If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Spain? Italy? France? Well whatever your chosen place is, I’d guess quite confidently that it isn’t London. After spending three days there myself, I can’t help but wonder why that is.
Although it may not have the main selling points that other places across the globe have – like warm weather for example – it certainly offers enough to make me proud to be English.
Without trying to sound too much like an advert for ‘Visit London’, or like an over-involved patriot, we have so much to be proud of in our capital city. You can see the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben all within the same five minutes. And there are other lesser-known attractions as well.
For instance, did you know that London is home to one of only four ‘Cinnabon’ restaurants in the UK? This may not sound important to you, but if you had tried one of their delightful cinnamon buns drizzled in sauce and toppings then you would certainly see this fact as a huge selling point for London as well. And my record of three buns in three days makes me expertly qualified to offer my critique on them. My verdict: they’re mouthwateringly good!
Here’s another fact for you: the BFI Imax in London has the biggest cinema screen in the whole of Britain. At 26 by 20 metres and with glorious 3D, it certainly makes a film experience more memorable. Especially if you go and see a film such as Gravity like I did. Trust me, it really feels like you’re trapped in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. You can decide for yourself whether that’s a good thing or not!
Another huge part of London that seems to be almost always omitted from the brochures is Chinatown. If, like me, you’re a fan of Chinese food then it is the place for you. If, like anyone, you’re a fan of cheap food then it is also the place for you!
It also seems to be the place to be if you like English food in all sorts of weird and wonderful flavours; and after just finishing off my packet of peach and grape Oreos I can vouch that they are, mostly, all delicious!
A more well-known attraction is the Hard Rock Café, but what is less well known is the sheer amount of memorabilia they have. In a hidden vault below their gift shop you can see Kurt Cobain’s guitar, Bob Dylan’s guitar and even Freddie Mercury’s chair.
Even the more well-known attractions are still interesting and fun to visit. Going on the previously mentioned London Eye is a unique experience, even if the only thing you get out of it is being part of the “I’ve been on the London Eye” club.
And although that right to brag about that comes at a cost, there are a surprising amount of things in London that don’t cost a penny. Like the Tate Modern Art Gallery which guarantees a “unique” experience for everybody. To some people the works of art are a bold symbolism on society and life, to others it looks like a finger painting done by a primary school child. At the end of the day, if everybody enjoys it then who can say who is right?
And although the freebies are great, the things you pay for are worth every penny. And the best way to spend all your money is by shopping. Carnaby Street is a particularly money-draining experience but I don’t think anyone cares one bit – not even my friend who bought a £30 velvet cowboy hat.
If I haven’t persuaded you by now then this next point will certainly get some of you on board: it’s British! In fact, it’s quintessentially British, from the red London buses to the black London taxis. Despite this it still maintains its multiculturalism and this way it manages to make any British person swell with pride, without making them feel like they’re being smothered with a Union Jack.
And this is clear in the mood of the people – you would expect in a city that has a vast amount of office workers that there would be a lot of miserable people but in fact the opposite is true. I wouldn’t say that there are people dancing around the streets in joy, but there’s certainly enough friendly people smiling to give the area a wave of positivity.
So there, that’s my view of London. It’s a great city with so much to see and do. And what’s more, it’s right on the doorstep of anyone living in England. Therefore, although Spain or Italy may have slightly more sun shining on it, I would urge you to visit London to see what it’s all about. Also, buy a Cinnabon. Cinnabons are awesome.