About mike e
Lives in Tampa, Florida
Since May 2013
I am a trustworthy reviewer, frank and forthright, if I did not like it, you won't.
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Art Museums, History Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Department Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks
History Museums, Natural History Museums
Bars & Clubs
Castles, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Gardens
What visit to London would be complete without it? This is our favorite old construction, history oozes here. Spend the money to get in, get a 2 for 1 advance ticket online if you can. There are great photo ops all around the complex, so in or out it is a must see.
This is a foodie paradise, and easily our favorite market. Your eyes will give way to your nose and stomach, and yes everything looks good. This is a must see, unless you don't like great food and company.
There is something for everyone here, and for free . This is fast becoming our favorite museum, and the food isn't bad either. We feel this is well worth your time.
This is a London icon and snapping pics. is a given, remember to walk across, and see both Thames pathways. We get on a Heritage Routemaster bus and ride across also when we can(old school). If you feel curious, do the tour , inside is a Victorian marvel.
This is the largest and the most beautiful of all the parks, and is our favorite. We love it at all times of day, the Bayswater side is the most lovely. People and dog watching are always entertaining here. Please do take time to find your spot and bench and picnic at least once in this truly magical and romantic park. Get yourself a bit off the beaten path(if not too wet) and check out the rather old trees, you will likely see more nature that way, its getting to the point for us that I seem to recognize some of the local creatures, ha!
This is the real deal; you wont see a better example of a Gothic Medieval cathedral than this, not in London anyway. Do not miss the Royal entombments. Elizabeth I and Edward the Confessor are great in effigy. You may find 2 for 1 discounts. We travel in May and this is not too likely at that time. Take time to appreciate the skill and beauty of the stonemasons' mastery. Observe closely the "buckled" fluted columns that have supported the roof for nearly 1000 years.
Well , well, the Rosetta stone. It is something to see, if you can get a good picture, consider yourself lucky. This is "the" museum, and is a must see. We love it, don't miss the Assyrian Gates. The Egyptian items are pretty slick and are the most you'll likely see out of Egypt.
I love British naval history and Old Nelson was awesome. We end up here at some point, maybe just to climb onto the lions, or at least watch people try. The National Gallery is here and is great museum. Oh, the one plinth they change for art is usually a garish folly, and demeans the greatness of Nelson. Still, its worth a gawk. Go in the N. gallery and see real art.
Here we have the one church in London that you really need to check out, perhaps above all others. Wren's masterpiece is magnificent indeed, and even if you don't dig religious stuff and things related, you will like touring this wonder. The reverence paid to England's naval heroes is touching and speaks of great heroic valor, and boy did they get a send off ! (of course there are other notables here , not only military). Do try to get to those imposing stairs and see the "whisper gallery" in the dome. We also recommend going all the way to the top for views and such. See the resting places of Wellington and Nelson in the crypt(vault). As we cross the millennium bridge and look up at the dome, even at night , I cant think of many more comfortingly beautiful images of this, our favorite and familiar foreign city.
We love Harrods, though it was better when Fayed owned it. The Food Halls here are a draw for us, being foodies and all. There is something for us all here. The items can be pricey, as you would expect, but you will find something to savor, and it will be reasonably priced. The floors are nicely laid out with the good stuff, and yes, you'll pay through the nose, but hey, its Harrods. They do take U.S. dollars, but the rate is not the best.
We tend to base in South Kensington, and as luck would have it , this cool museum was just down the road, so we checked it out. It is more enjoyable than you may expect and the building itself is rather well done brick and masonry that spews Victoriana and one can practically" feel" Darwin as you stroll about. We have been several times since our first visit, and will no doubt return.
This museum is worth a look and is pretty close to the National Gallery. The range of characters is impressive. You will find some surprising pieces to observe as well as the expected, all painted superbly.
What can I say, I love Holmes, and we like this place very much. It looks right and with a little imagination, its 1888! See this place, you will dig it too. Jeremy Brett was and will always be our favorite, none better.
This lovely and authentic little gem is a Bayswater standard and offers the good stuff at the best prices in London. We love eating here and like the buzzing about of the attentive wait staff, very old school. The food is rather good.
This is a trendy, hip and attractive area to explore and such, and it is on the way to Holland Park, which is usually part of our agenda when nearby. The movie made it seem a bit cooler than reality, but we like a brisk walk up and down to see what has or has not changed.
I recommend this once, especially if you are game for a bit of 1888 style gore history, which we were. This tour is usually well done and if you have the right guide, you may "feel" the terror.
This pub is across the street from the Tower of London complex and in the right booth, has good views of Tower Bridge also. The reason we love this pub is twofold. First the beer is great and priced decently ,second , is that they serve Old Rosie Cider which at 8% alcohol , is just perfect. Tie one on and check out the Tower complex, even if you already did, Rosie makes it better a second time around.
Highgate Cemetery is a place that we put off for a few years, but finally saw the last time around. We are glad we did and we recommend it. There are 2 sides , east and west, and the latter offers a tour guide and costs a bit more to enter. I say see the east side and explore it at your own pace, besides, who wants to hear some "mack" show and tell you about what they think is cool. I can easily picture a vampire Christopher Lee stalking about and it is a really moody place offering many great pics. (sepia is cool). Bring proper footwear as it is often damp and slippery, and you will want to make your own paths going for that closer look and pic. (rules be damned). Also, when you see old Karl Marx Lying there, give him the old American Finger salute, it is a humorous pic. to be sure ,even if it is impish.
This may not be the biggest or the best, but we liked it. Where else can you dodge the cold and rain to eat your snatched up lunch with a couple of giraffes in their enclosure? (yes, it smelled a bit, but we had to eat) . There will likely be groups of kids, so be on alert to avoid the noisy buggers.
First, let me say that this pub serves great fish and chips. Secondly, it is directly across from the Italian Gardens of Hyde Park. The beer is also rather nice.
It is no wonder that Wolsey was doomed when Henry VIII saw this brick marvel. We put this off our must list for a few years, and running out of day trip options, decided to see it. I must say it was one of the coolest daytrips we could have stumbled upon. Yes, I was always curious about it and knew its history pretty well(history buff), but we found it much better in actuality than any t.v. show could convey. The Tudor kitchens are great, and the food is enjoyable. They do have costumed characters including old Henry and the grounds are fabulous. The brickwork is" too good" and very impressively preserved. The interiors are just right to stroll through, all in all a great place.
Apsley House, a.k.a" Number one," is a special place to me because I love this part of English history and the Napoleonic wars particularly. The "Iron Duke" is a war god who lives forever, and though this moniker came not for his exploits, but rather for the huge iron shades over the windows, he is the definitive British commander of men, and from a time most needed. I feel intimate with the details of Waterloo, and touring The Duke's home just opens the history to my eyes as well as my mind. We recommend seeing this slice of 19th century" Dukedome", and pay heed to the great military man who saved Europe from Bonaparte. His tomb is under St.Pauls.