“Excuse me miss”
Radiohead was pumping loud out of my earphones.
The voice starts getting annoyed.
I turn. Look down. Just a step behind me on the escalator an irritated little man waves me off to make me slide further to the right-hand side of the escalator, pointing out the bold characters of the “stand on the right, walk on the left” sign, a few meters from us.
That was my very first approach with a Londoner, and I personally found it quite an unpleasant acquaintance. How insane, I thought, an overtaking lane on the escalator. Seen through the eyes of a young woman who’d always lived in the Venetian countryside that was absurd. However, just a year after the episode had occurred, I found myself being the inpatient commuter, who, grumbling loudly, informs the unaware tourist of the offence he’s just committed, a real sacrilege in the unstoppable metropolis. I hadn’t quite realized that the city swallowed me too, spitting me cruelly into its flow of people where the pace is fast and furious and people simply run.
Here, a mixture of cultures and creeds blend together and rapidly moves through the jungle of blocks of flats and attractions where the traveler can be easily swept in. The pulsing heart of the UK never stops and, kept alive by 13 underground lines and a thick network of buses, it is Europe’s largest city.
Its multi-faceted personality is pervaded by a cosmopolitan soul which shows only a glimpse of Britain’s polite manners and tea culture, losing its identity to embrace the multicultural face that is London‘s distinctive character.
Abundant in life and technically ahead of any other city in Europe but yet, London is made only for fighters (or fat wallets). Fighting for the best spot on the train, the apartment in the central or the best bargain in the ocean of opportunities the city is overloaded with – the vibrant metropolis is a beehive, and the industrious Londoners keep it moving.
London is divided into 6 zones , gathering a great number of major attractions within zone 1. Museums, restaurants, monuments and parks – anything can be found in the vibrant London, which, due to its vastness, is further divided into diverse neighborhoods. And it’s the diversity of the neighborhoods the fascinating part of it all, seeing the hippy Shoreditch rubbing shoulders with the touristy Piccadilly, and the punk-paradise Camdem Town in zone one like the posh South Kensington.
Some of my favorite destinations though, tend to be unknown to the traveler, but we are going to tell you all about it soon, with our: “London’s hidden gems”. Stay tuned.
For more info: http://www.visitlondon.com/