Eclectic: The city’s culture, style, art, food, architecture, and ideas represent a broad combination of sources to form London’s unique personality. From the French café to the Indian take-out to the fish-and-chips corner shop, British cuisine pretty much makes up a taste of the world. You’ll find Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork in the National Gallery and graffiti at the South Bank Skate Park. The view from the top of the London Eye consists of centuries-old buildings such as Parliament, contemporary architecture such as the Tate Modern, and many construction cranes constantly adding new shapes to the skyline. The streets and people are diverse, allotting each tourist a cultural awakening during their visit. London is not dull, that’s for sure, and you’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy while you’re there!
Inspiring: If traveling to a foreign place isn’t inspiring enough, then London will really push you over the edge of creativity and motivation. I mean, is it really possible that you can visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or any of the numerous museums and not feel an ounce of inspiration? The city will become your muse, and no matter what your outlet of choice may be, the result will be lovely. The city also encourages independence and exploration, after all, it’s a breeze getting from one end of the city to the other on their underground Tube system. Luscious green parks, mesmerizing fountains, calming lakes, and fun bike paths are all at your fingertips – get out and enjoy the non-city-like parts of London, and they just might end up truly inspiring you. But if you’d rather navigate the streets between the sky-scrappers, that’s fine too! No wonder so many famous literary, artistic, and theatrical icons did their best work in London!
Historical: History is everywhere you turn in London - every block, building, park, statue, or store. If you’re a history nerd then you’ll absolutely love visiting the sites of famous locations and events, but even if you aren’t quite the fan (like myself), I promise you’ll still be awe-struck at the sights and stories that London holds. The City of London has experienced plague, war, fire, and turmoil, and still has become a cultural capital of the world, with many countries, including our own, adopting concepts and methods from them. It’s incredible that, as tourists, you can visit the very roots of London’s past and stand in the places that famous icons once stood. From the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey to the Thames River, history is omnipresent. I’d highly recommend doing a tad bit of homework before your excursion to London so that you’re familiar with some of the places you’ll be exploring. I did more research after my time there, and although it is neat to watch a documentary and see the places where I actually was, it would have been more beneficial to know the fun facts and tidbits prior to my tourist endeavors. Regardless, embrace London’s vast historical presence in every way that you possibly can!