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"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."

So wrote Samuel Johnson, a country boy seduced by the bright lights and bustle of a big city and who, as is obvious from this quote, never got out much.  But then, just as history is always written by the victors, so Johnson wrote the Dictionary and the financial and political potentates paint over the cracks with his literary whitewash.

The reality is that London is filthy, over-priced, over-rated, over-crowded; the transport system is worse than many third world countries and you will be treated with contempt and disdain as you queue for hours in the pouring rain to see waxworks of St Diana and be ripped-off by the cream of Europe's scam artists.

There are a few redeeming features such as the free art galleries and museums, but if you have limited time you will get far more out of England by leaving the capital as fast as possible.  Contrary to what the (London based) media tell you, there is life beyond Watford and 80% of the population live there.   So, to save you time and lots of money here is a picture of Big Ben.  Now you have seen it and can go and enjoy the rest of England.

London Transport Westminster South Bank City of London
British Museum Science Museum St Pancras Art Deco


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Jeremy Harrison 2005-2013