The London Notebook

NEW FEATURE – Welcome To The London Notebook

Welcome to a brand new Feature on the Phoenix Remix! One thing we really enjoy writing about is Travel and we have decided to expand on the writing we are doing about the topic! Whilst we are still keeping in the tradition of making our Tuesday Lunchtime articles inspired by a book it is also going to welcome Travel Tuesdays!

I have lived in London the majority of my life and it is a city that I have always been fascinated by because it doesn’t matter how many time you visit, you see something new.

Our brand new article is inspired by questions from a book called London Journal by Paperchase and each week we will look at different areas and topics about London! So, I hope you enjoy and lets kick things off!

London Quote of the Week

There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.

Vivienne Westwood

This Weeks Topic: London Sites To See

This week we look at a list of some of the most iconic sites to see in London and what ones I have and haven’t visited. Also whilst I have visited a lot of these, there are quite a few that I have only been to a few times or hardly at all.

Victoria and Albert MuseumVisited? YES

I have been to the V&A alot of times, on school trips, on days out and even with friends. It is a really interesting museum and the one thing that they are really good at is exhibitions I have been to some fantastic ones over the years.

British Museum Visited? Maybe

I actually cannot remember if I have been to the British Museum – I think i did when I was a kid but can’t remember too much about it. Whenever we went to museums about history we would go to the Museum of London a lot so that is why I can’t remember this one because it was not one we went to frequently.

Natural History Museum Visited? Yes

Out of all the museums in London, I think that this is one that I have been to the most. It was another museum that was visited a lot as a child and it is near a lot of the other big museums. I always loved the escalator up to the museum and the parts about natural disasters. There used to be a machine in the jungle section that used to scare me so much as a kid.

National Gallery Visited? Yes

I am in Trafalgar Square area alot and I have been in the National Gallery a lot, whether it is to use the toilet, have a coffee catch up with a friend it is safe to say that this this museum is used differently to others. I have been around it a few times in it’s entirity but if I go to look around it these days I head to rooms where I know I like the art.

Tate ModernVisited? Yes

I am not the biggest fan of a lot of modern art and everytime I go around the Tate Modern I started having arguments with some of the art on show. Saying that I have seen some impressive art there by favourite being the Maman Spider which now sits outisde the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

Big Ben and WestministerVisited? Yes

If you live in London you always see Big Ben, it is an iconic building in London and has a fantastic architecture as well.

Buckingham PalaceVisited? Yes

When I say I have visited Buckhingham Palace, I mean I have walked past it so many times, I haven’t been to the museum part. It really is a wonderful walk towards Buckingham Palace if you go from Trafalguar Square and when all the flags are up you cannot help but feel patriotic.

Westminister Abbey- Visited? No

I don’t think I can get away with, walked past a few times for Westminster Abbey, I have heard that it is really impressive inside but it is such a huge tourist spot and as a local you do try and avoid those ares when you can.

St Pauls CathedralVisited? Yes

Ok so this may be another place I haven’t been inside but it is a place that I like alot. The area of St Pauls is surrounded by a lot of B2B companies so there is always a lot of business people around but I love this area of London. There is something about it as there is no other place in London that is like this.

Tower of LondonVisited? No

I have walked past it numerous times, I have even been ice skating on it’s grounds outside but I have never been inside the Tower Of London. I do not kmow why and I must make the effort one day as it would be interesting to see the Crown Jewels.

Royal Observatory Visited? No

I went to Greenwich for the first time in years at the beginning of this year and I made it my mission to walk up the hill to see the Observatory – it was shut as it was early morning but it was pretty cool to see it. I love the stars and solar systems and must make an effort to go at some point.

Shakespeare Globe Visited? No

I think this is one of the tourist attractions that I walk past the most but I have never been in the Globe. I must make an effort to visit after the pandemic but I have to be in the mood for shakespeare.

Cutty SarkVisited? Yes

When I was a kid I visited the Cutty Sark – I don’t have many memories but I know that I have been to it.

London Zoo Visited? Yes

I love London Zoo and have been there many times ( I even got in free once as I used to know a volunteer who used to work there). I am always happiest around animals and this zoo is so huge it has so many that you can really get lost there and have a great day out.

London EyeVisited? Yes

I have only been up the London Eye once – my friend used to work for the company that owned it so I even got to get on the attraction for free! It gives you a good view of London but I personally have areas I prefer elsewhere but it would be great for tourists.

Tower Bridge Visited? Yes

I love Tower Bridge it is such an iconic part of the London imagery that it always makes me happy to see. If I have been away from London for a long time I will make an effort to go and see it. I haven’t been in the actual experience but I don’t think you need to.

Trafalgar Square-Visited? Yes

I love Trafalgar Square, I have been there in all weathers and even seen Robin Williams, Steve Coogan and others film Night At The Museum 3 there too. It is an absolutely thriving part of London and I love the fourth Plynth which they change art on every quarter.

Piccadilly Circus – Visited? Yes

Whilst I like Piccadilly Circus, I aim to avoid it as much as I can because it is such a huge tourist attraction that it can be incredibly busy.

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