London: A vintage look

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford,” so said Samuel Johnson and his words are as true today as they were when he penned them over two hundred years ago. From it Roman origins as a garrison town to its heyday as the capital of the biggest empire the world has ever seen, London offers something for everyone. A good way to get an orientation tour is on one of the open-topped buses which tour the City at regular intervals, or go on the Millenium Wheel near the old County Hall to see the whole panorama of the river from the Millbank Tower and new residential development to the south and west down to Canary Wharf on the site of the old docks and the Dome to the east. London is built on two hills – on one is St Paul’s, on the other the Tower – built by the Normans to subdue the Saxon City into submission and itself a major attraction with the 19th century bridge guarding the Pool of London.. Visit the parks – the envy of many other cities – the green lungs of London, many associated with the royals palaces at Green Park, St James’s, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Or explore the museums like a vitrual trip around the world in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum and the endlessly fascinating Science Museum. One of the biggest attractions is Madame Tussauds, the waxworks started by a refugee from the French Revolution. Marie Tussaud modelled Voltaire at the same time as Johnson was making his declaration about London, and her shows have drawn in the crowds ever since, showing that the cult of celebrity is alive

I took these photos in my latest trip to the UK in Nov 14′ , Enjoy

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