I've been very fortunate in my life to have the opportunity to travel. I love seeing the world and meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and being immersed in the day to day routines that other cities have to offer. I'm a real history buff, I have a minor in history after all, and I'd have to say my favorite cities to visit are those that have history bleeding from the city walls, oozing out of the ground with every step I take.
London, England is one such city. It seems that even in the newer parts of town, there are buildings older than the US itself. Around every corner is a visual treasure and history lesson. Now, I've met plenty of people who HATE London for various reasons, and I've come to the conclusion that it's a love it or hate it kind of place. I for one LOVE this gray yet vibrant city, which offers everything a city should. (um, hello shopping and yummy treats!)
I first traveled to London all by myself when I was just 20. I went for only four days with the intent to move there, alone. However, in the funny way life works, I ended up not moving there because I fell in love and ran off and got married (a story for another day). But over the years I've been able to get to know this city and all the details it has to offer.
Any who, if you ever have the opportunity to take a trip to England, I highly recommend a trip to London, if even for a night or two.
Sit in Starbucks on Brompton Rd., just outside Harrod's Shopping Center, and people watch. This is a crazy busy, yet beautiful shopping mall and the Starbucks serves you with nice china.
Take a walk in the Victoria Tower Gardens on the River Thames just south of the Westminster Abby. The location is great and the garden is not as busy as the Jubilee Gardens (where the London Eye is located) to the north.
Take the Tube, aka the Underground. If you live in a place that doesn't provide this sort of public transportation, then I recommend having a go. Within a day or so of riding you'll feel like a native, and it gets you all over the city in no time.
Visit a fish and chips shop/stand. Now, I'm not a huge fan of fish or fried food, but I've been told that for those who are, London is the place to try this famous dish.
Get a London Pass or any kind of touristy city pass... they save you money on entry fees at some of the city's famous attractions, as well as allowing you to bypass lines at the door.