Dr. Samuel Johnson, an exceptionally famous Londoner from the 18th century, said: “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”. I’ve been in London for over a week now and, without being hyperbolic, it has been a complete whirlwind. I believe it was day two when I stated, while on a tour, that you could walk around this town for days and not traverse the same street twice, and seven days later I stand by that statement. I have taken several cursory tours now, some alone and some in led-groups, yet I feel as though at this point it would be irresponsible to give my full take on many of the historical sights that this city has. I haven’t spent the time yet to go inside of many of the buildings, saving them for a day when I am more settled and have more time to do so, however I can list everything that I have seen as of now.
Perhaps the most exhilarating sight was the midday ferry down the River Thames, which provided breathtaking views of the Clock Tower and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, O2 as well as many nondescript buildings in (mostly) London’s financial district. Wandering through the minute streets of the Soho district and finding small, stand-alone cafes whose food is incomparable to any other. The idiosyncratic parks one can find and take an afternoon stroll through are plentiful, from the huge Hyde Park and Regent’s Park to the more regal Green Park and St. James’s Park. School has just started which is beginning to take up a lot of time, however another post on the education system, as well as a more practical London guide will follow.