In London

Twenty -two years after my last visit, I’m back in London. I have to say that it has changed a lot. I’m still struggling to get a feel on the city but after a full day of walking around (Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Knightsbridge, Oxford Street, Paddington), I still haven’t managed to do that. For the most part, I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not in New York. And I’m not a huge fan of New York anyway.

Also, I can’t seem to find a bookstore anywhere. All I find are Gaps and Zaras that I can’t stand at home either.

But of course the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster Abbey are sublime. The Millennium Wheel is a little incongruous.

I keep almost being run over by traffic because I keep forgetting what direction the cars come from. The British accent is so sophisticated that I feel very dowdy with my Midwestern pronunciation.

Now we are planning to find a good Indian restaurant. There have got to be many around Paddington, right?

6 thoughts on “In London

  1. This is a tragedy but I am so proud of the students at the same time. There is a war going on in Quebec.

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  2. I lived in London for a year and never really got a feel for it… maybe that’s why I left! There’s a great bookshop called Foyles on Charing Cross Road – it’s huge, check it out! If you prefer second-hand bookshops, THE district for those is just off that road: there’s quite a few on Cecil Court.

    And for the best Indian in London, go to Tayyab’s in Whitechapel, closest station Aldgate East (the restaurant is on Fieldgate Street, just round the corner from the East London Mosque). Book ahead if you can, or go for lunch rather than dinner, or go early, or get take out, or be prepared to queue for a table, because it’s unbelievably popular (because it’s unbelievably amazing). Also, that area is pretty cool anyway (check out the market on Brick Lane if you’re there in the day) and somewhere that often gets missed by tourists who tend to stick to the centre.

    Ok, London IS awesome and I miss it…

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  3. The place that has good Indian restaurants in London is the east side. Farringdon, I think, was the tube stop.

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  4. In my judgment, it is better not to focus on Piccadily, Oxford Street etc. these are highly commercialized. Visit the Tower of London, Covent Garden where there are wondrous numbers of little stores and shops, Churchill’s Cabinet Rooms in Westminster (the underground rooms where he ran his government during the Blitz of London. Take a trip out to Windsor Castle. Take a boat trip down the River Thames. VisitVisit St. Paul’s Cathedral and view the tomb of Sir Chistopher Wren: ‘Si monumentum requiris, circumspice’. Those represent the authentic London.

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