And lastly, no visit to London would be complete without a trip to <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.50051/article/1545/57/?s=u">Greenwich</a>, where you can get rained on in two hemispheres at once!
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