To follow are a series of blogs created by Coutours. These help stitch together the fascinating fabric of London into a series of interesting tales and stories to showcase London in all its glory.
We got our heads together and decided on London’s top five, must see attractions.
St Paul’s has one curious and charming phenomenon that should never be missed- the Whispering Gallery. Climb 259 steps up the dome and you will find it. It’s a circular walkway which hugs the dome structure, offering a vertigo inducing view of the cathedral floor far below.
Whisper along the curving wall, and someone on the other side of the circular walkway, more than 33m away, will be able to hear you- clear as if you were standing right next to them. Whilst you’re doing it, imagine the secrets and sweet nothings, that the dome has heard over the past three centuries!
Sir John Soane, born at the end of the 28th century, was one of England’s most remarkable architects. e He designed his own house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and filled it with a remarkable collection of curiosities and surprises. He collected antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models and drawings, and paintings
including work by Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto. The house became a public museum after his death for the benefit of us all to enjoy.
It began as a simple grocery store, but soon earned a reputation for selling the highest quality foods and imported delicacies to London’s high society. It even invented the Scotch Egg! The quality of the food has remained excellent. Have a peek at their luxury Christmas and picnic hampers - a British tradition dating back to the Victorian era, ranging in price from a rather reasonable £35 to a jaw dropping £25,000!
There’s plenty to do besides shopping. Why not drop in to their award-winning wine bar, or treat yourself to the marvelous Viennese cakes and strudels at the ice cream parlor.
If you are interested in seeing, make sure you see a show performed on the Olivier Stage. It is one of the largest and most awe inspiring auditoriums you will ever see. Built in an amphitheatre style, The theatre was based on the Ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus, which had an open stage and fan-shaped auditorium. Go and see Ralph Fiennes star in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra which opens on the 18th of September.
Don’t miss the ancient graffitti in the White Tower. Many prisoners carved their names into the walls of the Tower, such as Hew Draper, a 16th-century Bristol innkeeper sent to the Tower for sorcery. Draper carved a large and detailed astrological sphere with Zodiacal signs, numbers and lines and wrote: “Hew Draper of Brystow made this sphere the 30 day of Maye anno 1561.
As a tour guide and a lover of London, I will be writing a series of interesting stories about London; tales I have heard, places I have visited, tasty food I have eaten and delicious drinks I have enjoyed. Watch out for this every week or so.