October 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm #160196
Okay, I have an unavoidable layover in London, so I thought I’d check with you guys to see if I could get a list of significant pieces of landscape architecture/building architecture in London.
The two musts on my list are:
St. James Square
What do you think?October 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm #160204Terry NaranjoParticipant
Thames riverfront outside the Tate Modern Gallery
Millennium Bridge (toward St. Pauls Cathedral from Tate)
City Hall area near London Bridge
Kings Cross and St. Pancras Stations
Mind the Gap!October 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm #160203Jason T. RadiceParticipant
St. Paul’s Cathedral (if you’re going to see Westminster Abbey)
Tower of London
London Eye (so you can see LOTS of architecture from ONE spot!)
And if the weather sucks…The British Museum. That will burn lots of time and you get to see things you will not see anywhere else.October 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm #160202
Good recommendations. Any good, modern urban design?October 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm #160201Daniel RadaiParticipant
The Docklands Area I would say! If you don’t have much time, just taking the DLR towards Greenwich could get you a cool experience!October 3, 2011 at 2:39 am #160200Terry NaranjoParticipant
Go check out the updates being made for the Olympic sites. Not sure what you’ll have access to.
The interior roof of the British Museum main atrium is nothing short of spectacular.
City Hall area is near Tower of London, not London Bridge (my error) Quite modern.
Tate Modern area and Millennium Bridge at night, you will not find a more dynamic modern experience IMO…simply one of the greatest urban experiences in the world…hands down.October 3, 2011 at 7:54 am #160199Jon_hpParticipant
Thames Barrier Park is well worth a look. Design museum is interesting if weather is bad, and there’s some good landscaping along the Thames near there.October 4, 2011 at 12:29 am #160198Cara McConnellParticipant
Puhlease! Not enough time. By the time you leave the airport and get to your destination, you have 5 minutes before you need to be on your way back to the airport. Public transportation is way too slow. When you start the security checks, you will have no luggage since it’s a connection flight, which means security pulls you aside thinking you’re a terrorist. Many hours of brutal interrogation in a dungeon basement follows and by the time they let you go, your missed flight already landed at your destination. Someone steals your lone bags circling the luggage carousal by itself, then sells everything on Ebay.
Don’t be cheap. Visit London the real way.October 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm #160197
Thanks for all the great ideas. Just thought I’d respond back and let you all know how the 18 hours went. We did a lot in a short amount of time, and the weather couldn’t have been much nicer. Here’s the itinerary for the day:
Underground to Westminster Station
Walk by Big Ben and Parliament
Walk along the Thames and over to Trafalgar Square
Walk over to/through St. James Park
Walk by Buckingham Palace
Cross over into Hyde Park
Take a nap on the lawn with hundreds of other Londoners
Stumble upon the beautiful Princes Diana memorial (beautiful water feature that I’ve always seen in pictures)
Wind up in Notting Hill’s Prince Albert Bar for a leisurely drink/dinner
Underground back to Heathrow
All in all good trip! Those Brits sure do love their gardening and know how to use perennials well. Didn’t get to see much modern urban design on this trip, but that was okay. Thanks again for the thoughts everyone provided.
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