“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
London is definitely the city of my heart.
You can breath history, poetry, literature, innovation, music, art and above all freedom. It can offer whatever you need or like. It is a melting pot; old and new, east and west, north and south.
London never looks like the way it was. It changes a few times since then. Restaurants, pubs, markets, skyline, etc. keep changing over and over again. You can’t say you know London perfectly, neither do Londoners. There will always be something new you’ll be mesmerised by.
My motto is: “If you can love London on a rainy day, imagine when the sun shines!”.
That’s why, in this very first article, I’d like to share with you some of my favourite spots where people can have a good time during spring or summer.
If the weather is clement, there’s no need to take buses or tube, you can reach nice spots and landmarks just walking through the city.
The river Thames walk, for instance, allows you to sightsee at no cost: Big Ben, House of Parliament, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Tate Modern museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and much more.
Along the way do not forget to stop by Borough Market where cuisines from all over the world meet and melt, mirroring the history of cultures living in London. But, as you may already know, every melting pot comes at a price. As a matter of fact, London hasn’t always been a welcoming and open-minded place; its history recalls hard times and episodes of racial discrimination. In this regard, I warmly suggest you to read, before or during your trip, the novel by Samuel Selvon: The lonely Londoners.
Moving forward the path, you can also stop at the London Riviera. A modern concept of beach along the river Thames where you can enjoy a beer on a beach lounger watching a Wimbledon competition or singing songs during a karaoke session.
During summer many terraces give access to their roofs to tourists and Londoners.
My favourite venue of this kind is definitely the Frank’s Cafe.
Fancy a beer or a Spritz while chatting and waiting for sunset? Well, this is the place you are looking for.
- Restaurant/Pub: Frank’s Cafe (Peckham Rye Overground station)
- Book: The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon