A walk through London
Before lockdown, I went to London every chance I got for a day out. I love the attractions, the sights, the buses, the events, and the hundreds of years of history. Everywhere you look and the amazing little things that I would discover on every trip.
The last time I was in London, I was there for the weekend to attend the London Film and Comic Con with my best friend and my sister. On the Saturday afternoon, we decided to go for a wander and ended up at Trafalgar Square. We had a walk around. We were walking past the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church when I saw the glass dome to the Café in the Crypt.
I hadn’t noticed it before and just had to go and check it out. I loved everything about it, the crypt of the church had been converted into a cafe over 30 years ago, how fantastic is that! It’s just a few steps down into the crypt and the cafe, beautifully merged into something so unique. It’s a bit cold inside but the lovely hot drinks and food soon warmed me up. Once we were done, we took a tour of the headstones just off of the cafe. Where else can you have a hot drink and then tour headstones?
Even with the many many trips that I have been on to London, there are countless attractions that I haven’t seen. I think the best way to see the sights is on an open top bus. Not only do you get to see all the amazing sights but you have the option to get on and off as much as you want or get comfy in your seat and take it all in.
The amount of history at your fingertips in the city always amazes me. Like the Tower of London, it’s central building, the Stone Tower, was built in 1070. It is 950 years old and it’s still standing. People are still walking around the same rooms that William The Conqueror walked around nearly 1000 years ago. They are in the same building where in 1605, Guy Fawkes was taken into the basement and tortured for trying to blow up parliament.
The iconic Tower Bridge isn’t as old as the Tower of London. Its construction was finished in 1894, but it is still such a marvelous building. It has never fallen, unlike London Bridge, for over a hundred years. This bridge has been one of the most recognised landmarks.
My favourite place in all of London is Leicester Square. It i’s right next to China Town so fantastic food is only a minute away, the Odeon Cinema where most films will have their UK Premiers. In the middle of the square is a beautiful relaxed area. There I have enjoyed many chilled out hours watching the world go by, there is usually some sort of live performance happening and the Empire Cinema. There I enjoyed attending the FrightFest Horror Films Festival 5 years in a row. I have so many beautiful memories there.
As I write this piece, I have the biggest smile on my face. I am thinking of all my happy times in London and all the things I can’t wait to see and do when we can finally travel again properly.
Author: Suzy King