Planning a trip to LONDON. I thought it might be interesting to see what those of you who know the city would recommend doing. Does not have to be art related, food, discovery, fun, must do, etc. What do you suggest?
If you are planning some photographs of Parliament and Big Ben, be aware they are covered in scaffolding and look like a building site.....and will do probably for the next few years. Apart from that, make sure you walk from Westminster Bridge along the south side of the river to Tower Bridge, preferably at twilight/evening time and you will see why London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
I could spend many months in the museums... love the British Museum, Courtauld Gallery, National Gallery, Sir John Soane's Museum, V&A... many, many more. Also the Royal Parks are wonderful and easy to wander through on the way to somewhere. Up and down the banks of the Thames + cruising the river... the architecture everywhere...
Good for you! Have a great trip and enjoy the fabulous energy of London.
For "fun", take one of the "Jack the Ripper" nighttime tours. The tour of the city at night on its own is worth it. If you have a fast lens and your camera body controls digital noise well this is a great tour for after dark street photography. Damn, I'd love to get back over the pond again :)
When You take the boat instead a tube/train to Greenwich You have a nice view not only to the Tower Bridge but also to all the new buildings of the 'Thames architecture'. Don't take the tour boats. There is a line You can take with the Oyster Card.
Madame Tussault's is a absolutely must.
A beautiful one day walk (when photographing all the interesting points around) is: Trafalger Square - passing the gate to Downing Street - Parliament - Westminster Abbey - Horse Guards - Buckingham Palace - Green Park - Piccadilly Circus - Trafalger Square
If you like gardens, then Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are definitely worth a visit. There are 300 acres to explore and all the buildings have Listed status (special architectural merit). Oh, and it's a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
I suggest Robert that you skip London altogether and come to Ireland instead, visit the beautiful lakes of Killarney in Kerry, visit the Guinness brewery in Dublin and have a half dozen pints of the Black Stuff and after that go to Dingle or the Mizen Head in West Cork.
Mayfair for galleries, National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, The Mall (the red road to Buckingham Palace) and St James Park! The last three are all connected and Mayfair's not far off. Great on a sunny day! Enjoy
Yes Hyde Parks fabulous (had no idea you were London based Abbie, thought everyone was Stateside except me maybe we'll meet one day!). And if you, Robert, like people watching and more funky spaces perhaps Bricklane or Brixton on Saturdays are for you.