London Calling

Every so often a country does something stupid which has enormous social and economic consequences. For example, a country might decide to elect a well-known con man and reality television star as president. Another might decide to leave an economic union that has brought it peace, economic growth and progress, and wealth as a center for banking and finance. The recent British decision to leave the European Union, or Brexit, has seen the British pound fall dramatically. When I visited a few years ago, a pound cost $1.77. During my most reason visit, a pound cost $1.55. Today, you can buy a pound for $1.24. London is calling.

London today is a bargain not to be missed. For our next trip, we will rent an apartment thus saving even more money. It will be our fourth trip but London has enough to see and do to fill many visits. Because London is so well known, I doubt there are any secret places to see so you can trust the guidebook to direct you.  The museums are nothing short of incredible. The British spent the wealth of the empire well when they invested in art. Go to the Tate, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Art and the Courtlaud at a minimum. I love the Tate for its Turner collection.  I also enjoy lunch in the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields after a visit to the National Gallery. Just look for the Anglican church at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square.

The British Museum is a must for any trip to London. At one time, the sun never set on the British empire and the enormous collection is proof of that empire’s riches. Of course, the Greeks might say it is proof of the plundering of foreign lands. Regardless of how you view it, the Elgin Marbles are incredible.

Of course this is just a start, there is much more to see: London Bridge, Tower of London, St. Paul’s, the Eye, Parliament, Westminster Abby, a bus tour to Stonehenge, Greenwich, and more. What are you waiting for? Get your ticket while the pound is going down.

 

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