The City, London

One of the great things about working in Europe is vacation. In Denmark, employees are required to take a minimum of 4 week’s by law with most employers providing a total of six weeks.

In Denmark, the vacation year runs from May to April. As a result, I found myself in the unfortunate circumstance of having to take couple weeks vacation in April, not including the Easter holidays. Aware of my predicament in advance, I arranged with a Canadian friend to meet in London for a week to soak up British culture. He was looking for vacation partner and someone with knowledge of the city and I…well, I’m always open for a visit to London…

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I’ve visited London a number of times for both work and pleasure (usually both). Having lived in the NYC area for a short period, London is the only other city I have visited which exhibits the same vibrancy as the Big Apple. While I prefer the laidback atmosphere of Paris or Montreal, it is precisely for this reason why these cities will never be the global capitals that London and New York are.

It is impossible to describe London. It is simply too large and diverse to capture all that it has to offer. Each return is an opportunity to revisit sites from trips past while making new discoveries along the way with this trip being no different. Some new discoveries were planned, others were simply serendipitous. I have divided the pictures up into a number of posts and supplemented them with a few from the past.

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The City is the historic heart of London. Here, modern edifices like the Gherkin coexist with classic buildings such as the Tower of London, St Pauls and Tower Bridge. Although I have stayed in the City previously and it has lots of tourist attractions, it is primarily a business and tourist destination without much life in the evening and weekends.

Skyline of The City, flanked by the Gherkin

The Royal Exchange, viewed from the front of the Bank of England, the center of London’s financial district

Highlights of this visit to The City were Evening Prayers at St Paul’s Cathedral and returning to Leadenhall Market, an upscale market dating to the 14th century. Its vibrant colours and striking architecture were used in the filming of one of the Harry Potter movies.

St Paul’s Cathedral, constructed by renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren

Millenium Bridge, leading to St Paul’s. The suspenion bridge was closed for two year after opening because of swaying

Nave of St Paul’s, viewed from the Whispering Gallery above

Leadenhall Market, a high end market catering to tourists and business types

Although my friend wanted to visit, I took a pass on the Tower of London and Tower Bridge as I had visited them previously.

The Tower of London

Traitor’s Gate. Entering the Tower this way meant you weren’t getting out…

The Beefeaters, ceremonial guardians of the Tower and the Crown Jewels. Beefeaters must have 22 years of military service.

Tower Bridge, on a rare ocassion that is was open

Renovations and a new paint job, in preparation for the Queen’s Jubilee and the Summer Olympics

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About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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