London called out for aimless exploration. DIY – Do It Yourself sightseeing.
|Street Scene Mayfair District|
We’d booked a hotel. But nothing more than that and our flight to the States five days later had been given much thought.
|A Home? A Club? in London's Mayfair District|
While that is far too unstructured for some of you and probably has you wiggling in your chair with discomfort, we found that having no expectations meant we had no disappointments. We hadn't arrived with a list of 'must-see' or 'must do'.
Because we weren’t rushing to get to the Tower Bridge, or Big Ben, or Buckingham Palace, or some other of London’s ‘tourist sites’ we had time to enjoy the street scenes that played out right before us – scenes we’d have likely ignored had we been racing to get somewhere to see ‘something’.
Exploring the Mayfair district
|Selfridge and Co. on Oxford Street|
A delightful place, its history only adds to its ambiance: in 1536 King Henry VIII confiscated Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey. Back then it was used primarily for hunting. King Charles I opened the park to the public in 1637. The current park layout was planned by architect Decimus Burton in 1825.
|Animals in War Monument - Hyde Park|
|American Embassy at Grosvenor Square|
Seeing London – On foot
|No getting lost in London - thanks to these signs|
Should you become confused about where you’ve taken yourself, you’ll find clarification from one of the many signs installed at intervals throughout the town, which tell you not only where you are, but what you are near as well.
For those who can’t or don’t want to walk, the city has any number of sightseeing options including:
|Tours of London from the Thames are popular|
|Regular city buses are a good way to see the city|
|Is it a bus or a boat or both?|
We set out on foot with tourist map (from the hotel concierge) in hand and next week I’ll tell you about some of the places we visited on this spur-of-the-moment DIY tour of ours. Thanks so much for the time you spent with us today. Our wishes for safe and healthy travels ~
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