Tower of London
This iconic, tourist-favourite fort has watched over the capital for hundreds of years, and though it’s expensive, crowded and not amazingly curated, there’s so much history to explore across its grounds, walls and various towers you can’t help but be won over.
Houses Of Parliament
Many tourists believe a tour of London isn’t complete without a trip to the towering centre of government for the UK, and they’d be right – whatever your political beliefs, the grand, neo-Gothic interiors are well worth seeing in person. Sadly, trips to Big Ben are quite restricted.
While its museum and glass walkways aren’t much to write home about, you really can’t beat the impact of seeing this striking Neo-Gothic bridge up close and personal (for free). Pair your visit with a walk along the river from the South Bank to really appreciate its grandness from afar, or travel across the bridge itself on a bus in true London style.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
This may be one of the most impressive theatres you’ll ever get to see, so take a look at the calendar to pick the play that best works for you and prepare for something special, though I would recommend getting seats if you don’t want to stand for the whole show.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
While you can admire the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral from afar, the true majesty of the place can only be seen up close, especially the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery and the rather high Golden Gallery, which offers incredible views across the city, though may take a few years off your life if you’re scared of heights.
It’s kinda funny how for the first month where things have started to be lifted, I forgot to share a list with all the things I’m looking forward to! These lists kept me in a positive state of mind when I needed them over the winter, so I’d like to continue sharing even though we’re well into spring.
At Virginia Water Lake you’ll find a circular lakeside walk and nearby paths that transport you to enchanting woodlands, peaceful meadows and winding paths full of colourful flowering trees. All of this under one hour from London – not bad at all.
Within a few steps of entering the place you’ll begin to see great tree-lined lakeside views that reminded me of stunning sceneries I’ve seen in Austria, Germany and Slovenia. The walk around the lake is about 6.9 kilometres and you’ll come across an intriguing selection of trees, flowers and dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.
The Valley Gardens, situated on the north side of the Lake, are an attraction in themselves, and offer a range of botanical gardens which I think easily compete with Kew Gardens, especially as it’s for free!
What’s more? A man-made cascade waterfall, a huge totem pole gifted from Canada and the ancient ruins of a Roman City that was ‘gifted’ to the Prince Regent.
Virginia Water Lake is part of Great Windsor Park in Surrey. Trains from Waterloo whisk you there in 40 minutes, while it’s only 25 minutes from Clapham Junction. From Virginia Water Station to the Lake itself is another 25 minute walk.
The BAFTAs are hosted tonight and that brings back some sweet memories when I got to attend – well…guide and walk a talent down the red carpet.
So how on earth did I get there? Well, after I saw a film I really loved, I emailed the distributor about how much I liked it and to see if they were taking on interns. Two weeks later I was replying to press emails.
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