London Part I

The Big Smoke. The Swinging City. The capital. Whatever you want to call it, there's only one London. Constant clashes between busy business people dashing through the streets with their Pret coffees and the herds of waddling tourists stopping, staring and snapping at every nook and cranny. There's a slightly stale smell that lingers but is never addressed or confronted. Commuters on foot don't give a shit about walking through the speeding traffic and drivers don't give a shit about nearly clipping pedestrians. 

Much like Oslo, it's architecturally advanced and you're guaranteed to stumble across a landmark, a museum or a 'place to be' anywhere you go. But that's where the similarities end. There are heaps of litter next to, not in, the bins. It's hectic and loud and you become painfully aware of how small you are in the grand scheme of things. There are genuine road signs warning bus drivers that the trees lining the streets may hang low. But, most importantly, it's a hyper-patriotic city: Britannia themed gift shops adjoining every major attraction, Union Jacks flying high wherever possible, the 'pie minister' pub grub menu banter. Classic.
Criterion Theatre - I was lucky enough to watch multi-award winning comedy The 39 Steps in its final week
(Left) Paintings on leaves at Ripley's Believe It or Not!//(Right) Section of the Berlin Wall at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Details at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Display celebrating Alice in Wonderland's 150th birthday
National Portrait Gallery
Van Gogh at the National Portrait Gallery
Monet at the National Portrait Gallery

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