London: An Aberration

When it comes to being a typical city London is not, few cities have the long and vibrant history that it does. A walk down the banks of the River Thames will reveal some of the most visited historical landmarks and tourist attractions in the world such as: the Palace of Westminster, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. The city has done a superb job at preserving its traditional architecture, however it has not shied from allowing modern architecture to take its place alongside more traditional forms.

Above is a picture of the Palace of Westminster, the home to the British Parliament which consist of two houses, the House of Lords and the House of the Commons. During the summer you can take a guided tour which includes visiting both the Lords and Commons Chambers, the Queen robbing Room and Westminster Hall. Each week when parliament is in session the Prime Minister (PM) holds a question and answer session on Wednesdays where members of parliaments (MPs) get the chance to quiz the PM. The ever so lively exchange takes place in the Commons Chamber, it was fun that I got to touch the dispatch box the PM usually leans on or places his documents while he responds. Unfortunately during the tour you are not allowed to sit down on the benches for a simple reason, we aren’t member of parliament.

Moving down the Thames you run into Tower Bridge, the bridge is often misidentified as London Bridge which is next bridge upstream. The ionic bridge is located next to another historical site the Tower of London serving as variety of functions over the centuries a royal palace, a prison, armory, home to the crown jewels and a very famous execution site.

Getting around London is fairly easy, using the London underground, bus network, and national rail services. We easily went from London Heathrow to Central London and then onto Limehouse Station on the Docklands Light Rail where our hotel was located.